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525/7847 Choral Arranging

This course explores the essential concepts and techniques for arranging choral music at the elementary and secondary school levels, including voice types and ranges; notation; harmonic principles; the importance of text in regards to mood and melodic shape; keyboard accompaniment; homophonic and contrapuntal textures; two-, three- and four-part densities; and adapting an existing arrangement to a different setting. Lectures, discussion, analysis of musical examples, quizzes, arranging exercises, projects and performance of all projects and arranging exercises are all components of this course.
Course requirements: Textbook: Contemporary Choral Arranging by Arthur Ostrander and Dana Wilson (Pearson, ISBN 978-0131697560); Notation software: Sibelius is preferred, but Finale, Noteflight, Musescore, etc. will work; Online chat capability: There is a mandatory chat once a week, time and day to be determined by the instructor based on students' schedules. Students will need to have headphones and a microphone (built into computer is acceptable) to participate in chat sessions.
 
* Choral Arranging is offered at two course levels. Students enrolled in the MMEd program at VanderCook are eligible to enroll at the 500 level. Students not enrolled in the MMEd program who wish to earn graduate credit as a continuing education student should register at the 7000 level. The difference in credits earned and tuition cost is attributed to the difference in tuition rates between the two programs. If you are unsure which section is best for you, please contact us at pbenson@vandercook.edu.
 

Instructor: Thomas Jesse

Jesse,_Tom_headshot_2015Tom Jesse studied music at Michigan State University and got his Music Education at Northern Illinois University.  He earned his MMEd from Vandercook College of Music in 2013.  In his teaching career, Mr. Jesse has taught K-6 general music, 6-12 chorus, Musical Theatre, Music Technology, Guitar, Acting and Theatre Technology.   He has studied jazz arranging with Jennifer Barnes and choral arranging with Mary Ann Krupa.  He has written arrangements for professional a cappella groups as well as numerous arrangements for Women’s chorus and Middle School chorus. He currently sings for FAMEntertainment and teaches 6-8th grade chorus and 6ht grade general music at Kennedy Junior High in Lisle, IL.

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Course Information

525(Grad) Choral Arranging, 2 credits
7847 (MECA) Choral Arranging, 3 credits
 
Instructor:Thomas Jesse
Online
 
2 graduate credits: $1,080 tuition, due in full with registration
3 graduate credits: $1,020 tuition, due in full with registration
 

Course requirements: Textbook: Contemporary Choral Arranging by Arthur Ostrander and Dana Wilson (Pearson, ISBN 978-0131697560); Notation software: Sibelius is preferred, but Finale, Noteflight, Musescore, etc. will work; Online chat capability: There is a mandatory chat once a week, time and day to be determined by the instructor based on students' schedules. Students will need to have headphones and a microphone (built into computer is acceptable) to participate in chat sessions.

ENROLLMENT Limited to 10

 
 
Fall ONLINE COURSE DETAILS
 
VanderCook Online is powered by Schoology (www.schoology.com). Through this learning management system, you'll be able to interact directly with your instructor, students in your classes, and members of the greater VanderCook Online community.
 
Fall term classes officially begin on Monday, September 18. Soon after you register, you'll be added as a new Schoology user. Be on the lookout for an email from Schoology with log-in instructions. Once you are given credentials, simply visit www.online.vandercook.edu to login. On the morning of September 18, students are added to classes, at which point you'll have access to your classroom and course material.
 
Some courses have specific online chat meeting times (please see course descriptions), while others have a flexible meeting schedule. You can expect all courses to meet together in a live online chat. If a live meeting time doesn’t work, you can work with your instructor to make other arrangements.
 
You’ll have the opportunity to work at your own pace each week while completing assignments and posting responses to discussion questions. You’ll constantly be interacting with your instructor and classmates online, and working through new material each week. We know how crazy school schedules can get, so our instructors try to make everything as flexible as possible!
 
The Fall Online Term runs from September 18 until December 17, 2017 (13 weeks). There are no Online classes the week of November 20-26 because of fall break).
 
Online grades will be reported by December 20th. If you are in need of a transcript please visit the online transcript request page. If you are in need a quick turn around time for your transcript please submit the transcript request to the registrar prior to the end of your course(s).
 
 
 

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