Band Arranging (Online)

Develop skills and techniques for arranging concert band and wind ensemble compositions, and become familiar with the instrumentation, devices, techniques and types of scoring that can be used. You will learn to prepare one full arrangement in this course.
A full version of Sibelius or Finale music notation software is required; basic skills in these programs are a prerequisite for this class. All project submissions, grading and returns will be done electronically. This course is a requirement for students in the band track who are completing the master of music education degree at VanderCook. Online chat sessions will be held on Wednesdays from 5:00-6:00 p.m. CST starting February 5. 

Instructor: Ken Snoeck


Kenneth Snoeck has retired from a thirty-five year teaching career, the last twenty-three of which were at Lake Park High School in Roselle, IL.  While at Lake Park, Mr. Snoeck’s concert bands toured to Moscow, Russia in 1997, performing concerts with the band of the Russian Defense Ministry. In 2000, the concert bands toured France, performing a joint concert with the French Navy Band in Toulon. The Lake Park Wind Ensemble was also an Illinois Superstate concert band contest participant on multiple occasions.
Mr. Snoeck received Bachelor of Science in Education and Master of Music degrees from Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant, MI. In 1973, Mr. Snoeck was awarded the College Band Director’s National Association “Best Original Manuscript for the Biennium 1971-1973 composition prize for “Scaramouch”, Symphony No. 3 for Winds and Percussion. He was inducted into the Bands of America Hall of Fame in 2004 and awarded an honorary doctorate from VanderCook College of Music in 2008.
Since retiring from full time teaching in 2004, Mr. Snoeck has devoted his time to music composition, arranging and adjudication, traveling to Canada and across the United States as a judge for band events. He lives in suburban Chicago with his wife Pamela.



Registration for all online courses closes at 12:00 noon Central Time on January 31, 2014. All online courses will begin on February 3 and conclude on May 2, 2014.

Course Information

522/7524 Band Arranging (Online)
3 graduate credits: $900 tuition, due in full with registration
2 graduate credits: $1,028 tuition, due in full with registration
MECA students (3-credit option): register for 7524
MMEd students (2-credit option): register for 522
Band Arranging has two course levels. Students enrolled in the MMEd program at VanderCook are eligible to enroll in online courses at the 500 level. Students not enrolled in the MMEd program who wish to earn graduate credit as a MECA 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 for the MMEd and MECA Continuing Education programs. If you are unsure which section is best for you, please contact us directly at

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