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Teaching the Middle School Band

Proper planning, preparation and delivery is essential to the success of a middle level band. Students in this online course will be involved in experiences centered around age-appropriate repertoire, tone and pitch development, rehearsal strategies and techniques, recruitment and retention, advocacy, creative warm-ups, curriculum scope and sequence, and the development of listening skills. You will observe rehearsals as well as record your own band rehearsal. The ultimate goal of this course is improving performance and developing comprehensive musicianship in your students.

Instructor: Stacey Larson Dolan

Stacey Larson DolanStacey Larson Dolan  is the Undergraduate Dean and Assistant Director of Bands at VanderCook College of Music in Chicago, IL.  At VanderCook, she teaches a variety of music education courses, conducting courses and ensembles at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Prior to her appointment at VanderCook in 2004, Ms. Larson had a successful twelve-year career in both private and public education.  Her past positions include Blackhawk Middle School, Bensenville, IL, St. Viator H.S., Arlington Heights, IL, a staff member of the highly acclaimed Lake Park H.S. marching band and the twelve year conductor / creative director of the Bensenville Young Musicians Mentor Band.



Registration for all online courses closes at 12:00 noon CST on February 3, 2017. All online courses will begin on February 6, 2017 and conclude on May 7, 2017.

Course Information

7634 Teaching The Middle School Band
3 graduate credits
Tuition: $900, due in full with registration.

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VanderCook College of Music

3140 South Federal Street
Chicago, IL 60616-3731
(312) 225-6288

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