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Band Arranging

Develop skills and techniques for arranging compositions for the concert band and wind ensemble, and become familiar with the instrumentation, devices, techniques, and types of scoring that can be used.  Students will have weekly and bi-weekly scoring projects and prepare one complete arrangement as a final project.  A full version of Sibelius or Finale music notation software is required. All project submissions, grading, and returns will be done electronically. Basic skills in the use of Finale or Sibelius are a prerequisite for this class. Class online audio-video chat sessions will be held on Wednesdays, from 5:00-6:00 p.m. CST starting September 25.

Excel with Excel: Managing Your Music Program Needs

Music teachers work with numbers every day, whether scheduling lessons and concerts or creating budgets and purchase orders. Learning how to get the most out of Microsoft Excel will help you to turn your raw data into actionable information. This course is designed to teach you the best tips, tricks, and techniques when using Excel. You will learn how to apply Excel’s best practices while working with the scenarios that most school music teachers face. This course is designed for both the Windows and Mac versions of excel. Mac users register for section 7533A and Windows user register for section 7533B.

Theory Review

This is a refresher course in basic and chromatic theory. Students who need to brush up on their knowledge of theory before registering for graduate arranging courses should consider taking this elective course. Theory Review will also serve as a residency elective for students seeking the master of music education degree at VanderCook College of Music. 

The 21st Century Music Educator: Concepts and Techniques

Music teachers are working in school environments affected by new concepts of educational reform, a panoply of digital technologies, and various levels of austerity brought about by declining sources of public and private funding. This class examines the impact of reform efforts on teachers' lives, with emphasis on core standards in academic areas and in the arts; data based assessment of student learning and growth; new models of teacher accountability; and ways of increasing student engagement through project-based learning. Throughout, low cost and no-cost digital resources with be used and there will be a continual emphasis on the value of working with students' social and emotional learning in mind. Teachers and students will work in small on-line teams to create projects relevant to their life and work as contemporary music teachers.  

Administration and Organization of the Successful School Music Program

Administration and Organization of the Successful School Music Program will provide students with time-tested ways to help in effectively communicating with your students, parents, administration, colleagues, and community. Topics will include student recruitment and retention, preparing budget requests, organizing parent and booster groups, selecting and preparing for trip, and music advocacy. Students will be assigned specific readings and assignments will be practical in nature, meaning they will be directly applicable to their teaching situation.

Teaching Music in the Cloud

Times are changing in the world of educational software, and music software is at the cutting edge. Cloud-based tools are the future of software delivery, allowing students and teachers to use state-of-the-art music software on any machine in any browser at any time. This course will take an in depth view at many of these free and low-cost solutions and how they can be integrated into the K-12 music curriculum. From Learning Management Systems to online notation and sequencing, Teaching Music in the Cloud will get you up to speed with this exciting development in music technology. 

The Way of Music:  Developing Essential Skills from the Ground Up

The Way of Music provides an elemental foundation for music improvisation, alone, with partners, and in groups. It is well suited for students in performance, education, music therapy, jazz studies, and those seeking to increase their confidence in improvisation. Students begin working with the basic elements of music, developing their skills through non-idiomatic explorations that are accessible through a variety of instrumentation, including voice and one's primary instrument. Reading and writing music are not required; however, students are required to practice with other musicians and submit audio recordings of assignments.

Creating and Editing Digital Recordings

In this hands-on, project-based online course, participants will learn how to create high quality recordings of a wide variety of musical ensembles.  Participants will learn appropriate microphone selection and placement with consideration given to equipment they already have access to and what can be added (if necessary) within their budget.  Students will record then mix, edit and master these recordings using Audacity, a free cross-platform open source software program. The course covers setting up for recording, creating an Audacity project, editing, adding effects, enhancing the recordings, and mastering the recordings for CD or online distribution.  Students will submit several audio projects as well as video journals demonstrating their understanding of course topics.  Students should be familiar and comfortable with standard computer operation and functions.  They must also have access to their own computer (either Mac or PC) with high-speed Internet access.  Participants must also have access to microphones and other digital recording/interface equipment – details will be discussed (including several options for purchase or borrowing from a colleague if necessary) in the first week of the course.

 
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