The Midwest Experience: A Retrospective

Make the most of your Midwest Clinic experience! Earn 1-2 semester hours of graduate credit attending clinic sessions and concerts at McCormick Place West, located at 2301 S. Lakeshore Drive on December 18-21, 2013. Students must attend 12.5 clock hours of clinic sessions and concerts for one credit and 25 clock hours for two credits. A notebook summarizing and critiquing all sessions and concerts attended, including copies of all handouts, concert programs and other supporting materials, must be submitted no later than January 21, 2014. Sample notebooks will be available upon request at the VanderCook College of Music booth in the exhibit area.

Coordinator: Rick Palese

palese_rick_retouchRick Palese joined the administrative team at VanderCook in July 2010, however his relationship with the institution goes back much further. Rick is a VanderCook alumnus, having earned his B.M.Ed. in 2003, and M.M.Ed. in 2008.

Prior to being hired at VanderCook, Rick taught for seven years at Prairie Hill School in Cary, IL, where he directed both 5th and 6th grade bands. While at Prairie Hill, Rick also sponsored Jazz Club, Podcasting Club, and assisted with 6th grade musical productions and school assemblies.

Rick is an avid percussionist and maintains an active teaching studio at Absolute Music in Geneva, IL. He is a member of the Hudson Music Teacher Integration Project, and Vic Firth Education Team.


Course Information

7233 The Midwest Experience: A Retrospective

1 graduate credit - Tuition: $160 (7233A)
2 graduate credits - Tuition: $320 (7233B)
Tuition is due in full with registration

Click HERE for assignment requirements

Click HERE for assignment grading rubric

Location: McCormick Place West, 3201 S. Indiana, Chicago, IL


December 18-21

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