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All online MECA courses begin
on February 3 and conclude on
May 4, 2020.
 
Registration for all online
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on Friday, January 31.
 
Spring break for online
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Advanced Woodwind Methods *

ONLINE
February 3May 4, 2020

This graduate-level course provides appropriate techniques, procedures and materials for teaching flute, clarinet, saxophone, oboe and bassoon. Learn to differentiate instruction for correcting problems associated with embouchure formation, tone production, posture, holding and hand positions; analyze fingering differences among the woodwind instruments; compare and contrast intonation tendencies of woodwind instruments; analyze alternate fingerings; and assess general performance issues. 

* Advanced Woodwind Methods 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 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 level is best for you, please contact us directly at meca@vandercook.edu.
 

Instructor: Ruth A. Rhodes

Rhodes,_Ruth_headshotRuth A. Rhodes (BMEd ‘69) teaches woodwind courses at both the graduate and undergraduate levels, and previously served as Graduate Dean and Professor of Clarinet at VanderCook. After receiving her bachelor’s degree from VanderCook, she earned her Master of Music degree from the musical college of Roosevelt University. She is a clarinetist with the Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra; co-founded and performed with the chamber group Ensemble d’Accord (including live broadcasts in the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series on WFMT); and performed with the Opera Theater of Illinois for several seasons in addition to the Orchestra of Illinois and Lyric Opera of Chicago. She has had great fun performing on stage with The Moody Blues, Kansas, Led Zeppelin, ABBA, Mannheim Steamroller, Itzhak Perlman, Marilyn Horne, Frank Sinatra Jr. and Tony Bennett, among others. Her articles have been published in Bandworld Magazine and in The Instrumentalist. She served as a woodwind consultant on the Essential Elements Band Method DVD for Hal Leonard Publishing, and was an adjudicator for the Boosey & Hawkes Buffet-Crampon Clarinet Competition. She is very proud to have served her alma mater for over 40 years as a faculty member and administrator.

Course Details

Advanced Woodwind Methods

Course Code 7520
 
Instructor: Ruth A. Rhodes

MECA Students:
3 Graduate Credits
Course Code 7520
Special Promotions!
Register between Nov. 18 and Dec. 23 for $995!
 
Register between Dec. 24 and Jan. 15 for $1,025!
 
Full tuition of $1,050 resumes January 16, 2020.
 
MMEd Students:
2 Graduate Credits
Course Code 552
Tuition: $1,110

Promotional pricing is not available for the MMEd 2-credit option.
 
Tuition is due in full with registration regardless of promotional rate or credit option.
 
Online Chat Sessions
TBD
 
Prerequisites
TBD
 
Required Text(s)
None
 
Software/Hardware Requirements
Access to a Mac, PC or Chromebook, connected to the Internet.
 
Basic computer skills are required such as setting up accounts, creating usernames & passwords, uploading & downloading files, basic typing skills, and familiarity using the Internet.
 

 

MECA 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.
 
Spring 2020 MECA courses officially begin on Monday, February 3. 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 February 3, 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!
 
Online grades will be reported by mid-May. 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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