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Advanced Woodwind Methods (Online)

552/7527 Advanced Woodwind Methods

This graduate-level course provides appropriate techniques, procedures and materials for use in 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 analyze general performance issues.

Instructor: Ruth A. Rhodes

Rhodes,_Ruth_headshotRuth Rhodes recently retired as Dean of Graduate Studies after having served in that position for 19 years.  As Professor of Music Education, she continues to teach graduate and undergraduate woodwind techniques and woodwind methods classes at VanderCook College of Music.

In 1987 Ms. Rhodes was selected by Dr. Victor Zajec to succeed him as the clarinet instructor at VanderCook and served in that capacity until her retirement from that position in 2005.  In addition, she served as assistant to President Roseanne Rosenthal from 1989 to 1996, served as Director of Continuing Education from 1994 to 2008, and was named Dean of Graduate Studies in 1996.  She is very proud to have served her alma mater for almost 30 years as an administrator and faculty member.

Ms. Rhodes received her Bachelor of Music Education degree from VanderCook College of Music and her Master of Music degree from Chicago Musical College of Roosevelt University. She has been a member of the clarinet section of the Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra since 1988, co-founded and performed with the chamber group Ensemble d’Accord, performed with the Opera Theater of Illinois for several seasons, and has performed with the Orchestra of Illinois and Lyric Opera of Chicago.  Her articles have been published in Bandworld Magazine and The Instrumentalist.  Mrs. Rhodes served as a woodwind consultant on the Essential Elements Band Method DVD for the Hal Leonard Publishing Co.


VanderCook Online is powered by Schoology ( 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.
Classes this spring term officially begin on Monday, February 4, 2019. The week prior to the Spring 2019 term start date, we will be adding you as a new Schoology user. Be on the lookout for an email from or with log-in instructions between January 28th and February 3rd. Once you are given credentials, simply visit to login. On the morning of February 4th, 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!
Courses are scheduled for 13 weeks, with one week (March 18-24, 2019) being a designated week off for Spring Break. The Spring Online Term ends Sunday, May 5, 2019.


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Registration for all online courses closes at 12:00 noon CST on February 1, 2019. All online courses will begin on February 4, 2019 and conclude on May 5, 2019.

Course Information

552 Advanced Woodwind Methods (Online)
2 graduate credits
Tuition: $1,035 due in full with registration.
7527 Advanced Woodwind Methods (Online)
3 graduate credits
Tuition: $990 due in full with registration.
Advanced Woodwind Methods has one course level. 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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