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Spring 2019 Information

Registration Opens Monday, November 26, 2018
Registration for all spring online courses closes on February 1, 2019 at
12:00 p.m. CDT.
Spring online courses begin February 4, 2019 and conclude on May 5, 2019.
Spring Break for online courses:
March 18-24, 2019 (no classes will be held).
 
Online Course Tuition Promotion Schedule (3-Credit Courses):
 
November 26 – December 22, 2018:  $970
 
December 23 – January 13, 2019:  $995
 
January 14 – February 4, 2019:  $1,020
 
 
1-Credit Tuition:
$340 (no promotional pricing)
Promotional pricing applies only for tuition paid in full and excludes single credit courses and Band Instrument Repair.
 
The cost per-credit for the 2018-2019 acedemic year is $340.
*Band Instrument Repair is excluded from this cost schedule
 

"By better managing the non-musical demands of your position, you free up more of your time, and mind, to address the real reason you chose the profession of music education; to help students experience the joys and challenge of making music. “Organization and administration alone cannot make an ensemble sound good, but a lack of them can keep it from doing so.”   - David Gregory

The course is designed to equip music educators with the tools, skills and strategies to successfully manage the job’s many non-musical responsibilities. Responsibilities that can consume up to 50% of the position. Topics include effective communication practices, data management and analysis, budget development and management, scheduling and staffing, evaluation and assessment of students and staff, change, building positive relationships, recruiting and retention of students and staff, and arts education advocacy. One product of the class will be an annual plan that organizes curriculum, events, professional development and advocacy activities. An online session will be held weekly.

A review from summer 2015:

I just completed a summer MECA course from VanderCook - Music Administration 101 - basically everything you want to know about running a successful music program after the bell rings and class is over.  This course was taught primarily by Rick Coulter, a retired Fine Arts administrator.  I will say that after one bachelor's program and two master's programs, this was easily among the best courses I have ever taken.”  

 

Instructor: Rick Coulter

Coulter,_Rick_headshot_Su15A veteran of 38 years in public school education, Rick Coulter served as a curriculum leader of successful music, arts and academic programs in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. During his tenure in Williamsport, PA the K-12 music program was recognized twelve times as one of the 100 Best Communities for Music Education in America, the high school was selected as a Grammy Signature School, the District was highlighted in Gaining The Arts Advantage: Lessons From School Districts That Value Arts Education, and the total K-12 program was selected as a Best Practice Program by the PA Department of Education and the Pennsylvania Alliance for Arts Education. Rick is active as an arts advocate, clinician, teacher, writer, performer and conductor of the Billtown Brass Band.

Music Administration 101

Instructor: Rick Coulter
3 Graduate Credits
Tuition: $1.020, due in full with registration    
Course Code: 7889
Online
Chat Sessions:
Chat sessions will be held on Mondays at 7:00 p.m. CDT.
 
Required text(s):
The Art of War by Sun Tzu
(Dover Publications, ISBN 0-486-42557)
 
Embracing Administrative Leadership in Music Education by John Clinton
(GIA Publications, ISBN 978-1-62277-166-0)
 
*Students are responsible for purchasing their required materials.
 
Software/hardware requirements for Mac & Windows users:
Internet access is required.

 

SPRING 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.
 
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 noreply@schoology.com or wfong@vandercook.edu with log-in instructions between January 28th and February 3rd. Once you are given credentials, simply visit www.online.vandercook.edu 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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3140 South Federal Street
Chicago, IL 60616-3731
(312) 225-6288

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