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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
 

Elementary and secondary general music teachers and ensemble directors interested in basic drumset skills will attain teachable methods in this course and encounter drumset parts in a variety of settings. Whether it be a concert band “movie medley,” a pops orchestra piece, or jazz band, introducing the young drumset player to these new pieces can prove challenging, and it’s a topic not often covered in other methods classes.

This course will cover everything from drumset set-up, equipment choices, tuning to performance of basic beats, and discussion of the different types of notation the drummer will encounter. Yes, you will definitely be able to “rock” a little bit of drumset by the end of the course! No previous drumset experience is needed, but rhythmic reading ability and knowledge of basic drum rudiments are recommended.

Outcomes:

  • Comprehension of stick grip, drum setup, tuning & mechanics.

  • Ability to perform basic drumset rhythms in various styles.

  • Familiarity with forms of drumset sheet music, e.g., lead sheets, charts, fully notated pieces.

  • Knowledge of equipment choices appropriate for the grade school or high school band.

  • Ability to impart basic drumset methods to young students.

The drumset is the heartbeat of any ensemble, and improvement in rhythm should be a goal for every student, teacher and performer. Let’s get groovin’!

 

Instructor: Darren Scorza

15622068_10209526378534180_7381448029885889269_nDarren Scorza is a musician, music educator, clinician and project studio owner. He has been teaching drums and percussion in the Chicagoland area for over 20 years. Currently he is drumset instructor at North Park University and teaches jazz percussion at William Rainey Harper College. In addition, he teaches percussion and is jazz band director at Notre Dame College Prep.

 
Scorza draws from his performance experience in both drumset and classical percussion areas to create a unified teaching method blending these two diverse performance settings. He has over 65 recordings in his discography as a drumset player, percussionist and recordist/mixer. He has performed with artists including Bobby Enriquez, the Platters and Eddie Harris, and has performed and recorded with local artists such as Michele Thomas, Jeannie Tanner, Elaine Dame, John Bany, Keri Johnsrud, Ari Seder, the Waystation, the Metropolitan Jazz Octet and Jeff Hedberg’s C11. He also serves as music director and drummer for his wife’s Michele Thomas & Soulmeme quintet.
 
 
 
 

Drumset for Music Educators

Instructor: Darren Scorza

3 Graduate Credits
Tuition: $1.020, due in full with registration    
Course Code: 7909
Online
Chat Sessions:
None
Prerequisites:
None
Textbook and Resources:
Drumset Fundamentals will be provided by the instructor in PDF format.
The Ultimate Drumset Reading Anthology: For the Working Drummer by Steve Houghton is a
suggested resource.
Software/Hardware
Mac or PC to access course and videos.
Access to a drumset (acoustic or electronic) for recording playing assignments.
Ability to video record (you may use a mobile device to do this).
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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