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Band Arranging

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Registration for all spring courses begins November  21, 2017.
Registration for all online courses closes on February 2, 2018 at 12:00 p.m. CDT.
All online courses begin on February 5 and conclude on May 6, 2018.
Spring Break for Online Courses April 2-8 (No Class).
3-Credit Tuition Promotion Schedule:
November 20- December 25, 2018 $970
December 26- Jan 15, 2018 $995
January 16- End of Registration for Online Courses $1,020
1-Credit Tuition
$340 (No Promotional Pricing)
Develop skills and techniques for arranging concert band and wind ensemble compositions, and become familiar with the instrumentation, devices, techniques and types of scoring that can be used. Students will prepare one full arrangement as part of this course. All project submissions, grading and returns will be done electronically. This course fulfills the requirement for band track candidates who are completing the master of music education degree program at VanderCook. Classes will meet on Wednesdays from 5:00–6:00 p.m. CST beginning February 7. 


Kenneth Snoeck recently retired from a 35-year teaching career, the last 23 of which were at Lake Park High School in Roselle, IL. While at Lake Park, Snoeck’s concert bands toured Moscow, Russia, in 1997, performing concerts with the band of the Russian Defense Ministry. In 2000, his concert bands toured France, performing a joint concert with the French Navy Band in Toulon. The Lake Park Wind Ensemble was also an Illinois Superstate concert band contest participant on multiple occasions.
Snoeck received a Bachelor of Science in education and Master of Music degrees from Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant, MI. In 1973, Snoeck was awarded the College Band Director’s National Association “Best Original Manuscript for the Biennium 1971-1973 composition prize for “Scaramouch”, Symphony No. 3 for Winds and Percussion. He was inducted into the Bands of America Hall of Fame in 2004 and awarded an honorary doctorate from VanderCook in 2008.
Since retiring from full time teaching, Snoeck has devoted his time to music composition, arranging and adjudication, traveling to Canada and across the U.S. as a judge for band events. 

Band Arranging 

Instructor: Ken Snoeck

2 Graduate Credits
Tuition: 1,080
Course Code: 522
3 Graduate Credits
Tuition: $995, due in full with registration    
Course Code: 7588
Chat Sessions:
There will be a mandatory weekly chat session each Wednesday from 5:00–6:00 p.m. CST beginning February 7
Required text(s):
Software/hardware requirements for Mac & Windows users:
Internet access is required.
Students must have a full version of Sibelius or Finale music notation software and basic skills in using either.
* Band Arranging 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 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 between the two programs. If you are unsure which section is best for you, please contact us at
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 5th, 2018. The week prior to the Spring 2018 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 26th and February 4th. Once you are given credentials, simply visit to login. On the morning of February 5th, 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 (April 2-8) being a designated week off for Spring Break. The Spring Online Term ends Sunday, May 6th, 2018.

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3140 South Federal Street
Chicago, IL 60616-3731
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