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Choral 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)
This course explores the essential concepts and techniques for arranging choral music at the elementary and secondary school levels, including voice types and ranges; notation; harmonic principles; the importance of text in regards to mood and melodic shape; keyboard accompaniment; homophonic and contrapuntal textures; two-, three- and four-part densities; and adapting an existing arrangement to a different setting. Lectures, discussion, analysis of musical examples, quizzes, arranging exercises, projects and performance of all projects and arranging exercises are all components of this course.
 
Outcomes:
Become acquainted with voice categories, scoring rules and notation
Know melodic and harmonic principles, especially those for setting a text
Understand the challenge and purpose of keyboard accompaniments in regard to mood, intro, endings and transitions
Know the various textures (homophonic and contrapuntal) and planning the arrangement
Technically be able to arrange a basic 2, 3 and 4 part setting with accompaniment
Be able to adapt an existing arrangement and score for a different density

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Tom Jesse studied music at Michigan State University and earned his music education at Northern Illinois University and his master’s from VanderCook. In his teaching career, Jesse has taught K-6 general music, 6-12 chorus, musical theatre, music technology, guitar, acting and theatre technology. He studied jazz arranging with Jennifer Barnes and choral arranging with longtime VanderCook professor Mary Ann Krupa. He has written arrangements for professional a cappella groups as well as numerous arrangements for women’s chorus and middle school chorus. He currently sings for FAMEntertainment and teaches 6-8th grade chorus and 6th grade general music at Kennedy Junior High in Lisle, IL.
 

Choral Arranging

Instructor: Thomas Jesse

MMEd
2 Graduate Credits
Tuition: 1,080
Course Code: 525
 
MECA Continuing Education
3 Graduate Credits
Tuition: $970, due in full with registration    
Course Code: 7558
Online
Chat Sessions:
There will be a mandatory weekly chat session, date and time to be determined based on student schedules once the course has convened.
 
Prerequisites:
None
 
Required text(s):
Contemporary Choral Arranging by Arthur E. Ostrander and Dana Wilson (Prentice Hall, ISBN: 0-13-169756-0)
*Students are responsible for purchasing required materials
 
Software/hardware requirements for Mac & Windows users:
Internet access is required.
Students must have access to notation software (i.e., Finale, Sibelius, Noteflight, Flat.io, MuseScore, etc.).
Free versions are fine, but the may have limited access to saving scores and projects.
Notation softwaremust have the capability to import and export in Music XML format.
 
* Choral 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 pbenson@vandercook.edu.
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 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 noreply@schoology.com or wfong@vandercook.edu with log-in instructions between January 26th and February 4th. Once you are given credentials, simply visit www.online.vandercook.edu 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
(312) 225-6288

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