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Middle School Choir Education: Creating a Foundation for Healthy Voices & Vibrant Programs

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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)
Middle school choir can be daunting even for the most creative teacher. Through the 12 class sessions offered here, you’ll master the following concepts: 
 
Outcomes:
  • Understanding the Adolescent (Musician)
  • Traits and Skills of a Successful Teacher of the Adolescent (Musician)
  • Growth Mindset of Climate Development
  • The Place for Process, Procedure and Policy
  • Literature Selection as the Basis for Success
  • Management for Humans by the Humane
  • The Right to Be Wrong and the Wrongs of Being Right
  • Auditions, Assessments and Placements
  • Growing the Good
  • Communication – It Don’t Mean a Thing if You Ain’t Got That…Way to Talk to Parents, Kids, Colleagues, et al. 
 
Class members will be expected to participate in online interaction and will develop Personal Discovery Artifacts (PDA) that will enrich the class experience and create a supply of various documents useful in the classroom. Chat sessions will be determined once the course has convened. 
image4Gretchen Harrison is in her 30th year of teaching choral music. After teaching in Blue Valley for 15 years, she is currently the choir director at Frontier Middle School in the Olathe, KS, school district. The choirs at FTMS routinely earn highest ratings at contests and festivals. Two of her choirs performed at the 2017 KMEA In-Service and Workshop, in Wichita, KS. Harrison has also been part of the artistic staff of Allegro Choirs of Kansas City since 2005. She directs one of the choirs in that program (Vivo) and assists with two additional choirs (Moto and Brio). Harrison earned a bachelor's degree in music education from Wichita State University and a master's degree in music education from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She has completed her Level III endorsement in CME (Choral Music Experience). After serving in various district and state-level leadership position, she is the past National Chairperson for Junior High and Middle School Repertoire and Standards for American Choral Directors Association and is currently the National ACDA Repertoire and Resources Chairperson for Youth Services. She was recognized in 2003, 2009, 2015 and 2016 as “Outstanding Middle Level Choral Educator” for Northeast Kansas Music Educators Association. The Olathe Education Foundation honored her in 2015 with their “Outstanding Educator” designation. Harrison also enjoys serving the profession as a guest presenter and clinician and has served in Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Tennessee, Mississippi, Illinois and North Carolina, and will direct the Georgia All-State 6th Grade choir this year. Harrison is active in ACDA, KCDA and NAfME and KMEA. Her musical family includes band director (retired) Kim Harrison and two children, Kellyn, a first-year middle school choral music educator, and Cole, a 5th semester senior in Music Technology and Spanish at Fort Hays State University.
MIDDLE SCHOOL CHOIR EDUCATION: CREATING A FOUNDATION FOR HEALTHY VOICES & VIBRANT PROGRAMS 
 

Instructor: Gretchen Harrison

3 Graduate Credits
Tuition: $970, due in full with registration    
Course Code: 7548
Online
Chat Sessions:
Chat sessions will be determined once the course has convened. 
 
Prerequisites:
None
 
Required text(s):
Growing Musicians: Teaching Music in Middle School and Beyond by Bridget Sweet (Oxford Press, ISBN 978-0199372072);
Finding Ophelia’s Voice, Opening Ophelia’s Heart: Nurturing the Adolescent Female Voice by Lynne Gackle (Heritage Music Press, ISBN 978-1429118583)
*Students are responsible for purchasing 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 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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