From curriculum design and repertoire selection to organization and communication, building and maintaining a successful music program requires a number of elements working in harmony. This course focuses on discussing the most effective and respected ways to communicate and collaborate with all stakeholders involved in developing a successful high school music program. Topics include the best ways to build trust, develop a unified vision, reinforce philosophical values, and build a student-centered program. Best practices in band curriculum and repertoire selection will also be examined. These elements will explored through class dialogue and conversations with guest administrators, parents, colleagues, composers and professional educators.
Instructors: Victor Anderson, Glen Schneider, Charles "Chip" Staley & Guests
Victor Anderson is the C.U.S.D. #115 Music Department Chair and Director of Bands at Yorkville High School, Yorkville, Illinois. He has previously taught at Jacobs High School in Algonquin, Illinois, Galesburg School District 205 in Galesburg, Illinois, and Community Unit School District 201 in Aledo, Illinois. As an educator, he has been a clinician at numerous high schools throughout Illinois and has been guest conductor for the I.M.E.A. District IX Senior Jazz and District II Junior Jazz Festivals. As a performer, Mr. Anderson continues to play with various community ensembles. Mr. Anderson received his Bachelors of Music Education at Illinois Wesleyan University in 1997 and his Masters of Music Education from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign in 2000. In addition he completed the Education Leadership Program through Aurora University in 2007. Victor currently resides with his wife Alison and three children, Emilia, Michael, and Benjamin in North Aurora, Illinois.
Glen Schneider is a faculty member at Metea Valley High School in Aurora, Illinois, where he teaches band. He also directs the Metea Valley Symphony Orchestra, Marching Mustangs, Pep Band, MV Jazz Orchestra, and serves as the music department faculty PLC Leader. Mr. Schneider previously taught band at Neuqua Valley High School in Naperville, IL, the Oswego Community School District 308 in Oswego, IL where he taught Junior High School and High School Band and served as the District Band Coordinator, and the Fox Chapel Area School District in Pittsburgh, PA, where he taught General Music and 5th Grade Band. His education includes a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Duquesne University, Master of Music Education from VanderCook College of Music, and Master of Arts in Educational Technology, from Concordia University. Mr. Schneider has conducted the IMEA Junior and Senior jazz ensembles, the Western Sun Conference Honor Band, and has presented clinic sessions at the Illinois Music Education Conference, Illinois Percussive Arts Society, VanderCook College of Music, and has authored review articles for the Music Educator’s Journal and Teaching Music. He has served in positions for the Fox Valley Music Festival, IMEA District IX, VanderCook College Alumni Board, ARTSpeaks 204, and has been a panel member for the NAMM Foundation Music Achievement Council. He is a member of Phi Beta Mu, and the Vic Firth Education Team. He has received the National Band Association Citation of Excellence Award, and the TeachHUB "Making A Difference" Award.
Charles "Chip" Staley began his teaching career at Eisenhower H. S. in Blue Island, Illinois. Staley recently retired from public school teaching after 30 years in District 204 in Naperville, where he served as the Fine Arts Chair first at Waubonsie Valley and then at Neuqua Valley High School. Over his career, Staley taught Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra and Musical Theater Orchestra. Under his guidance, the Neuqua Valley Fine Arts Department was awarded the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts National Schools of Distinction in Arts Education Award. Neuqua Valley has been honored by the GRAMMY®Foundation seven times with GRAMMY®Gold status, and was twice recognized as the GRAMMY®National Signature School.
Staley’s bands and orchestras have performed at the Midwest Clinic, Chicago’s Symphony Center, University of Illinois’s Krannert Hall and at concert venues in China, England, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Spain, Hungary and the Czech Republic.
Staley is the recipient of the John Paynter Lifetime Achievement Award, the Mary Hoffman Excellence in Teaching Award, the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra's Music Inspiration Award, and the John Philip Sousa Foundation’s Sudler Flag of Honor. Staley is a member of the Illinois Music Educators Association Assessment Committee and is an advisor for the Illinois State Board of Education. Staley is a National Board certified teacher holding degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Illinois.