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7817 The Times They Are A-Changin’: Revitalizing Your Music Appreciation Curriculum

Your music appreciation class may not be a performing arts course, but those students are an essential part of your program! Expand enrollment and provide broader opportunities in music consumption and creation by redesigning your music appreciation curriculum. Discover a backwards-design approach to the student exploration of and participation in music, including rock, popular, jazz, world and classical music; song construction; music business; music technology (with and without a computer lab); sound engineering; and music careers. Customized for the 6-12 music teacher with units, lesson plans, projects, activities, media lists, field trip plans, and other materials are included for easy implementation. Also a great course for the first time classroom music teacher!

 

Instructor: Don Stinson

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Don Stinson is currently a Band Director at Naperville North High School, where he co-directs three concert ensembles, the Marching Huskies, and directs jazz band and jazz lab band, as well as the pep band. He taught for two years at H.D. Jacobs High School in Algonquin, IL, where he served as a band and choir director. During his time at Jacobs, he was awarded "Outstanding New Faculty Member” and received a District 300 grant for technology in the classroom. From 2009 to 2014, Don was the director of bands at Morris Community High School in Morris, IL. Don's highlights at Morris included band enrollment more than doubling, the development of the Guest Artist Series, featuring Nationally and Internationally known guest artists, recognition from the NAMM Foundation as a 2014 SupportMusic Merit Award Winner, development of a competitive marching program that finished within the top three at local shows, and class 1A State of Illinois Concert Band Contest Champions.  At Naperville North, Don’s jazz band was awarded class champions at the Northshore Jazz Festival in 2015, and he co-directed the Symphonic Wind Ensemble at the Illinois Superstate Festival, where the group was selected as AAAA Honor Band for the 2016 performance.  In 2016, Don will take over as the Director of Bands at Joliet Central High School, becoming the fifth director in the bands’ 105 year history.

Stinson earned an Associate's Degree from Joliet Junior College, studying under Mr. Jerry E. Lewis, and completed his Bachelor's summa cum laude at VanderCook College of Music, where he studied under Dr. Charles Menghini.  Don completed his Master of Music Education degree at Northern Illinois University, and is a National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Certification teacher.

 

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Course Information

7817 The Times They Are A-Changin': Revitalizing Your Music Appreciation Curriculum

Online
Graduate Credits: 3
Tuition: $990, due in full with registration
ENROLLMENT LIMITED TO 25
 
Register online by Friday, April 14, and save $50 per class!
 
Register online by Friday, May 19, and save $25 per class!
 
Only registrations received and paid in full by 12:00 noon CDT on the dates above (April 10 for $50, May 15 for $25)  are eligible for the discounts. Balances paid after initial registration do not qualify.

SUMMER 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.

The summer online term officially begins on Monday, June 12. The week prior to June 12, you'll be added as a new Schoology user. Be on the lookout for an email from noreply@schoology.com or wfong@vandercook.edu with log-in instructions. Once you are given credentials, simply visit www.online.vandercook.edu to login. On the morning of June 12, 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 summer schedules can get, so our instructors try to make everything as flexible as possible!

 

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