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Summer 2018 Information

Registration for all Summer courses begins March 5, 2018.
Registration for all Summer Online courses closes on June 1, 2018 at
12:00 p.m. CDT.
Summer Online courses begin June 11 and conclude on August 3, 2018.
3-Credit Tuition Promotion Schedule:
March 5 – April 1, 2018:  $970 (includes $50 savings)
April 2 – April 29, 2018:  $995 (includes $25 savings)
April 30 – August 3, 2018:  $1,020 (Full tuition)
1-Credit Tuition:
$340 (promotional pricing does not apply)
Orff Schulwerk Levels Courses
(promotional pricing does not apply)
Promotional pricing only applies for tuition paid in full.
VanderCook's percussion instructor Jim Yakas leads this hands-on course that addresses the common concerns for concert percussion, percussion ensembles and jazz bands. Concepts and techniques covered in the class will transfer effectively to all levels of teaching. No experience necessary!


Jim Yakas joins VanderCook College of Music as Assistant Professor of Percussion. Most recently, he was a full-time Instructor of Percussion at the University of Texas at Arlington, where he was also Assistant Director and Percussion Coordinator of the UT Arlington Marching Band. Jim is currently pursuing a Doctoral of Musical Arts in Percussion Performance from the University of North Texas. He holds a B.M. in Music Education from the University of North Texas, and a M.M. in Percussion Performance and Pedagogy from Northern Illinois University.
Jim’s diversity in percussion education and performance has led him to many unique opportunities. He spent a total of 12 summers in drum corps activity spanning from performing as a snare drummer with the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps to being a staff member and arranger to eventually becoming their Percussion Coordinator in 2003. Jim is also an active performer on the steel drum, having traveled to Trinidad/Tobago and Korea as a member of the prestigious Northern Illinois Steel Band. He also has studied hand percussion with Michael Spiro and Orlando Cotto.
Jim has been a clinician at the Percussive Arts Society International Conventions, Texas Music Educator's Association Convention as well as many Percussive Arts Society State Conventions. He is an active Yamaha Artist/Endorser as well as a Vic Firth Stick and Mallet endorser. Jim also endorses Sabian Cymbals and Remo Drumheads.

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Percussion For The Non-percussionist

Course Information

Instructors: James Yakas & Guests
3 Graduate Credits
Tuition: $1,020. tuition due in full at registration    
Course Code: 6028
Dates: June 11-15, 2018
Location: VanderCook College of Music
3140 S. Federal St. Chicago IL 60616
Room: TBD
Prerequisites: None
Required text(s): VanderCook will provide all text(s).

VanderCook College of Music

3140 South Federal Street
Chicago, IL 60616-3731
(312) 225-6288

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