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It's All in the Planning


Online courses are held from June 10 through August 2, 2019.

Dates for on-campus courses vary; please check each course's page for specific dates.

Online Course Registration Deadline:
May 31, 2019
2019 Summer Tuition:
3-Credit Courses: $1,020
1-Credit Courses: $340
Course times:
3-Credit Courses:
Monday–Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
2-Credit Courses:
Monday–Wednesday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
1-Credit Courses:
Monday–Tuesday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

It's All in the Planning

Concerts and performances are some of the most fundamental and important elements of your job as a music educator. They provide an opportunity to showcase your students’ talents and musicianship to parents, administrators and the local community. Choosing the right music and teaching activities takes careful planning and preparation. This course details planning an entire concert cycle, including repertoire selection, score analysis, teaching activities, and lesson planning. Additional coursework will focus on designing lessons and activities that complement the music to provide a deeper learning experience for your students. At the end of this course, participants will have a fully planned concert, complete with supplemental teaching activities and customized warm-up exercises.

Instructors: Keith Ozsvath & Travis Weller

Headshot_2016Keith Ozsvath has been sharing his lifelong passion for music with the students at Rotolo Middle School in Batavia, IL, a three-time NAMM Best Community for Music Education, since 2000. Ozsvath currently leads the Symphonic Band, Eighth Grade Band, and Jazz Ensemble, while finding unique ways to integrate technology to enhance his students’ learning. He extends his combined love of music and teaching beyond the walls of his classroom as an active clinician. His website, Teaching Band & More, provides music educators with practical ideas and expertise to improve their teaching. Ozsvath has presented numerous professional development sessions for music educators at the Midwest Clinic, the Virginia Music Educators Association, the Illinois Music Educators Conference, the Association of Middle Level Educators, and VanderCook College of Music. His dedication to teaching has been recognized with the Chicagoland Outstanding Music Educator award in 2015, and twice by Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers. In 2017, Ozsvath was honored with an Exemplary Educator Award from the Batavia CANDO parent organization. Most recently, he was inducted to the Nazareth Academy Fine Arts Hall of Fame (his high school alma mater) in 2018. He has had the distinguished honor of being an Illinois Summer Youth Music conductor at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana, and is the co-founder and coordinator for the Middle School Concert Band Camp at the Music for All Summer Symposium held at Ball State University.  

Travis J. Weller is an active arranger, composer, educator and advocate of music education. He is currently serving as the Director of Music Education at Messiah College in Mechanicsburg, PA. His duties at Messiah as an Assistant Professor of Music include supervising instrumental music education students, teaching methods courses, working with graduate conducting students and conducting the Symphonic Winds. Prior to his appointment at Messiah, he served as the Director of Bands at Mercer Area Middle-Senior High School, and has previously taught at Kent State University as an adjunct faculty member.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in music education from Grove City College, a master’s degree in Music Education from Duquense University, and holds a Ph.D. in music education from Kent State University.  Weller is also a member of Phi Beta Mu (Nu Chapter), ASCAP, and the National Band Association.  He is currently serving as the Public Relations Chairperson for the Phi Beta Mu International Board of Directors, and assists with their social media outreach. He has presented on instrumental music education at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, PMEA and OMEA State Conferences, professional development sessions for music education, and secondary music methods classes at area colleges and universities. He has been a contributing author for articles in Teaching Music, The Instrumentalist, The PMEA Journal, Phi Beta Mu International Newsletter, National Band Association Journal, and Learning and Leading with Technology. He is in frequent demand as a guest conductor for honor bands and composer in residence sessions with school bands across Pennsylvania, New York and Ohio, and in November of 2016 was one of the guest conductors for the All New England Band Festival at Plymouth State University.
As a composer, Weller has published works available from Bandworks Publications, The FJH Music Company, Grand Mesa Music, C.L. Barnhouse Music Publishers, Wingert-Jones Publishers, and Manhattan Beach Music.  His piece “Journey to the Prairie” received 3rd place in the the 2nd Annual Frank Ticheli Composition Contest.  In addition to commissioned works from school groups and community bands, he has received several J.W.Pepper Editor’s Choice nominations, several Bandworld Top 100 nominations, four ASCAP Plus Awards, and has received a number of reviews of his works by The Instrumentalist.  His pieces for band have been performed by groups ranging from elementary to the collegiate level.  Notable performances have been given by the North Hills Senior High School Wind Ensemble, the Grove City College Wind Ensemble, Westminster College Wind Ensemble, the River City Youth Brass Band (Pittsburgh), the Marks Concert Band (Hermitage, Pa.), The PMEA All-State Concert Band, The Florida State Summer Wind Ensemble, Youngstown State University Band, The Florida State University Concert Band, and The VanderCook College Symphonic Band.

Course Details

Instructors: Keith Ozsvath &
Travis Weller
3 Graduate Credits
Tuition: $1,020, due in full at registration
Course Code: 6059
Dates: June 10-14 , 2019
Location: VanderCook, room 219
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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