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Zero to Jazz: Methods for the Modern Classroom


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 Course Promotional Pricing!
Register Feb. 4 – Mar. 15, 2019:
$970 ($50 savings)
Register Mar. 16 – Apr. 14, 2019:
$995 ($25 savings)
Register Apr. 15 – July 28, 2019:
$1,020 (full tuition)
1-Credit Course Tuition:
$340 (promotional pricing does not apply)

Promotional pricing does not apply to Orff Schulwerk Levels courses.

Promotional pricing only applies for tuition paid in full.
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.

Zero to Jazz: Methods for the Modern Classroom

Zero to Jazz is a week of interactive and engaging activities designed to elevate any jazz program from beginning to advanced. Filled with free resources from, participants will work on style, chord changes, rhythm section fundamentals, jazz language acquisition, transcription, ear training, repertoire selection and rehearsal strategies. Methods presented in class will be applied to small and large ensembles with opportunities to play, teach and write. At the end of the week, learners will feel confident directing as well as playing in a variety of jazz ensembles. Required materials for the course include a computer and your primary instrument. 

Instructors: Bob Habersat & Paul Levy

Both Bob Habersat and Paul Levy (MMEd '15) teach music at Oak Lawn Community High School in the Chicago suburbs. Habersat is a jobbing guitar player and has a degree in music education from Elmhurst College, and Levy is a gigging saxophonist holding degrees from Ohio State University, DePaul University and VanderCook College of Music. They created the free education website, which specializes in remediation and enrichment content for the general music and performance classrooms. With concise videos, clear text explanations and integrations with Noteflgiht and Soundtrap, they have produced new ways to teach music theory, jazz, and music technology using 1:1 technology. Their work has been highlighted in Soundtrap’s EDU blog, Noteflight’s EDU blog, the NAfME professional development portal, and the JEN newsletter, among others. Habersat and Levy have presented their methods at the JEN conference, Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, NAfME’s National Inservice, and IMEC.

Course Details

Instructors: Bob Habersat & Paul Levy
3 Graduate Credits
Full Tuition: $1,020, due in full with registration
Register by April 14 for only $995!
Course Code: 6089
Dates: July 15-19, 2019
Location: VanderCook, room TBD
Required text(s):
VanderCook will provide all text(s).
Required Equipment:
Primary Instrument

VanderCook College of Music

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

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