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Shedfest: A Colloquium for the General Music & Performance 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.

Shedfest: A Colloquium for the General Music & Performance Classroom

Shedfest is a week long colloquium exploring the different methods and resources available on The philosophy of these methods is to get students ready for a career in modern music making through music literacy, pop music theory, aural skills, lead sheet reading/writing, and rhythm section instrument playing. The course is broken down into sessions covering the following subjects: Rhythm Reading Strategies (4 hrs), Classroom Piano (4 hrs), Rock Band Music Theory (8 hrs), Classroom Guitar + Guitar Ensembles (8 hrs), Production Through Performance- A New Approach To Music Technology (4 hrs), and Jazz (4 hrs). The final day will conclude with a jam session utilizing all of the concepts taught in the course. Sign up now to re-energize your general music curriculum. 

Course Outcomes:

  • How to read rhythms using the counted rhythm and sight rhythm method.

  • Class guitar with the rhythm, chords, bass, and single note approach.

  • Practice cycles, practice process, and self assessment strategies.

  • Basic beat making using the piano keyboard.

  • Basic rhythm section instrument playing.

  • Reading and writing lead sheets in all keys.

  • The Zero to Jazz method of language acquisition through etude writing. 


Instructors: Bob Habersat & Paul Levy

Both Bob Habersat and Paul Levy 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. When they are not teaching or playing, Paul spends his time rummaging through record bins and spending time with his family while Bob loves exploring the outdoors with his wife and their children.  

Course Details

Instructors: Bob Habersat & Paul Levy
3 Graduate Credits
Tuition: $1,020
Register by April 14 for only $995!
Course Code: 6529
Dates: June 10-14, 2019
Location: VanderCook, rooms 100 & MIDI Lab
Required text(s):
VanderCook will provide all text(s).
Required Materials:
Laptop or Chromebook
Primary Instrument

VanderCook College of Music

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

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