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Best Practices from the Podium

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Best Practices from the Podium

This blended course is designed to give music educators a chance to reflect upon the impact of a wide variety of rehearsal techniques on an ensemble’s performance. Students will perform in the Adult Concert Band at Birch Creek Music Center in Egg Harbor, WI, and observe veteran teachers Jim Stombres, Steve Sveum and Chip Staley rehearse the band, lead sectionals and engage adults in learning music. “What works and what doesn’t work?” will be the guiding question for the Adult Band Camp weekend. Students will have an opportunity to discuss rehearsal practices and the effectiveness of the teaching methods they observe immediately following each rehearsal segment. Discussions will be geared more toward practical questions than on philosophical underpinning. The curriculum will be flexible and be adjusted to allow for the many variations of instruction that happen when working with a real ensemble. The instructor will consider the background and interest of participants when considering the focus of each discussion session.

Instructor: Charles "Chip" Staley

Staley,_Charles_headshot_2013Charles "Chip" Staley began his teaching career at Eisenhower High School in Blue Island, IL. Staley recently retired from public school teaching after 30 years in District 204 in Naperville, where he served as a Fine Arts Chair first at Waubonsie Valley and then at Neuqua Valley High School. Over his career, Staley taught wind ensemble, jazz ensemble, symphony orchestra and musical theater orchestra. Under his guidance, the Neuqua Valley Fine Arts Department was awarded the National Schools of Distinction in Arts Education Award from the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Neuqua Valley has been honored by the GRAMMY Foundation seven times with GRAMMY Gold status, and was twice recognized as a GRAMMY National Signature School.
 
Staley’s bands and orchestras have performed at the Midwest Clinic, Chicago’s Symphony Center, University of Illinois’ Krannert Hall, and at concert venues in China, England, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Spain, Hungary and the Czech Republic.
 
Staley is the recipient of the John Paynter Lifetime Achievement Award, the Mary Hoffman Excellence in Teaching Award, the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra's Music Inspiration Award, and the John Philip Sousa Foundation’s Sudler Flag of Honor. Staley is a member of the Illinois Music Educators Association Assessment Committee and is an advisor for the Illinois State Board of Education. Staley is a National Board certified teacher holding degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Illinois.
 

Course Details

Instructor: Charles "Chip" Staley
 
3 Graduate Credits
 
Tuition: $1,020, due in full with registration   
 
Course Code: 7509
 
Online
 
Chat Sessions:
None
 
Software/hardware requirements for Mac & Windows users:
Internet access is required.

 

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 10. The week prior to June 10, 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 10, 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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