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Sound Decisions About Quality High School Band Literature

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Sound Decisions About Quality High School Band Literature

The selection of concert band music of the highest quality for students should be of paramount interest. The high school band is blessed with a vast repertoire that can present challenges to both the veteran teacher and those who are just beginning their careers. This course identifies meritorious repertoire (grade 2 to 5). Primary activities include listening to quality repertoire included in the first volume of Teaching Music Through Performance in Band, discussing and sharing information about additional quality repertoire in the form of annotated bibliographies, and creating a curriculum of music that is based on the menu principle and tailored specifically to the needs of your program. At the end of the course, students will receive compilation of the annotated bibliographies produced by the sound decision course members.
 

Gilbert,_Jay_headshot_2015Instructor: Dr. Jay Gilbert

Dr. Jay W. Gilbert has enjoyed the longest tenure (22 years) in the 120-year history of the band program at Doane University in Nebraska. He is the Director of Instrumental Music and Chair of the Music Department where he conducts the Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Community/Concert Band. He has been a guest conductor throughout the U.S. and Canada, and has also served as a presenter for numerous state conventions as well as the Midwest International Band/Orchestra Clinic in Chicago. He also is an active composer and arranger with several published compositions for band. Every summer, he is honored to conduct the middle-level band at the Kansas State University Band Camp.
 
Dr. Gilbert conducted a study of quality wind band literature that is often cited in current research. He is also a contributing scholar to the series Teaching Music Through Performance in Band and a contributing author to the book The Art of Band Interpretation. Dr. Gilbert has received several awards including two Distinguished Service Awards from the Nebraska State Bandmasters Association, three Citations of Excellence from the National Band Association, an Artist’s Fellowship from the Nebraska Arts Council, and the Zenon Hansen Leadership Award for his outstanding contributions to Doane. He was recognized by Doane as Outstanding Teacher of the Year by the college’s student congress, and was inducted into the University of Nebraska-Omaha’s Band Hall of Fame.
 

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!

Course Details

Instructor: Dr. Jay Gilbert
 
3 Graduate Credits
 
Tuition: $1,020, due in full with registration
 
Course Code: 7649
 
Online
 
Chat Sessions:
To be determined once the class has convened.
 
Required text(s):
Students are responsible for purchasing the following texts for this course: 
The course will utilize one required text: Teaching Music through Performance in Band, Volume 1 (Second Edition) by Blocher, Corporon, Cramer, Lautzenheiser, Lisk, ed. Richard Miles. [abbreviated as TMB1] 
 
If you do not own the second edition of TMB1. Please order the book immediately.
 
 
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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