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Fall 2021 MECA, Summer 2021 MECA

Continuing Education Courses

Online

A Complete Guide to Band Warmups

Date

June 6-July 31, 2022

Course Code

7681

Credits

3 Graduate Credits

Tuition

$1,065, due in full with registration

Overview

This class will study how to set up your rehearsals for success through engaging techniques and learning activities by maximizing the most important time for teaching: the warmup. Guest instructors Brian Covey (Lockport Township HS, Lockport, IL) will bring expertise from the high school level, and Darcy Williams (Stiles MS, Leander, TX) from the middle school level. Topics will include: review of published resources, rote exercises, developing tone/tuning/timing/ technique/theory through daily fundamentals, musically centered ensemble setups and classroom management, chorales, use of the Yamaha Harmony Director, sightreading, and more. This class will center around viewing weekly video lessons that bring exposure to time-tested ideas, as well as new and innovative techniques.

Requirements

Chat Session

TBD

Prerequisites

TBD

Required Text(s)

None

Software/Hardware Requirements

Schoology is a learning management system that allows you to interact directly with your instructors, fellow students, and members of the greater VanderCook community.

Soon after you register, be on the lookout for an email from Schoology with log-in instructions. Once you receive credentials, visit www.online.vandercook.edu to login. 

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.

More information about Schoology can be found at www.schoology.com

Online course grades are available within two weeks of the course(s) completion.  If you need a transcript, please CLICK HERE to access the online transcript request form. For a faster turnaround time, please submit the transcript request to the registrar prior to the end of your course(s).

Instructor

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Alexander Kaminsky

Director of Bands, 
, Associate Professor of Music

Alexander Kaminsky was appointed Director of Bands and Associate Professor of Music at VanderCook College of Music in 2019 after a highly successful tenure at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL. Previous to that, Kaminsky led the band programs at Buchholz High School, Lincoln High School, Auburndale High School, and Cocoa Beach Jr/Sr High School, all of which excelled under his direction.  He holds degrees from the University of Florida and Indiana University, is active as an adjudicator, and is in demand as a guest conductor/clinician across the country.

Throughout his 30-year career as a high school band director, Kaminsky’s ensembles consistently earned Superior ratings at all levels of evaluation. In addition to earning straight Superior ratings at the Florida Bandmasters Association (FBA) State Concert Band Assessment beginning in 1997 for an unprecedented 21 years (the last 11 years with both his first and second bands), he is the only director in the history of the FBA to have had three concert bands from one school earn straight Superior ratings at State, which he achieved three times (2009, 2018, and 2019).

Kaminsky’s high school bands performed at the Midwest Clinic (2005, 2009, 2014, and 2018), ABA National Convention (2014), CBDNA/NBA Southern Division Conference (2004 and 2014), FMEA State Conference (2014), Music for All National Concert Band Festival (2002 and 2012), and the National Wind Band Festival at Carnegie Hall (2009 and 2018). In 2018, the Stoneman Douglas Wind Symphony was named a Mark of Excellence National Wind Band Honors winner as one of only ten 6A bands in the nation. His marching bands consistently placed in the Florida Marching Band State Championship Finals, winning several FMBC State Championships (including 4 of his last 6 years as a high school band director), as well as being named a finalist band at BOA regional competitions.

Kaminsky has presented his clinic “How Can I Get My Band to Sound Like That” at various conferences and workshops, and his hands-on rehearsal demonstrations for the annual “How To Fix It” series at the FMEA Professional Development Conference received high acclaim with over 900 attendees in 2019. He has been awarded the National Band Association’s Citation of Excellence numerous times and has been recognized with several achievement awards for education, including Florida’s 2019 FMEA Secondary Music Educator of the Year Award, FBA Oliver Hobbs Award, FBA Andrew J. Crew Award, National Honor Roll’s Outstanding American Teacher, Nobel Educator of Distinction, Teacher of the Year, and is listed in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers.

Kaminsky is a Conn-Selmer Educational Clinician, an elected member of the prestigious American Bandmasters Association and the American School Band Directors’ Association, and also holds memberships in CBDNA, NBA, NAfME, and Phi Beta Mu. He has served on many state and national committees, and currently serves on the ABA Sousa/Ostwald Award Committee and the ABA School Bands Task Force. Kaminsky is a National Board Certified Teacher and has been featured in several periodicals including The Instrumentalist, Teaching Music, Halftime Magazine, School Band & Orchestra Magazine’s “50 Directors Who Make A Difference” and Home Magazine’s “12 Exceptional Educators.”

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Bonnie Campbell

Associate Professor, Clarinet
, Director of Applied Studies

Bonnie Campbell received a doctor of music degree in music literature and clarinet performance from Indiana University. She also holds degrees from Yale University and Roberts Wesleyan College (summa cum laude) and has attended the Banff School of the Arts. Her teachers include James Campbell, Keith Wilson, Margaret Quackenbush, and Alan Hacker.

Dr. Campbell has performed guest recitals at colleges and universities across the country. Her orchestral experience includes performances at the Evian Festival (France) as well as at the opening ceremonies of the Bastille Opera House in Paris. She has been a member of the South Bend Symphony and the Camerata Chamber Orchestra of Bloomington, an ensemble jointly comprised of faculty and students from the Indiana University School of Music. She has performed in New York City at Merkin Hall and at Lincoln Center, where she played the Mozart Clarinet Quintet as part of the Mozart Bicentennial Celebration.

In Chicago, Dr. Campbell performs frequently at the Cultural Center. She has also been heard on WFMT’s Live from Studio One and on the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series. She is a founding member of the Daedalus Duo and Vermillion (with pianist Diana Schmück and cellist Judy Stone), with whom she performed at the International Clarinet Association’s ClarinetFest 2007 held in Vancouver, BC. At the invitation of the International Clarinet Association, she presented the world premier performance of Robert Kritz’s Diaspora Dances at ClarinetFest 2009 in Oporto, Portugal.

Bill Rife

Bill Rife

Instrument Repair

Bill Rife was chosen by Dr. Victor Zajec to teach the brass segment of Band Instrument Repair at VanderCook, and has taught since 2004. He has been a member of the National Association of Professional Band Instrument Repair Technicians (NAPBIRT) since 2010. His back ground in Tool and Die and love for music, has made it possible to share his repair skills and has provided brass repairs for Divine Infant and Divine Providence school bands (of Westchester, IL) from 2003 to 2012.

Bill played with the Chicago Youth Organization (CYO) for over 20 years, and is currently a member of the American Wind Band (formerly Westchester Community Band) in the southwest suburbs, as well as the West Suburban Concert Band in LaGrange, IL. He has also performed with a 60s and 70s cover-band, Scraps of Brass, since 2010.

He has played trumpet for over 40 years, and enjoys restoring antique brass instruments in his spare time.

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Glen Schneider

Glen Schneider is proud to be entering his 3rd year as Director of the Wheaton College Symphonic Band, and 20th year as a music educator, currently at Metea Valley High School in Aurora, IL, where he teaches a variety of wind and percussion classes, and directs the Metea Valley Symphony Orchestra and the Marching Mustangs. Schneider has taught at Metea Valley since its opening in 2009 where the Music Department has received the Grammy Signature Gold Award, The American Prize, and has been featured at numerous performances from the University of Illinois Superstate Band Festival, to the Illinois Music Education Conference, to the Midwest Band & Orchestra Clinic. He is also an Adjunct Instructor at VanderCook College of Music (Chicago, IL), where he teaches and writes graduate level professional development classes for the MECA Continuing Education program. He holds the position of Associate Conductor of the Naperville Youth Symphony Orchestra. Previous teaching appointments include Neuqua Valley High School in Naperville, IL, Oswego Community School District 308 in Oswego, IL, and Fox Chapel Area School District in Pittsburgh, PA. He received his education from Duquesne University (Bachelor of Science in Music Education), VanderCook College of Music (Master of Music Education), andConcordia University Chicago (Master of Arts in Educational Technology). He has served as guest clinician/conductor for the Western Sun Conference Honor Band, District 230 High School Honor Band, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee Middle Level Honor Band, and has presented clinic sessions at the Illinois Music Education Conference and the Illinois Percussive Arts Society. He has authored review articles for the Music Educators Journal and Teaching Music, and regularly writes a column called “MAC Corner” in the School, Band and Orchestra Magazine. He has served in positions for the Fox Valley Music Festival, IMEA District IX, VanderCook College Alumni Association Board, ARTSpeaks 204, the Alyssa Alvin Foundation For Hope, and is an educational consultant/writer for the NAMM Foundation’s Music Achievement Council. He is a member of Phi Beta Mu, and the Vic Firth Education Team. He has received the National Band Association Citation of Excellence Award, and the Chicagoland Outstanding Music Educator Award, TeachHUB’s Making A Difference Award, and the Metea Valley Tireless Teacher Award. Most importantly he is supported by his wife Ashlee and their five children, Corinne, Caleb, Calvin, Clara, and Cole.
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