Spring 2021 MECA
Continuing Education Courses
Advanced Woodwind Methods
This graduate-level course provides appropriate techniques, procedures and materials for teaching flute, clarinet, saxophone, oboe and bassoon. Learn to differentiate instruction for correcting problems associated with embouchure formation, tone production, posture, holding and hand positions; analyze fingering differences among the woodwind instruments; compare and contrast intonation tendencies of woodwind instruments; analyze alternate fingerings; and assess general performance issues.
3 Graduate Credits
Course Code 7290
$1,065, due in full with registration
2 Graduate Credits
Course Code 520
$1,140, due in full with registration
Learning Platform Information (Online Courses Only)
Schoology is a learning management system that allows you to interact directly with your instructors, fellow students, and members of the greater VanderCook community.
The evening before your class begins, 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
Please see specific software/hardware requirements in the course description.
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).
Ruth Rhodes taught woodwind courses at both the graduate and undergraduate levels, and previously served as graduate dean, director of continued education and professor of clarinet at VanderCook. After receiving her bachelor’s degree from VanderCook, Ms. Rhodes earned a master of music degree from the Chicago Musical College of Roosevelt University.
She is a clarinetist with the Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra; co-founded and performed with the chamber group Ensemble d’Accord (including live broadcasts in the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series on WFMT); and performed with the Opera Theater of Illinois for several seasons, in addition to the Orchestra of Illinois and Lyric Opera of Chicago.
Ms. Rhodes has had great fun performing on stage with the Moody Blues, Kansas, Led Zeppelin, ABBA, Manheim Steamroller, Itzhak Perlman, Marilyn Horne, Frank Sinatra Jr., and Tony Bennett, among others. Her articles have been published in Bandworld magazine and in The Instrumentalist. She served as a woodwind consultant on the “Essential Elements Band Method DVD for Hal Leonard Publishing, and was an adjudicator for the Boosey & Hawkes Buffet-Crampon Clarinet Competition.
She is very proud to have served her alma mater for more than 40 years as a faculty member and administrator.