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Spring 2024 MECA

Continuing Education Courses


Band Arranging


February 12-May 3, 2024

Course Code



3 Graduate Credits*


$1,125 is due in full with registration. A $15 Early Bird Discount will be applied until January 14.


Band arranging will explore creative adaptation of music from a variety of sources to the pedagogical and aesthetic needs of your student or community bands. Starting with small like-instrument ensembles and growing through woodwind, brass and percussion choirs to full band, the course will give you tools to use in the preparation of materials for use with your students and give you a creative outlet. The course will meet you wherever your experience is currently and give you the confidence to expand your comfort zone. The course is rigorous and there is writing every week.

Weekly synchronous class sessions give us the opportunity to learn from one another.

Note: This course is limited to 12 participants.

*Students enrolled in the MMEd degree program at VanderCook may register for this course at the 500-level through the student portal. Please contact Dean Sinclair at [email protected] if academic advising is needed.


Chat Session

Wednesdays 5:00PM-6:00PM CDT (Required)



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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 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

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).


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Kenneth Snoeck

Kenneth Snoeck earned Bachelor and Master’s degrees at Central Michigan University. He has been teaching for thirty-five years at both the university and public school levels, the last twenty-three at Lake Park High School in Roselle, Illinois. The Lake Park Wind Ensemble has been a University of Illinois Superstate Concert Band Festival participant four times. In 1997 the Lake Park concert bands traveled to Moscow, Russia, and performed in joint and combined concerts with the Band of the Russian Defense Ministry. In 2000 the band did a tour of France including a joint concert with the French Navy Band in Toulon. The Lake Park Marching Band has been State of Illinois class champion twenty times, State Grand Champion thirteen times, BOA Grand Nationals finalist eighteen times, class AAA Champion twice and BOA Grand Champion in 1996. Mr. Snoeck’s marching bands from Bridgeport, Michigan, were finalists in the first three Bands of America (then Marching Bands of America) Nationals, 1976-78. In the late 70’s and early 80’s Ken and his wife Pamela were clinicians for Bands of America’s “Weekend with the Experts” clinic program, presenting hands-on “how-to” programs for band directors in several states. In 1980 he served as adjudication coordinator for Bands of America, writing the first judge’s handbook and interpretation documents. He has also served several terms as a member of the BOA contest advisory commission. Mr. Snoeck is also an arranger and composer. His composition “Scaramouch,” Symphony No. 3 for Winds and Percussion was voted “…best original manuscript for band for the biennium 1971-1973” by the membership of the College Band Directors National Association.
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