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Summer 2023 MECA

Continuing Education Courses


Bands of Historical Significance


June 5-July 28, 2023

Course Code



3 Graduate Credits


$1,080 is due in full with registration. A $15 early bird discount will be applied until April 14.


This course aims to INSPIRE! Participants will journey through an 8-week study that focuses on bands and band leaders that have significantly contributed to the evolution of the wind band. 

Topics and guest instructors include:

  • Col. Michael J. Colburn (Marine Band/Sousa)
  • Loras Schissel (Goldman Band/Library of Congress Music Division)
  • Mark Scatterday (Eastman School of Music Wind Ensemble)
  • Mark Humphreys (Japanese Bands/Connection with US Bands)
  • H Robert Reynolds (History of School Bands)
  • Barry Houser (Bands of the Big 10)
  • Roseanne Rosenthal (VanderCook College of Music/Band Director Training School).

The weekly zoom sessions feature well-known guest speakers that will bring historical presentations, stories, context, and modern connections to help teachers understand how they can navigate their school band programs through program development, repertoire choice, and leadership from the podium. A final written project will summarize/focus the synthesis of materials and weekly reflection assignments based on the weekly lectures. 

Days/Times of Online/Zoom Meetings:  

Michael Colburn – June 7, 2023 – 6:30pm-7:45pm (CST)

Loras Schissel – June 14, 2023 – 6:30pm-7:45pm (CST)

Mark Scatterday – June 21, 2023 – 6:30pm-7:45pm (CST)

Mark Humphreys – June 28, 2023 – 6:30pm-7:45pm (CST)

H Robert Reynolds – July 5, 2023 – 6:30pm-7:45pm (CST)

Barry Houser – July 19, 2023 – 6:30pm-7:45pm (CST)

Roseanne Rosenthal – July 26, 2023 – 6:30pm-7:45pm (CST)



Chat Session

Wednesdays from 6:30PM-7:45PM central - See "Days/Times of Online/Zoom Meetings" under Overview for a complete calendar.



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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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Glen Schneider

MECA Faculty

Glen Schneider is proud to be 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.

The mission of VanderCook College of Music is to enrich the lives of present and future generations by developing uniquely skilled music teachers who exhibit strong character, professionalism, and a commitment to excellence.

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