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Spring 2024 MECA

Continuing Education Courses

Online

Choral Arranging

Date

February 12-May 3, 2024

Course Code

7394a

Credits

3 Graduate Credits*

Tuition

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

Overview

This course explores the essential concepts and techniques for arranging choral music at the elementary and secondary school levels, including voice types and ranges; notation; harmonic principles; the importance of text in regards to mood and melodic shape; keyboard accompaniment; homophonic and contrapuntal textures; two-, three- and four-part densities; and adapting an existing arrangement to a different setting. Lectures, discussion, analysis of musical examples, quizzes and arranging exercises are all components of this course.

Outcomes:
  • Become acquainted with voice categories, scoring rules and notation
  • Know melodic and harmonic principles, especially those for setting a text
  • Understand the challenge and purpose of keyboard accompaniments in regard to mood, intro, endings and transitions
  • Know the various textures (homophonic and contrapuntal) and planning the arrangement
  • Technically be able to arrange a basic 2, 3 and 4 part setting with accompaniment
  • Be able to adapt an existing arrangement and score for a different density

*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.

Requirements

Chat Session

Asynchronous with no mandatory meetings. Mr. Jesse will be available to meet with students individually if the need arises.

Prerequisites

Music Theory. Assignments will be completed using notation software, so a familiarity with using one of these programs (Sibelius, Finale, MuseScore, Noteflight, etc) will be helpful

Required Text(s)

None

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).

Instructor

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Tom Jesse

Arranging

Thomas Jesse (MMEd ’13) studied music at Michigan State University and earned his music education at Northern Illinois University and his master’s from VanderCook. In his teaching career, Jesse has taught K-6 general music, 6-12 chorus, musical theatre, music technology, guitar, acting and theatre technology. He studied jazz arranging with Jennifer Barnes and choral arranging with longtime VanderCook professor Mary Ann Krupa. He has written arrangements for professional a cappella groups as well as numerous arrangements for women’s chorus and middle school chorus. He currently sings for FAMEntertainment and teaches 6-8th grade chorus and 6th grade general music at Kennedy Junior High in Lisle, IL.

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