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Summer 2022 MECA

Continuing Education Courses


Conn-Selmer Institute – Reunite: A Retrospective


June 12-July 15, 2022

Course Code



1 or 2


$150, due in full with registration Course Code 6122A (1 graduate credit) or $300, due in full with registration Course Code 6122B (2 graduate credits).


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Conn Selmer Institute Dates:
June 12-15, 2022


Attend the Conn-Selmer Institute and earn graduate credit through VanderCook College of Music.
Registrations for credit will be accepted, along with full tuition payment, through the month of June.


Course Requirements:

Course work for the Retrospective begins before the Conn-Selmer Institute – Reunite takes place.

1. Students must attend 12.5 hours of concerts, clinics, and/or lectures for each semester hour of credit taken.

2. Upon registration, students will receive access to Schoology (VanderCook’s LMS) via email. All details for the course will be outlined in Schoology for your convenience.  Students will submit written responses summarizing and critiquing all sessions and concerts attended. PDFs of all handouts, concert programs and other supporting materials must also be submitted with assignments.

3. All discussions and uploads must be completed and submitted by July 9, 2022.

Educators seeking credit must also register with Conn-Selmer for the conference. Please visit Conn-Selmer’s CSI Connect page for additional information. MECA pricing does not include any fees associated with Conn-Selmer or conference attendance.

For additional information, please contact Ruth Rhodes at [email protected].


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Required Text(s)

None. Please keep copies of any handouts or PDF’s that are provoided.

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 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

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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Ruth Rhodes

Professor, Music Education
, Director of Student Teaching

Ruth Rhodes teaches 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.

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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