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Spring 2024 MECA

Continuing Education Courses


Demystify the Slide: Playing & Teaching Trombone


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.


Don’t let your trombone skills SLIDE away! This course covers essential skills and knowledge including legato tonguing, lip slurs, airflow, slide technique, and maintenance. You’ll become more proficient on the instrument, as well as gain valuable teaching tips and strategies for teaching the trombonists in your band. Designed for the practicing band director, students will participate in a weekly group lesson via Zoom. All handouts & resources are provided. Students will need a trombone, laptop, and webcam. Zoom sessions are Thursday evenings – 7:00PM Central.

*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

Zoom sessions are Thursday evenings - 7:00PM Central.


Basic playing skills 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).


keith ozsvath

Keith Ozsvath

Keith shares his life-long passion for music with the students at Rotolo Middle School in Batavia, Illinois, an eight-time NAMM Best Community for Music Education. In addition to teaching band, he leads the Symphonic Band, Jazz Ensemble, and is the Fine Arts Coordinator and Activities Director. Keith teaches courses at VanderCook College of Music & has presented numerous professional development sessions at The Midwest Clinic, Georgia Music Educators Association, Virginia Music Educators Association, Oklahoma Bandmasters Association, and Illinois Music Educators Conference.
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