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Continuing Education Courses


GET THEM SINGING! (Choosing Music For Your Developing Choir)


June 11-June 12, 2022

Course Code


1 Graduate Credits


$365, due in full with registration


How can I get my students to sing out? Why is it so hard for them to learn their parts? We all want our students to sing their best in choir class and performance. This 2-day course will guide you in carefully choosing music for successful singing. Additionally, there will be numerous ideas for fun songs and warm-ups that will entice your choir to sing out. Complimentary music from leading publishers will be provided for study. Class students will present “pieces that worked” by leading our class in a short lesson using music from your classroom. (Bring enough copies of 2 different octavos for each class member to sight read.) Singing techniques and choir formations will be highlighted to help your singers maximize their sound.


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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.

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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).



Catherine DeLanoy

Catherine DeLanoy is a musician currently living in the suburbs of Chicago. She has taught music at every grade level in the public school system and is now retired after 23 years at Westmont Junior High School. While there, she taught general music and directed their four choirs which consistently earned top scores, honors and prestigious performances under her direction. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. She went on to earn her Masters of Music Education degree from VanderCook College of Music in Chicago. Ms. DeLanoy enjoyed arranging compositions for her choirs and now continues to have her octavos and resource books published by Hal Leonard, Shawnee Press, Boosey & Hawkes, BriLee Music and Carl Fischer. Her resource books are the best selling WARMING UP WITH ROUNDS and more recently, 8 STEPS TO HARMONIZATION. Ms. DeLanoy has had the privilege of being the Festival Conductor at many ILMEA district festivals as well as other private festivals. She has taught several MECA courses at VanderCook College of Music. She also leads workshops as an elementary and middle school specialist, and is an instructor, clinician, conductor, and adjudicator whenever possible.
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