Late Spring 2024 MECA
Continuing Education Courses
Illinois Grade School Music Association State Festival (IGSMA State 2024): Experience and Retrospective
VanderCook College of Music offers participants of Illinois Grade School Music Association State Festival (IGSMA State 2024) an opportunity to earn 1 Graduate Credit (one semester hour) by the combination service, observation, and retrospective activities for a total of 12 hours.
* Participants will be required to spend half of the Festival day (4 hours) in SERVICE. Service will be established with the Festival Onsite Coordinator and can include (but are not limited to) the following:
- Festival announcer
- Warmup room monitor
- Performance area setup
- Recording or tech support
- Festival score tabulations
* Participants will be required to spend half of the Festival day (4 hours) in OBSERVATION. Observations hours are at the choice of the participant and can include (but are not limited to) the following:
- Performance and clinic observation
- Adjudicator observations
- Warmup room observations
- Festival tabulation observations
*Participants will be required to develop 2 Festival reports
(2-3 written pages each)
- Festival Report (SERVICE) should include
- Artifact: Festival program, service instructions, comment sheet rubric, etc.
- Retrospective: Describe your service work. Did the service work surprise you in any way? What did you learn from your service?
- Suggestions for Improvement: If you were to serve at the IGSMA State Festival again what ideas do you have that could improve the experience for coordinators or participants?
- Festival Report (OBSERVATION) should include
- Retrospective: Describe your observation. Did your observations surprise you in any way? What did you learn from your observations?
- Suggestions for Improvement: If you were to observe IGSMA State Festival again what ideas do you have that could improve the experience for participants?
All required course material must be completed and submitted by June 1, 2024.
Learning Platform Information (Online Courses Only)
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