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Summer 2024 MECA

Continuing Education Courses


Scoring for Band


June 10-August 2, 2024

Course Code



3 Graduate Credits*


$1,125 is due in full with registration.


This course will explore some of the many scoring situations possible for woodwinds and brass in small ensembles as well as for full band. Effective instrument ranges and colors will be explored. Online video interaction class sessions will be held every Wednesday from 5:00-6:00pm CDT. Attendance and participation in class is expected. Students will be writing each week. All project submissions, grading and returns will be done electronically.

Instructional Materials:
Students will need a computer capable of online communication using Schoology and ZOOM, capable of successfully running music notation software, a working microphone into your computer and headphones or earphones to participate in the class discussions. A high-speed internet connection is necessary.

Students will need a full-feature version of Finale or Sibelius music notation software. As of this date, Dorico does not yet export files in a compatible format.

The books “Range, Transposition & Tuning” by Robert Bornstein, published by Hal Leonard, and “The Teacher’s Guide to Music, Media, and Copyright Law by James Frankel, published by Hal Leonard, are recommended. They can be ordered from Amazon. There are also Kindle versions available.

This course is limited to 10 students.

*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.


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Kenneth Snoeck

Kenneth Snoeck earned Bachelor and Master’s degrees at Central Michigan University. He has been teaching for thirty-five years at both the university and public school levels, the last twenty-three at Lake Park High School in Roselle, Illinois. The Lake Park Wind Ensemble has been a University of Illinois Superstate Concert Band Festival participant four times. In 1997 the Lake Park concert bands traveled to Moscow, Russia, and performed in joint and combined concerts with the Band of the Russian Defense Ministry. In 2000 the band did a tour of France including a joint concert with the French Navy Band in Toulon. The Lake Park Marching Band has been State of Illinois class champion twenty times, State Grand Champion thirteen times, BOA Grand Nationals finalist eighteen times, class AAA Champion twice and BOA Grand Champion in 1996. Mr. Snoeck’s marching bands from Bridgeport, Michigan, were finalists in the first three Bands of America (then Marching Bands of America) Nationals, 1976-78. In the late 70’s and early 80’s Ken and his wife Pamela were clinicians for Bands of America’s “Weekend with the Experts” clinic program, presenting hands-on “how-to” programs for band directors in several states. In 1980 he served as adjudication coordinator for Bands of America, writing the first judge’s handbook and interpretation documents. He has also served several terms as a member of the BOA contest advisory commission. Mr. Snoeck is also an arranger and composer. His composition “Scaramouch,” Symphony No. 3 for Winds and Percussion was voted “…best original manuscript for band for the biennium 1971-1973” by the membership of the College Band Directors National Association.
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