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Summer 2022 MECA

Continuing Education Courses


Sound Decisions About Quality Concert Band Literature


June 6-July 31, 2022

Course Code



3 Graduate Credits


$1,065, due in full with registration


The curriculum of every band program is the music. Therefore, selection of music for the highest quality to broaden, refine, and advance developing musicians should be of paramount interest. This asynchronous online course for directors teaching at any level of teaching and will help you to reset your knowledge of the meritorious repertoire at all levels for both programmatic and personal growth. Primary activities will include experiences with the core wind band repertoire included in the Teaching Music Through Performance in Band series, discussions amongst course members share information about additional quality repertoire and creation of a curriculum tailored specifically to the needs of the band program of each course participant. There will be a few schedule Zoom interactions including visits with composers Joni Greene, William Owens and Robert W. Smith. The final class project will to produce an annotated bibliography of pieces identified by class members.

Outcomes for this summer course.

  1. Students experience and identify some of the finest music composed for wind bands on every level.
  2. Participants will develop the ability to evaluate music according to criteria of musical merit.
  3. Participants will share with the class their knowledge of wind band literature.
  4. Participants will have the opportunity to interact with some quest composers
  5. Participants will develop familiarity with the Teaching Music Through Performance in Band Series (TMB) and the Teacher Resource Guides as supplementary material for their rehearsals and teaching.
  6. Participants apply all of the above to the creation of a short list of meritorious repertoire suitable for their individual programs and needs.


Chat Session

First session: Tuesday June 7th 8:00pm Central Time and then the schedule for the chat sessions will be determined by the participants when the course begins



Required Text(s)

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).


Dr. Jay Gilbert

Jay W. Gilbert Dr. Jay W. Gilbert has enjoyed the longest tenure (twenty-nine years) in the 128-year history of the Doane University Band Program. He is the Director of Instrumental Music conducting the Doane Concert Band and Community/Concert Band and the Doane Tiger Pep Band. He is also a contributing scholar to the series Teaching Music Through Performance in Band and a contributing author to the book The Art of Band Interpretation. He is a frequent guest conductor and clinician throughout the United States. Currently he chairs the Recommended Music List Committee for the Nebraska State Bandmasters Association. Dr. Gilbert has received several awards including Distinguished Service Awards from the Nebraska State Bandmasters Association and the Nebraska Music Educators Association. Multiple Citations of Excellence from the National Band Association, was the first recipient of the Zenon Hansen Leadership Award for his outstanding contributions to Doane University, where he has also been recognized by the college’s student congress as the outstanding faculty member twice during his tenure. In 2019-2020 he held Doane University’s prestigious Ardis Butler James Fellowship. Dr. Gilbert is a member of the Nebraska State Bandmasters Association, Music Educators National Conference, the College Band Directors National Association, The National Band Association, the Conductors Guild, and is past-president of the Nebraska chapter of the honoraryr band fraternity, Phi Beta Mu. He and his wife Laura live in Crete, Nebraska and have two adult sons.

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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