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Summer 2022 MECA

Continuing Education Courses


VanderCook Summer Band Director Workshop


July 9-July 9, 2022

Course Code



1 Graduate Credit or Non-credit


1 graduate credit $150 due in full with registration or None-Credit $50


Spend a day at VanderCook for practical and meaningful professional development with expert music educators! Sessions will focus on rehearsal techniques, instrument pedagogy, teacher self-care, a Yamaha Harmony Director demonstration and more. The day will culminate with a reading session led by Alex Kaminsky, Director of Bands at VanderCook College of Music, followed by a social gathering. Social gathering at the college with follow the event (4:30pm-6:00pm).

Guest Clinicians:

  • Alex Kaminsky
  • Rachel Maxwell
  • Keith Ozsvath
  • Paul Fox
  • Lisa Hatfield
  • Don Stinson
  • Kim Richter
  • Julie Popplewell


8-9:15am: Opening Session “Teacher Burnout & Self-Care” – Paul Fox

9:30-10:20am: Lisa Hatfield (Session Title Coming Soon)

10:30-10:20am: Improving Ensemble Intonation (and Harmony Director demonstration) – Alex Kaminsky

11:20-12:20pm: LUNCH

12:30-1:20pm: Paul Fox (Session Title Coming Soon)

1:30-1:20pm: Don Stinson (Session Title Coming Soon)

2:30-3:20pm: Instrument Pedagogy Session

Bassoon – Kim Richter

Oboe – Julie Popplewell

Horn – Rachel Maxwell

3:30-4:30pm: Forgotten School Band Literature (reading session) – Alex Kaminsky

4:30-6:00pm: Social Gathering


Chat Session




Required Text(s)

None. Please bring your primary instrument.

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).


keith ozsvath

Keith Ozsvath

Keith Ozsvath has been sharing his lifelong passion for music with the students at Rotolo Middle School in Batavia, IL, a six-time NAMM Best Community for Music Education, since 2000. He currently co-teaches band and orchestra, directs the Jazz Ensemble and Symphonic Band while finding unique ways to integrate technology to enhance his students’ learning. ​In addition to being a dedicated middle school teacher, Ozsvath teaches graduate courses at VanderCook College of Music. He has presented numerous webinars and professional development sessions for music educators at the The Midwest Clinic, Virginia Music Educators Association, Illinois Music Educators Conference, VanderCook College of Music, and the Association of Middle Level Educators. His dedication to teaching has been recognized through the Chicagoland Outstanding Music Educator award in 2015 and twice by “Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers.” In 2017, Ozsvath was honored with an “Exemplary Educator Award” from the Batavia CANDO parent organization. Most recently, he was inducted to the Nazareth Academy Fine Arts Hall of Fame in 2018. Keith is part of the ILMEA Clinician Network which provides professional development to music educators across Illinois. Ozsvath has had the distinguished honor of being an Illinois Summer Youth Music conductor at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana and is the co-founder and coordinator for the Middle School Concert Band Camp at the Music for All Summer Symposium held at Ball State University.
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