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Summer 2023 MECA

Continuing Education Courses


The Directed Listening Model


June 5-July 28, 2023

Course Code



3 Graduate Credits


$1,080 is due in full with registration.


The Directed Listening Model is a new resource that provides a basis for understanding and achieving this critical musical intersection by clarifying the subject matter of ensemble music making and providing conductors and performers a system to analyze and evaluate live sounds. The model also illuminates the prerequisite technical and ensemble skills necessary for the creation of a musical performance. This class will use the text, The Directed Listening Model, to provide participants with an opportunity to interact with the authors during scheduled Zoom meetings, and use the materials with their current students to reflect on their teaching methodologies.


Guest Instructors: John Pasquale and David Clemmer


John Pasquale:


An international conductor, author and lecturer, Dr. John D. Pasquale, holds the Donald R. Shepherd Professorship in Conducting at the University of Michigan. He serves as Director of the Michigan Marching and Athletic Bands, Associate Director of University Bands and Associate Professor of Conducting. In this position, he directs and oversees the athletic band program, is the conductor of the University Band, guest conductor with the Symphony Band, Symphony Band Chamber Winds and Concert Band, and teaches classes in rehearsal pedagogy. Outside of the university, he is an instructor of music at the Bund Deutscher Blasmusikverbände e.V. Musikakademie in Staufen, Germany.


David Clemmer: 

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Dr. Clemmer is the Director of Bands and Assistant Professor of Music at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, Kentucky.  In this capacity, Dr. Clemmer conducts the EKU Symphonic Wind Ensemble, oversees the graduate wind conducting program, and coordinates the athletic bands program.

Prior to his appointment at EKU, Dr. Clemmer served in residence at the Conservatory of Music and Dance at the University of Missouri–Kansas City, completing the Doctor of Musical Arts degree under the tutelage of Professor Steven D. Davis. As a wind conductor at the conservatory, Clemmer conducted the Conservatory Wind Symphony, the Wind Ensemble, and the Graduate Chamber Players, taught undergraduate conducting, and coordinated ensemble performances at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic as well as the national conference for the College Band Director’s National Association.  As an advocate for new music, Dr. Clemmer worked in collaboration with world-renown composers, including John Corigliano, Zhou Long, Jim Mobberley, and Paul Rudy.

Dr. Clemmer served as the Associate Director of Bands and Director of Athletic Bands at the University of Kansas from 2006 to 2011.  In addition to conducting the Symphonic Band and teaching courses in music education, Clemmer oversaw all aspects of the KU athletic bands, including the Marching Jayhawks, the basketball bands, volleyball band, and various pep bands. Groups under his direction represented KU at the national level in the 2008 FedEx Orange Bowl, the 2008 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship, and the 2008 Insight Bowl.  The KU Symphonic Band was featured by invitation at the Kansas Music Educator’s Association convention, a first for the ensemble in over two decades.  Prior to KU, Dr. Clemmer held similar positions at Sam Houston State University, the University of Texas at Arlington, and as the Associate Director of Bands at Newman Smith High School in Carrollton, Texas.  During his tenure as a high school director, Dr. Clemmer’s concert
ensembles received superior and best in class awards at state and national festivals, the marching band was selected to the Texas State Marching Contest, and the jazz program expanded toinclude two jazz ensembles, both consistently receiving top honors at regional and national festivals.

In the genre of marching and pageantry arts, Dr. Clemmer served as the Brass Caption Manager of the Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps from Santa Clara, California, and taught ensemble music as a member of the brass staff of the Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps from Rosemont, Illinois. Through his teaching at the Cavaliers, Clemmer was a contributor to the instructional DVD entitled, The Cavaliers Brass: From the Concert Hall to the Football Field, which has been met with international acclaim. During his tenure from 2002-2009, the Cavaliers were awarded three Drum Corps International world champion titles and two Jim Ott Awards for “Excellence in Brass Performance.” Clemmer States, “I am most excited about the energy around the 75th anniversary and sharing this experience with the outstanding members of the Boston Crusaders, along with an unparalleled team of music educators.”

Dr. Clemmer holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in Conducting from the Conservatory of Music and Dance at the University of Missouri—Kansas City, a Master of Music in Conducting from the University of Oklahoma, and a Bachelor of Music degree with emphasis in Music Business and Music Education from the University of Texas at Arlington.  Former teachers and mentors include Steven D. Davis, Joseph Parisi, Dr. William K. Wakefield, Brian Britt, David Bertman, Ray Lichentenwalter, and Dr. Rick Bogard.  David is also a former trumpet student of Mr. John J. Haynie, trumpet professor emeritus at the University of North Texas. Professional affiliations include the College Band Director’s National Association, the National Association for Music Education, the Kentucky and Texas Music Educators Associations, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.

Chat sessions:

Monday, June 5, 2023- 6:00-7:00PM CST-  Getting Started w/ instructor Glen Schneider

Monday, June 12, 2023- 6:00PM-7:00PM CST (with Authors Clemmer/Pasquale)

Monday June 26, 2023- 6:00PM-7:00PM CST (with Author Clemmer)

Monday July 10, 2023- 6:00PM-7:00PM CST (with Author Pasquale)


Chat Session

Mondays from 6PM-7PM CST. Please see "Chat sessions" under Overview for a complete calendar.



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.

More information about Schoology can be found at

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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).


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Glen Schneider

Glen Schneider (MMEd ‘06) teaches music at Metea Valley High School in Aurora, IL, where directs the Metea Valley Symphony Orchestra, Marching Mustangs, Pep Band and MV Jazz Orchestra. Schneider also serves as the Director of the Symphonic Band at Wheaton College in Wheaton, IL, and is the Associate Conductor of the Naperville Youth Symphony Orchestra. His education includes a Bachelor of Science degree in music education from Duquesne University, a master’s degree from VanderCook, and Master of Arts in educational technology from Concordia University. Schneider has conducted the IMEA junior and senior jazz ensembles and the Western Sun Conference Honor Band, and has presented clinic sessions at the Illinois Music Education Conference and the Illinois Percussive Arts Society in addition to VanderCook. He has authored articles for the Music Educators Journal and Teaching Music, Yamaha Educator, and SBO Magazine. He has served in positions for the Fox Valley Music Festival, IMEA District IX, VanderCook College Alumni Association Board and ARTSpeaks 204, and has been a panel member for the NAMM Foundation’s Music Achievement Council. He is a member of Phi Beta Mu, and the Vic Firth Education Team. He has received the National Band Association Citation of Excellence Award, and TeachHUB’s Making A Difference Award.

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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