“Music for All: Awakening Creativity” 
Presented by Kerri Lynn Nichols - Saturday, September 19, 2015, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
“Paying Attention to Possibility: The Power of Choice in the Music Classroom”
Presented by Roger Sams - Saturday, October 17, 2015, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Chapter Share
Presented by GCAOSA Members - Saturday, January 23, 2016, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
“Fun and Games While Expanding Your General Music Percussion Ensemble: New pieces and stories for Drums, Xylophone, and Recorder” 
Presented by Paul Corbiere - Saturday, February, 20, 2016, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
“Elemental Adventures”
Presented by James Harding - Saturday, March 19, 2016, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
“PROCESS=THE RECIPE FOR SUCCESS in Elemental Music Making”
Presented by Michelle Pryzbylowski - Saturday, April 16, 2016, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Students seeking credit must also register with GCAOSA for each workshop. VanderCook tuition is in addition to fees assessed by GCAOSA. Please visit www.gcaosa.org for more information.
VanderCook College of Music is offering one semester hour of graduate-level academic credit for eligible participants. To earn credit, a student must: 1) attend sessions totaling at least 12.5 clock hours per credit hour. Registration for credit must be postmarked no later than May 16, 2016. Full tuition must be enclosed with registration. Please send your registration form directly to VanderCook.

Coordinator: Rick Palese

Benson_HeadshotPatrick Benson joined the administrative team at VanderCook College of Music in July 2015 as the director of continuing and online education. Patrick earned his B.M.Ed. from VanderCook in 2008, and is currently working on his Master of Arts in Applied Professional Studies at the School for New Learning at DePaul University.

Patrick returns to his alma mater having taught for seven years at Hubbard High School in Chicago, where he was the director of high school bands. While at Hubbard, Patrick led the marching band, jazz band and pep band. He was also the audio/visual coordinator, as well as the school activity director and a local school council representative.

In addition to teaching and working at VanderCook, Patrick is an active percussionist in the Chicagoland area, and currently serves as president of the VanderCook Alumni Association.





VanderCook College of Music - (312) 225-6288