7586 Audio Recording Strategies to Promote Individual and Ensemble Growth


Musicians and educators have access to a greater variety of excellent audio recording tools than ever before. Learn how self-recording and self-evaluation can be powerful techniques to promote and demonstrate student growth, as well as improve ensemble performance when judiciously employed. In this online course, you’ll learn how to improve the sonic quality of your audio recordings, practice critical listening skills, and develop methods to incorporate recording practice in your unique teaching situation. You’ll also explore audio recording in a variety of instructional contexts, and create learning experiences for students that reinforce practice strategies they can use to independently develop their skills.


Participants in this course must have access to digital recording technology, as uploading audio is required for many assignments. Desktop-based audio recording is preferred, although mobile/handheld recording is also acceptable. Basic computer skills are required, including word processing skills, uploading/downloading files, and minimal experience with a Digital Audio Workstation (Audacity, GarageBand, etc.)


Chat sessions will be held on Wednesdays, beginning at 7:00 p.m. CST beginning February 3, 2016. Attendance and participation in chat sessions is an expectation for meeting course requirements. VanderCook will provide the required text for this course.

Instructor: Rick Palese

Palese,_Rick_headshot_2016_copyRick Palese is a PhD in Music and Human Learning candidate at the University of Texas at Austin, serving as an Academic Assistant in the Sarah and Ernest Butler School of Music. He is also involved with the University of Texas String Project, one the most significant teacher training and string instrument instruction programs of it’s kind in American colleges and universities. Prior to his arrival in Texas, Rick earned both his B.M.Ed  and M.M.Ed degrees in Music Education at VanderCook College of Music in Chicago, Illinois, where he was honored with the Esprit de Corps award on three separate occasions, and graduated as Senior Salutatorian.

Rick began his teaching career at Prairie Hill School in Cary, Illinois, directing 5th and 6th grade bands, and sponsoring  jazz and podcasting clubs from 2003-2010. He worked with the Cary Education Foundation to secure a grant, commissioning the work Colliding Visions by Brian Balmages.

In 2010, Rick returned to VanderCook as administrative faculty. He served as the Director of the Music Education Center of America (MECA) Continuing Education program. Rick was also as the Director of Student Teaching, and co-taught technology in music education courses.

Mr. Palese has presented at the Wisconsin Music Educators Association and Illinois Music Education Association conferences, and taught at the Wisconsin Center for Music Education, and presented a number of continuing education courses in the MECA program. Rick’s professional memberships include Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, The National Association for Music Education, the Percussive Arts Society, and the Vic Firth Education Team. As an active performer and educator, Rick is passionate about teacher education, learning strategies, curriculum design, applications of music technology, and models of popular music education in the schools.



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Course Information

7586 Audio Recording Strategies to Promote Individual and Ensemble Growth (Online)
1 graduate credit
Tuition: $320, due in full with registration.


Registration for all online courses closes at 12:00 noon CST on February 1, 2016. Course 7586 begins on February 1, 2016 and concludes on February 29, 2016

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