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This course is designed to equip music educators with the tools, skills and strategies to successfully manage the non-musical responsibilities of their positions. Topics include effective communication practices (getting your message heard and understood), data collection and analysis, budget development and management, scheduling and staffing, evaluation and assessment of students and staff, change management, developing and sustaining positive relationships, recruiting and retention of students and staff, and arts education advocacy. One outcome of the class will be an annual plan, personalized to specific teaching situations, that organizes curriculum, event, professional development and advocacy activities. Online chat sessions will be held on Mondays at 8:00 p.m. CDT.

“Organization and administration alone cannot make an ensemble sound good, but a lack of them can keep it from doing so.”  David Gregory

Required text: The Art of War by Sun Tzu (Dover Publications, ISBN 0-486-42557)

Embracing Administrative Leadership in Music Education by John Clinton (GIA Publications, ISBN 978-1-62277-166-0)

Course Testimonials:

"This was easily among the best course I have ever taken."

"Basically everything you want to know about running a successful band program."


Instructors: Rick Coulter & Rhonda Taggart

Coulter,_Rick_headshot_Su15A veteran of 38 years in public school education, Rick Coulter served as a curriculum leader of successful music, arts and academic programs in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. During his tenure in Williamsport, PA the K-12 music program was recognized twelve times as one of the 100 Best Communities for Music Education in America, the high school was selected as a Grammy Signature School, the District was highlighted in Gaining The Arts Advantage: Lessons From School Districts That Value Arts Education, and the total K-12 program was selected as a Best Practice Program by the PA Department of Education and the Pennsylvania Alliance for Arts Education. Rick is active as an arts advocate, clinician, teacher, writer, performer and conductor of the Billtown Brass Band.


Rhonda Taggart is Founder and President of Keep the Arts for Kids. An award winning teacher, designer, keynote speaker and clinician she is best known for developing the materials, training, connections and resources (including financial) to keep the arts at the core of public school education. Publications include Tips for Success, Choose to Teach, Securing Your Future, Ideas Into Action and Exploit the Power of Arts Education.



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Course Information

7646 Music Administration 101
3 graduate credits
Tuition: $960, due in full with registration.
Registration for all online courses closes at 12:00 noon CST on February 1, 2019. All online courses will begin on February 4, 2019 and conclude on May 5, 2019.

VanderCook College of Music

3140 South Federal Street
Chicago, IL 60616-3731
(312) 225-6288

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