September 8, 2018: Amy Abbott presents Hook, Line & Sinker: Catching the Attention of the Older Student

November 17, 2018: Lillie Feierabend presents Vocal Development In Young Children at Old Town School of Folk Music

March 2, 2019: Octavo Share & Kodály-Inspired Rehearsal Techniques

April 13, 2019:- Karen Howard presents World Music Pedagogy at Concordia University (co-hosted with GCAOSA)

Students seeking credit must also register with CAKE for each workshop. Please visit for more information. VanderCook tuition is in addition to fees assessed by CAKE. 


Coordinator: Patrick Benson


Patrick Benson (MMEd '08) joined the administration of VanderCook College of Music in July 2015 as the director of continuing and online education. Benson earned his bachelor's degree from VanderCook and also received VanderCook’s Esprit de Corps Award. Benson attended the School for New Learning at DePaul University, earning his Master of Arts in Applied Professional Studies in 2017. While at DePaul, Benson was awarded the School for New Learning’s Student Excellence Award and Writing Showcase Award.
Benson returns to his alma mater having taught for seven years at Hubbard High School in Chicago as the director of bands. While at Hubbard, Benson led the marching, jazz and pep bands. He was also the audio/visual coordinator, as well as the school activity director and a local school council representative. Benson is a member of VanderCook’s Alumni Association and served as its president from 2014-2015. 
In addition to teaching and working at VanderCook, Benson is an active percussionist and drummer in the Chicagoland area, and currently serves as assistant director of the Lakeside Pride Jazz Orchestra. 





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