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The Midwest Experience: A Retrospective


Make the most of your experience at The Midwest Clinic, International Band and Orchestra Conference! Earn up to two semester hours of graduate credit attending clinic sessions and concerts at McCormick Place West, located at 2301 S. Lake Shore Drive, December 16-19, 2015.

Special tuition pricing! As co-founder of the Midwest Clinic, VanderCook is able to offer special pricing for MECA students.

A notebook summarizing and critiquing all sessions and concerts attended, including copies of all handouts, concert programs and other supporting materials, must be submitted no later than January 19, 2016. Sample notebooks will be available upon request at the VanderCook booth located in the Midwest Clinic exhibit area.  


Coordinator: Patrick Benson

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The Marching Roundtable Judges Academy is an innovative new series of online courses offering judges training and assessment education for everyone interested in the marching arts. Level One, for aspiring and experienced judges, is "The Foundation of Pageantry Arts Assessment." Each student will interact with a mentor judge, and study such basic topics as understanding achievement, assigning scores, historical background, and recording commentary. Level Two, "Advanced Techniques of Adjudication for Pageantry Arts," is an in-depth study of the judging sheets and terminology used by adjudicators.

Students must have fully completed all requisite course assignments in order to be eligible to receive credit. Sample materials will be sent by the course instructor to: Patrick Benson, Director of Professional and Online Education, VanderCook College of Music, 3140 S. Federal St., Chicago, IL, 60616, for evaluation. Materials will be returned after evaluation.

For further information contact Judges Academy at 407.927.7765 or e-mail at

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The MECA continuing education program offers graduate courses for teachers seeking practical knowledge and skills that can be used in their classroom. Up to 12 credits earned in MECA classes can be applied to a master of music education degree at VanderCook College of Music.





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