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7086 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 14-17, 2016.

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 13, 2017. Sample notebooks will be available upon request at the VanderCook booth located in the Midwest Clinic exhibit area.  


Coordinator: Patrick Benson

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.


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Course Information

7086 The Midwest Experience: A Retrospective
1 graduate credit - Tuition: $165 (7086A)
2 graduate credits - Tuition: $330 (7086B)
Tuition is due in full with registration
Click HERE for assignment requirements
Click HERE for assignment grading rubric

Location: McCormick Place West, 2301 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL
December 14-17

VanderCook College of Music

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

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