Active Approaches to Music Listening in the General Music Classroom

Presented by Brent Gault

Saturday, September 10, 2016, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.


Diversity & Inclusion: Building Empathy Through Multicultural Music, Dance & Children’s Literature

Presented by Manju Durairaj

Saturday, November 5, 2016, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  


CAKE Share with the CAKE Board Members details to be announced.

Presented by The CAKE Board

Saturday, February 25, 2017, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.


First, We Sing! Songs & Games for Kodály-Inspired Teaching

Presented by Susan Brumfield

***Note: The Susan Brumfield workshop will be held at Old Town School of Folk Music

455 N. Lincoln Ave. Chicago, IL 60625

Saturday, April 8, 2017, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.


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. A materials fee ($20 for CAKE members; $50 for non-CAKE members) will be assessed for all participating students.


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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