Singing Games for Solo Singing & Developing Cooperative Spirits in Musical Play
Presented by Cecile Johnson - Saturday, September 13, 2014, 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Using Multi-Cultural Literature as a Springboard for Musical Discovery
Presented by Jacki Kelly-McHale - Saturday, November 1, 2014, 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
A Piece of CAKE with the CAKE Board Members
Presented by The CAKE Board - Saturday, February 28, 2015, 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Kodály and Orff: Stronger Together
Presented by Andrew Ellingsen - Saturday, April 11, 2015, 11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Students seeking credit must also register with CAKE for each workshop. VanderCook tuition is in addition to fees assessed by CAKE. Please visit for more information. All workshops will be held at Quinlan and Fabish Music Company in Mount Prospect, IL. 

Coordinator: Rick Palese

palese_rick_retouchRick Palese joined the administrative team at VanderCook in July 2010, however his relationship with the institution goes back much further. Rick is a VanderCook alumnus, having earned his B.M.Ed. in 2003, and M.M.Ed. in 2008.

Prior to being hired at VanderCook, Rick taught for seven years at Prairie Hill School in Cary, IL, where he directed both 5th and 6th grade bands. While at Prairie Hill, Rick also sponsored Jazz Club, Podcasting Club, and assisted with 6th grade musical productions and school assemblies.

Rick is an avid percussionist and maintains an active teaching studio at Absolute Music in Geneva, IL. He is a member of the Hudson Music Teacher Integration Project, and Vic Firth Education Team.








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