7294 GCAOSA 2014-2015 Workshop Series


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Recital Highlights

“Creating a Dynamic Learning Community with Traditional Dance, Song and Storytelling” 
Presented by Peter and Mary Alice Amidon - Saturday, September 20, 2014, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
“Playful Process – Serious Thought”
Presented by Connie Van Engen - Saturday, October 18, 2014, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Chapter Share
Presented by GCAOSA Members - Saturday, January 24, 2015, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
“Using Children’s Literature in the Music Classroom” 
Presented by Thom Borden - Saturday, February, 21, 2015, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
“Singing to Learn and Active Listening”
Presented by Brent Holl - Saturday, March 21, 2015, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
“Planning for Understanding: Curriculum Development in Orff Schulwerk”
Presented by Jay Broeker - Saturday, April 18, 2015, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Students seeking credit must also register with GCAOSA for each workshop. VanderCook tuition is in addition to fees assessed by GCAOSA. Please visit for more information.

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.









Course Information

7294 GCAOSA 2014-2015 Workshop Series
Tuition for 1 credit (7294A): $310, due in full with registration
Tuition for 2 credits (7294B): $595, due in full with registration
Location: Prairie Oak School, Berwyn, IL

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