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The Midwest Experience: A Retrospective

Midwest_Clinic_Logo_Blue_Fa14Make the most of your experience at The Midwest Clinic, International Band and Orchestra Conference! Earn 1-2 semester hours of graduate credit attending clinic sessions and concerts at McCormick Place West, located at 2301 S. Lake Shore Drive on December 17-20, 2014.
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 20, 2015. Sample notebooks will be available upon request at the VanderCook booth located in the Midwest Clinic exhibit area.

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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Course Information

7274 The Midwest Experience: A Retrospective
1 graduate credit - Tuition: $160 (7274A)
2 graduate credits - Tuition: $320 (7274B)
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 17-20

VanderCook College of Music

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

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