6245 Beyond The Notes And Rhythms: Bringing Music To Life & Making Band A Meaningful Experience


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This course is designed to get band directors to think more deeply as musicians, to teach with a continual eye towards more meaningful music making, and to conduct in a such a way that empowers musicians to perform at their highest level. Tips and techniques involving score study, rehearsal techniques, and conducting will be complemented with information and ideas to help you connect with your innate musicianship. Discussions will center on how to achieve the optimal balance between a conductor’s interpretation and the composer’s intent. Students will be provided with repertoire and programming ideas that include time-tested classics to some of the most recent compositions for wind band. This class is certain to have a profound and positive impact on how you approach your next band rehearsal.

Instructors: Glen Schneider, Dr. Charles Menghini, Gary Green, Frank Ticheli, & Allan McMurray


Schneider,_Glen_Headshot_2012Glen Schneider is a faculty member at Metea Valley High School (Indian Prairie School District 204), in Aurora, Illinois, where he teaches Concert Winds and Wind Symphony and variety of wind and percussion technique classes.  He also directs the Metea Valley Symphony Orchestra, Marching Mustangs, Percussion Ensemble, Jazz Orchestra, and serves as the Music Department Faculty PLC Leader.  Mr. Schneider previously taught at Neuqua Valley High School in Naperville, IL, the Oswego Community School District 308 in Oswego, IL, and Fox Chapel Area High School in Pittsburgh, PA.  He holds degrees in Music Education from Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA, and VanderCook College of Music, Chicago, IL.  
Mr. Schneider has guest conducted the IMEA Junior and Senior High School Jazz Ensembles in District IX and I, the Western Sun Conference Honor Band, and has presented at the ICMEA Conference, the Illinois Percussive Arts Society Day of Percussion, VanderCook Day of Percussion, and has authored review articles for the Music Educator’s Journal and Teaching Music.  He has served in positions for the Fox Valley Music Festival, IMEA District IX, VanderCook College Alumni Board, ARTSpeaks 204, and has been a panel member for the Music Achievement Council (NAMM Foundation).  He is a member of IMEA, NafME, Phi Beta Mu, Percussive Art Society, and the Vic Firth Education Team.

 Charles T. Menghini is President, Professor of Music and Director of Bands at VanderCook College of Music in Chicago, Illinois. Prior to his appointment as President in August of 2004, Charlie served as Dean of Undergraduate Studies and Director of Bands. He began his teaching at VanderCook College in 1994 and his teaching has included conducting, organization and administration, curriculum and supervision, brass methods and rehearsal techniques classes.
Charlie brought with his appointment to VanderCook 18 years of successful high school band experience in Missouri and Kansas. Bands under his direction received consistent Division I ratings in regional, state and national music festivals, performed at various state music educator conventions and performed in the Tournament of Roses Parade, Orange Bowl Parade, Bands of America International Festival and the XV Olympic Winter Games in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
Originally from Iron Mountain, Michigan, Menghini attended Northern Michigan University and the University of Missouri – Columbia where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education. He also holds a Master degree in Education from the University of Missouri – Kansas City and a Doctorate of Arts in Wind Conducting from the University of Missouri – Kansas City Conservatory of Music where he studied with Gary Hill. In addition to Hill, Menghini recognizes Tim Lautzenheiser and Gary Green as being most-influential teachers in his growth and development.
Charles Menghini has written for professional journals and magazines including the “Instrumentalist” where he serves as a member of the Board of Advisors. He is also co-author of the Essential Elements 2000 Band Method, published by the Hal Leonard Corporation.
Charlie frequently serves as a clinician and adjudicator throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia and New Zealand, and has actively worked with over 350 school and community ensembles from 20 states as well as Canada, Japan, Southeast Asia and Australia. He has conducted all –state ensembles in Wisconsin, North Dakota, Georgia, South Carolina, Nebraska, New York, Virginia, and Minnesota, and has presented numerous clinics at the Midwest Clinic in Chicago and state and regional music educators in-services throughout the world.
Menghini is a Lowell Mason Fellow and is a member of the American Bandmasters Association, College Band Directors National Association, the National Band Association, National Association for Music Education, and Phi Beta Mu. He was inducted into the Alpha Psi Chapter of Pi Kappa Lambda National Honor Society for Music - the highest honor a conservatory faculty can bestow on a student in recognition of outstanding musicianship and scholarly achievement, and is an honorary member of the Xi Kappa (VanderCook College) Chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.
Charlie is an educational consultant for the Hal Leonard Corporation of Milwaukee, WI, and is an educational member of the Music Achievement Council of the NAMM Foundation.  An active performer, Charlie played lead trumpet in the Kansas City Chiefs Professional Football Band for fifteen seasons.
Menghini is a member of the Rotary Club of Chicago Near South and is a Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow.  He is Past President of the First Friday Club of Chicago and is the official trumpeter for the City Club of Chicago.
Green,_Gary_headshotGary Green, Professor of Music and Director of Bands at the University of Miami Frost School of Music, teaches conducting and serves as the conductor of the Frost Wind Ensemble. Formerly the chair of the Department of Instrumental Performance, Green holds a B.M. degree from Boise State University and an M.M. degree from the University of Idaho. He formerly conducted the University of Connecticut’s Symphony Band, Wind Ensemble, and Marching Band. Green also was director of bands at University High School in Spokane, Washington, one of the most widely respected band programs in the nation. Throughout his career, Green has received numerous honors and awards. His recent conducting activities include events in Florida, Texas, Connecticut, Kansas, Maryland, Georgia, Utah, Virginia, Washington, and others. In addition, he has conducted all state, regional, national, and international honor bands.
McMurray,_Allan_headshotAllan McMurray


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6245 Beyond The Notes and Rhythms: Bringing Music to Life & Making Band a Meaningful Musical Experience

3 graduate credits
Location: VCM 3125 Room M116

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Tuition: $930 (includes $75 resource fee)
A $75 deposit is required at time of registration. Tuition balance is due in full by the first day of class.

July 6-10
Monday - Thursday: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.


VanderCook College of Music

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

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