6725 Comprehensive Musicianship through Performance (CMP)


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Are you looking for a course that’s practical, inspiring, musical and fun, all while helping you become a better teacher? CMP is a planning process that helps teachers explore the elements of meaningful music performance skills, knowledge and affect, and integrates those elements into student-centered teaching plans. The training process helps music teachers clarify their priorities without losing the essence of their own approach. Chris Gleason will lead participants through the CMP model and share how CMP can be effectively used in the classroom. This course will also show how CMP can serve as a guide as you embrace Educator Effectiveness, the Danielson Framework, and more! Participants will take part in rehearsal demonstrations and see many examples of projects, portfolios, concert ideas, teaching plans, technology uses, and student artifacts from a CMP classroom. Participants will need to bring two or three scores that they are considering using this school year, their major instrument, and a laptop computer. 

Instructor: Chris Gleason

Gleason,_Chris_headshot_2013Chris Gleason earned his BME from UW-Eau Claire in 1997 and his Masters Degree from UW-LaCrosse in 2002. He teaches band at Patrick Marsh Middle School in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. Mr. Gleason's bands have been selected to perform at events such as the "New Wisconsin Promise Conference", and the 2006 and 2009 Wisconsin State Music Conferences. The Patrick Marsh Middle School Band has commissioned composers such as Samuel R. Hazo (Blue and Green Music -2009), Brian Balmages (Sun Cycles – 2012), and currently Michael Sweeney. In 1992 Mr. Gleason was selected as the Wisconsin Governor’s Scholar to Interlochen Arts Camp. Mr. Gleason has performed professionally at Disneyland and the Mall of America. He has been guest conductor of numerous camps and festivals including the National Band Association –Wisconsin Junior High All-State Band, Tri-State Honors Band, UW-Milwaukee Honors Band and UW-Whitewater Band Camp. He is the chair of the Wisconsin Comprehensive Musicianship through Performance (CMP) Committee and the chair of the Wisconsin State Middle Level Honors Band. He has taught CMP Workshops at VanderCook College of Music, the Los Angeles Unified School District in California, The Total Music Educators Workshop, numerous school districts in the Midwest, and recently in Hong Kong. Mr. Gleason was the recent recipient of the Vi Miller Award for Excellence by Dane Arts. Mr. Gleason is the founder and organizer of the Band Festival at the Kalahari in Wisconsin Dells. Mr. Gleason is a member of NBA, WMEA, and NAfME.


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Course Information

6725 Comprehensive Musicianship through Performance (CMP)


3 graduate credits
Location: VCM 3140 Room 219

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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 20 - 24
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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