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Beyond Singing: A Blueprint for the Exceptional Choral Program

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All Fall MECA online courses
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Sept. 21 through Dec. 13, 2020,
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Beyond Singing:
A Blueprint for the Exceptional Choral Program

ONLINE
September 21
December 13, 2020

Looking for new solutions to old choral program problems? This interactive course is the “Everything I WISH They Taught Me in College Before I Started to Teach” workshop! Topics include concert do’s and don’t's, teaching choral literature, rehearsal structure and techniques, effective classroom management, recruitment and retention, and how to have a successful choir program and still have a life! Activities include interactive exercises with fellow classmates, visual and audio demonstrations, and other informative events. You'll walk away with a fresh and renewed outlook, and armed with new ideas to aid your choral teaching career.

Instructor: Stan McGill

SIP_1635Stan McGill taught secondary choral music education in Texas and Missouri for over 30 years. His professional positions include Texas Music Educators Association Vocal Chair, and president of both TMEA and the Southwest American Choral Directors Association. He has served on numerous TMEA, TCDA and ACDA committees including the program chair for the 2009 and 2013 National ACDA Conferences, and is active as an adjudicator, speaker, director and clinician throughout the U.S. He is one of four authors of the Warner Brothers publication Music Expressions for Secondary Choirs, and co-author with Dr. Morris Stevens of 90 Days to Sightreading Success and Another Sightreading Success, both available through AMC Publications. Their middle school sightreading methods book, 18 Lessons to Sightreading Success, is available through Hal Leonard. His choral methods book Beyond Singing, co-authored with Elizabeth Volk, is also published by Hal Leonard. His choral arrangements are available through Shawnee Press as well as the Stan McGill Choral Series with Hal Leonard.

McGill has had extensive leadership service with ACDA and his articles have been published in the Southwestern Musician, Common Times, Choral Journal, and Texas Sings. He has directed numerous honor choirs including all state choirs in Alaska, Arkansas, Connecticut, Kentucky, New Mexico, Oklahoma and South Carolina. He has directed ACDA Honors Choirs including the 2008 SWACDA 8-10 Boys Honor Choir in Kansas City. His choirs have performed nine times for TMEA, SWACDA and National ACDA Conventions and have made three European tours. A native of Sikeston, MO, McGill graduated from William Jewell College and received his master's degree from Arizona State University.
In 2014, McGill received theChoral Excellence Award from the Texas Choral Directors Association, based on his contributions to choral music in Texas, mentorship and inspiration to colleagues and students, and continued advocacy for the future of choral singing.

 

Course Details

Beyond Singing: A Blueprint for the Exceptional Choral Program

Course Code 6160

Instructor
Stan McGill
smcgill@vandercook.edu

3 Graduate Credits

Tuition
$1,065, due in full with registration

Online Chat Sessions
Wednesdays, 6:00–7:30 p.m. CST

Prerequisites
TBD

Required Text(s)
Beyond Singing by Stan McGill
& Elizabeth Volk
(Hal Leonard)

Students are responsible for purchasing all required materials. VanderCook will not have any materials available for purchase.

Software/Hardware Requirements
Internet access is required.

MECA Online Course Details
VanderCook Online is powered by Schoology (www.schoology.com). Through this learning management system, you'll be able to interact directly with your instructor, students in your classes, and members of the greater VanderCook Online community.

Fall 2020 MECA courses officially begin on Monday, Sept. 21. Soon after you register, you'll be added as a new Schoology user. Be on the lookout for an email from Schoology with log-in instructions. Once you are given credentials, simply visit www.online.vandercook.edu to login. On the morning of Sept. 21, you'll have access to your classroom and course material.

Some courses have specific online chat meeting times (please see course descriptions), while others have a flexible meeting schedule. You can expect all courses to meet together in a live online chat. If a live meeting time doesn’t work, you can work with your instructor to make other arrangements.

You’ll have the opportunity to work at your own pace each week while completing assignments and posting responses to discussion questions. You’ll constantly be interacting with your instructor and classmates online, and working through new material each week. We know how crazy school schedules can get, so our instructors try to make everything as flexible as possible!

Online grades will be reported by mid-October. If you are in need of a transcript please visit the online transcript request page. If you are in need a quick turn around time for your transcript please submit the transcript request to the registrar prior to the end of your course(s).

 

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