Build, Maintain & Champion an
Enduring, High Quality
Music Program

June 7–August 1, 2021

This course will recharge your batteries, reset your aspirations and rebuild your spirit. Affirm your priorities for building the infrastructure needed to provide quality music education for all students. Reinforce the most effective way to continually improve classroom instruction, authentically engage building administration, and cultivate a community of stakeholders dedicated to cementing the essential role music plays as a core curricular offering. Personal reflection through writing is a major component of this class. Attendance at a weekly Zoom class is required (Tuesdays at 11:00am Central time). 

The class size is capped at 12 students to ensure there will be plenty of opportunity for professional conversations.

Instructor: Charles "Chip" Staley

Charles "Chip" Staley began his teaching career at Eisenhower High School in Blue Island, IL. Staley recently retired from public school teaching after 30 years in District 204 in Naperville, where he served as a Fine Arts Chair first at Waubonsie Valley and then at Neuqua Valley High School. Over his career, Staley taught wind ensemble, jazz ensemble, symphony orchestra and musical theater orchestra. Under his guidance, the Neuqua Valley Fine Arts Department was awarded the National Schools of Distinction in Arts Education Award from the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Neuqua Valley has been honored by the GRAMMY Foundation seven times with GRAMMY Gold status, and was twice recognized as a GRAMMY National Signature School.

Staley’s bands and orchestras have performed at the Midwest Clinic, Chicago’s Symphony Center, University of Illinois’ Krannert Hall, and at concert venues in China, England, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Spain, Hungary and the Czech Republic.

Staley is the recipient of the John Paynter Lifetime Achievement Award, the Mary Hoffman Excellence in Teaching Award, the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra's Music Inspiration Award, and the John Philip Sousa Foundation’s Sudler Flag of Honor. Staley is a member of the Illinois Music Educators Association Assessment Committee and is an advisor for the Illinois State Board of Education. Staley is a National Board certified teacher holding degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Illinois. In 2019, Staley received a Doctor of Music Honoris Causa from VanderCook College of Music.

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