Band Administration for a Comprehensive Program

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Band Administration for a
Comprehensive Program

June 7-August 1, 2021

This course will provide multiple strategies for successfully managing the non-musical responsibilities of a comprehensive band program. Explore tools to help organize: boosters, staff, student leaders, budgets, fundraisers, calendars, assets, requisitions, and recruiting and retention efforts. Learn to effectively communicate with coaches/teachers, administrators, students, parents and the community.

By the end of this course students will be able to:

  • Create a plan for asset acquisition and management (music, instruments, uniforms)
  • Organize annual calendars, performances, boosters, and student leaders
  • Outline strategies for effective communication with students, faculty and the community

Instructor: Dr. Myra Rhoden

Dr. Myra Rhoden serves as the Band Director and Fine Arts Department Chairperson at Fayette County High School (GA). A native of Tuskegee, Alabama, Dr. Rhoden was named the NAfME 2018 National Band Director of the Year, has been awarded the National Band Association’s Citation of Excellence on four occasions, has been named STAR Teacher and Teacher of the Year, and was presented the 1995 Sallie Mae First Class Teacher Award, a national award given to one teacher in each state for an outstanding first year of teaching.
Dr. Rhoden has been selected for presentations at The Midwest Clinic, Music for
All Summer Symposium, Conn-Selmer Institute, National Association for Music Education’s Eastern Division Conference, the Youth Orchestra of LA at the Heart of Los Angeles, and various state’s Music Educators Associations, colleges, clinics, and camps throughout the country. She has had the distinct pleasure of being a guest conductor for The United States Army Field Band of Washington, D.C. and the Tara Winds of Atlanta, Georgia. She is the founder of the Athena Music and Leadership Camp (, an all-girls band/orchestra summer camp that was created to promote musical excellence while emphasizing leadership and team-building skills. She is also honored to be a Conn-Selmer Educational Clinician and a member of the Phi Beta Mu International Bandmasters Fraternity.

Course Details

Band Administration for a
Comprehensive Program

Course Code 7801

Dr. Myra Rhoden

3 Graduate Credits

$1,065, due in full with registration

Chat Sessions
TBD with participants
once the course has commenced.


Required Text(s)

Software/Hardware Requirements
Internet access is required.

MECA Online
is powered by Schoology

Schoology is a learning management system that allows you to interact directly with your instructors, fellow students, and members of the greater VanderCook community.

Summer 2021 MECA courses officially begin on Monday, June 7. Soon after you register, be on the lookout for an email from Schoology with log-in instructions. Once you receive credentials, visit to login. On the morning of June 7, 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.

Online grades will be reported by mid-June. If you need a transcript, please visit the online transcript request page. For faster turnaround time, please submit the transcript request to the registrar prior to the end of your course(s).

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