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Empowering Students to Make Musical Decisions

Empowering Students to Make Musical Decisions

Next session dates TBD

Music class is a problem-solving laboratory. Even so, the traditional teaching strategy from the podium is to be the "sage on the stage." In the service of "efficiency," error detection is the domain of the teacher on the podium, which leads to the teacher being the only problem-solver in the room. Currently, all teacher evaluation systems place a high value on student engagement, so it is imperative that teachers shift more of the responsibility for musical decision-making to students. This class will offer multiple strategies for teachers to create the conditions under which students will take the lead in their own learning.

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

  • Engage participants in conversations about current teaching practices and discuss approaches more in line with current teaching models.

  • Create lesson units that include multiple opportunities for students to offer their own ideas and solutions to problems.

  • Explore models for leadership teams and apply them to their current teaching situation.

Instructor: Charles "Chip" Staley

Staley,_Charles_headshot_2013Charles 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.

Course Details

Empowering Students
to Make Musical Decisions

Course Code TBD

Instructor
Charles "Chip" Staley

2 Graduate Credits

Tuition
$700, due in full with registration

Promotional discounts do not apply to this course.

Online Chat Sessions
TBD

Prerequisites
None

Required Text(s)
None

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.

Summer 2020 MECA courses officially begin on Monday, June 8. 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, visit 
www.online.vandercook.edu to login. On the morning of June 8, you'll have access to your classroom and course material.

Some courses have specific online chat meeting times while others have a flexible meeting schedule; please check individual course descriptions and details. You can expect all courses to meet together in a live online chat. If you are unable to attend the scheduled live meeting time, please consult your instructor to make alternative 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!

Transcript requests can be made online using the Transcript Request Form. Any inquiries regarding transcripts should be directed to the Registrar’s Office at 312.788.1151. If you are in need a quick turn around time for your transcript please submit the request to the registrar prior to the end of your course(s).

 

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