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Conducting Gestures & Teaching Methods That Inspire Young Musicians

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Conducting Gestures & Teaching Methods That Inspire
Young Musicians

July 13–17, 2020

Effective conducting and teaching at the middle school and early high school level requires skill beyond basic beat patterns and simple clarity of instruction. This course will help participants expand their pallette of conducting gestures to include those that are proven to command the attention of young musicians. This course will help participants develop specific language intended to engage their student's musical imagination and keep them engaged in every lesson. Topics include short- and long-term planning for effective lessons for the large ensemble; conducting exercises designed to improve gesturs; and attributes of high quality literature and developing rehearsal priorities based on those attributes. Discussion regarding how all of the skills during the week can be applied in the classroom to affirm the musical capabilities of young students and motivate them to become independent learners will also be included.

Course outcomes:

  • The facilitating teacher and guest lecturers will lead participants in exercises designed to help expand the number of non-verbal gestures needed to help young musicians engage in more authentic music making.

  • The facilitating teacher and guest lecturers will discuss how to encourage routine musical conversations in the classroom.

  • The facilitating teacher and guest lecturers will evaluate participant's conducting gesture and help them move beyond beat patterns to conveying meaningful and useful musical intent.

Instructor: Charles "Chip" Staley

Staley,_Charles_headshot_2013Charles "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.

Course Details

Conducting Gestures &
Teaching Methods That Inspire
Young Musicians

Course Code 6090

Instructors
Charles "Chip" Staley & guests

Dates
July 13
17, 2020

3 Graduate Credits

Tuition
$1,050, due in full with registration

Early bird special: Register by 
April 17 and save $100!

Tuition must be paid in full at the
time of registration for the 
discount
to apply.


Location
VanderCook

Prerequisites
None

Required Text(s)
None

Required Materials
Primary instrument and a conducting baton

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