Graduate Symposium in Leadership & Artistic Thinking

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in Leadership & Artistic Thinking

February 8May 9, 2021

This course will engage participants with teachers, artists, and leaders in the field of music performance and music education. Each weekly module will be geared toward a specific topic or experience with a guest speaker. A high level of reflection will be involved for both personal and program needs, as well as interacting with readings and video lectures.  

Guest Speakers:

Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser (Vice President for Education, Conn-Selmer, Inc.)

Alexander Gemignani (Broadway Conductor, Actor/Singer/Musician, Adjunct Faculty, New York University Steinhardt)

Kimberly Richter (Naperville Youth Symphony Orchestra)

Margene Pappas (Retired Director of Bands, Oswego High School, IL)

Ryan Henry (General Music Teacher and Composers Club Director, Indian Prairie School District)

Gregory Schwaegler (Orchestra Teacher, Neuqua Valley High School, and Project Leader for #LiftYourVoice)

Alex Kaminsky (Director of Bands, VanderCook College of Music)

and others (pending availability)

Instructor: Glen Schneider

glen_schneider_headshotGlen Schneider (MMEd ‘06) teaches band at Metea Valley High School in Aurora, IL, and directs the Metea Valley Symphony Orchestra, Marching Mustangs, Pep Band and MV Jazz Orchestra. Schneider previously taught band at Neuqua Valley High School in Naperville, IL; the Oswego Community School District 308 in Oswego, IL, where he taught junior high school and high school band and served as the District Band Coordinator; and the Fox Chapel Area School District in Pittsburgh, where he taught general music and 5th grade band. His education includes a Bachelor of Science degree in music education from Duquesne University, a master’s degree from VanderCook, and Master of Arts in educational technology from Concordia University. Schneider has conducted the IMEA junior and senior jazz ensembles and the Western Sun Conference Honor Band, and has presented clinic sessions at the Illinois Music Education Conference and the Illinois Percussive Arts Society in addition to VanderCook. He has authored review articles for the Music Educators Journal and Teaching Music. He has served in positions for the Fox Valley Music Festival, IMEA District IX, VanderCook’s Alumni Association Board and ARTSpeaks 204, and has been a panel member for the NAMM Foundation Music Achievement Council. He is a member of Phi Beta Mu, and the Vic Firth Education Team. He has received the National Band Association Citation of Excellence Award, and TeachHUB’s Making A Difference Award.

in Leadership &
Artistic Thinking

Course Code 7250

Glen Schneider

3 Graduate Credits

$1,065, due in full with registration

Chat Sessions


Software/Hardware Requirements
Mac, PC or Chromebook with access to the internet.


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