Rehearsal Innovation:
Techniques & Strategies to Ignite the Ensemble Classroom

September 20December 12, 2021

This class will examine and evaluate the teaching methods, leadership traits, and program development ideas shared by nationally known directors based on readings found in The Conductor's Companion by Gary Stith. Blending together wisdom and guidance from experienced teachers with practical ways to apply the concepts studied, participants will be required to do weekly readings and written reflections, as well as several long term projects based on the units of study (musicianship, conducting, engagement, program development).  

Instructor: Glen Schneider

Glen Schneider is a faculty member at Metea Valley High School in Aurora, Illinois, where he teaches band. He also directs the Metea Valley Symphony Orchestra, Marching Mustangs, Pep Band, MV Jazz Orchestra, and serves as the music department faculty PLC Leader.  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, PA, where he taught General Music and 5th Grade Band. His education includes a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Duquesne University, Master of Music Education from VanderCook College of Music, and Master of Arts in Educational Technology, from Concordia University.
Schneider has conducted the IMEA junior and senior jazz ensembles, the Western Sun Conference Honor Band, and has presented clinic sessions at the Illinois Music Education Conference, Illinois Percussive Arts Society, VanderCook College of Music, and has authored review articles for the Music Educator’s Journal and Teaching Music. He has served in positions for the Fox Valley Music Festival, IMEA District IX, VanderCook College Alumni Board, 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 the TeachHUB "Making A Difference" Award. 


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