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Sound Decisions About Quality High School Band Literature

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conclude on July 31, 2020.

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Sound Decisions About Quality High School Band Literature

ONLINE
Spring 2020:  March 25May 4
Summer 2020:  June 8
July 31

The high school band is blessed with a vast repertoire that can present challenges to both the veteran teacher and those who are just beginning their careers. This course identifies meritorious repertoire (grade 2 to 5). Primary activities include listening to quality repertoire included in the revised edition of Teaching Music Through Performance in Band; discussing and sharing information about additional quality repertoire in the form of annotated bibliographies; and creating a curriculum of music that is based on the menu principle and tailored specifically to the needs of your program. At the end of the course, students will receive a compilation of the annotated bibliographies produced by the course members.

Instructor: Dr. Jay Gilbert

Gilbert,_Jay_headshot_2015Dr. Jay W. Gilbert has enjoyed the longest tenure (22 years) in the 120-year history of the band program at Doane University in Nebraska. He is the Director of Instrumental Music and Chair of the Music Department where he conducts the Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Community/Concert Band. He has been a guest conductor throughout the U.S. and Canada, and has also served as a presenter for numerous state conventions as well as the Midwest International Band/Orchestra Clinic in Chicago. He also is an active composer and arranger with several published compositions for band. Every summer, he is honored to conduct the middle-level band at the Kansas State University Band Camp.
 
Dr. Gilbert conducted a study of quality wind band literature that is often cited in current research. He is also a contributing scholar to the series Teaching Music Through Performance in Band and a contributing author to the book The Art of Band Interpretation. Dr. Gilbert has received several awards including two Distinguished Service Awards from the Nebraska State Bandmasters Association, three Citations of Excellence from the National Band Association, an Artist’s Fellowship from the Nebraska Arts Council, and the Zenon Hansen Leadership Award for his outstanding contributions to Doane. He was recognized by Doane as Outstanding Teacher of the Year by the college’s student congress, and was inducted into the University of Nebraska-Omaha’s Band Hall of Fame.

Course Details

Sound Decisions About Quality High School Band Literature

Spring Course Code 7690
Summer Course Code 7880

Instructor
Dr. Jay Gilbert

3 Graduate Credits

Tuition
$1,050, due in full with registration

Early bird special: Register by 
April 17 and save $50!

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

Online Chat Sessions
TBD

Prerequisites
None

Required Text(s)
The course will utilize one required text:

Teaching Music through Performance in Band, Vol. 1, 2nd ed.
by Blocher, Corporon, et al.;
ed. Richard Miles
[title abbreviated as TMB1]

Students are responsible for purchasing all required texts and materials. VanderCook will not provide any course materials nor have any available for purchase.

Software/Hardware Requirements
Access to a Mac, PC or Chromebook, connected to the Internet.

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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