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Sound Decisions About Quality High School Band Literature

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SUMMER 2021
All online Summer MECA
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and conclude on August 1,
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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

Summer 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.

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
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Schoology is a learning management system that allows you to interact directly with your instructors, fellow students, and members of the greater VanderCook community.

Summer 2021 MECA courses officially begin on Monday, June 7. Soon after you register, be on the lookout for an email from Schoology with log-in instructions. Once you receive credentials, visit online.vandercook.edu to login. On the morning of June 7, you'll have access to your classroom and course material.

Some courses have specific online chat meeting times (please see course descriptions), while others have a flexible meeting schedule. You can expect all courses to meet together in a live online chat. If a live meeting time doesn’t work, you can work with your instructor to make other arrangements.

Online grades will be reported by mid-June. If you need a transcript, please visit the online transcript request page. For faster turnaround time, please submit the transcript request to the registrar prior to the end of your course(s).

More information about Schoology can be found at www.schoology.com.

 

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