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Stuck in the Middle (School Choir) With You

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Fall MECA Online Courses
All Fall MECA online courses
are generally held from
Sept. 20 through Dec. 12, 2021,
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Registration closes at 11:59 p.m.  
on September 17, 2021


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Stuck in the Middle (School Choir)
With You

ONLINE
September 20December 12, 2021

 

Stan McGill has developed another outstanding course to infuse today’s choral repertoire with modern classics. Building on the success of The Greatest Generation…of Choral Music, this course focuses on composers and pieces for the developing singer in the middle school choir. Best-selling octavos will be showcased, many NOT found in current reading sessions. Each student will receive over 100 choral pieces, each outstanding “sure-fire winners” from composers including Joyce Eilers, Roger Emerson, Ruth Artman, Emily Crocker, Laura Farnell, Cristi Carrie Miller, Mary Lynn Lightfoot, Julie Knowles, Victor Johnson and Rollo Dilworth, among many more. More than just a reading session, this course will delve into rehearsal and teaching techniques, how text impacts the music, and other aspects to effectively prepare, rehearse and perform each piece.

Additional highlights will include twice-daily videoconferences with current popular middle school composers. Students will be able to interact with these talented writers, ask questions and pull back the curtain on little-known details concerning text selection, personal inspirations and background on some of their better-known works.



Instructor: Stan McGill

SIP_1635Stan McGill taught secondary choral music education in Texas and Missouri for over 30 years. His professional positions include Texas Music Educators Association Vocal Chair, and president of both TMEA and the Southwest American Choral Directors Association. He has served on numerous TMEA, TCDA and ACDA committees including the program chair for the 2009 and 2013 National ACDA Conferences, and is active as an adjudicator, speaker, director and clinician throughout the U.S. He is one of four authors of the Warner Brothers publication Music Expressions for Secondary Choirs, and co-author with Dr. Morris Stevens of 90 Days to Sightreading Success and Another Sightreading Success, both available through AMC Publications. Their middle school sightreading methods book, 18 Lessons to Sightreading Success, is available through Hal Leonard. His choral methods book Beyond Singing, co-authored with Elizabeth Volk, is also published by Hal Leonard. His choral arrangements are available through Shawnee Press as well as the Stan McGill Choral Series with Hal Leonard.

McGill has had extensive leadership service with ACDA and his articles have been published in the Southwestern Musician, Common Times, Choral Journal, and Texas Sings. He has directed numerous honor choirs including all state choirs in Alaska, Arkansas, Connecticut, Kentucky, New Mexico, Oklahoma and South Carolina. He has directed ACDA Honors Choirs including the 2008 SWACDA 8-10 Boys Honor Choir in Kansas City. His choirs have performed nine times for TMEA, SWACDA and National ACDA Conventions and have made three European tours. A native of Sikeston, MO, McGill graduated from William Jewell College and received his master's degree from Arizona State University.

In 2014, McGill received theChoral Excellence Award from the Texas Choral Directors Association, based on his contributions to choral music in Texas, mentorship and inspiration to colleagues and students, and continued advocacy for the future of choral singing.

Stuck in the
(Middle School) Choir
With You

Course Code TBD

Instructor
Stan McGill
smcgill@vandercook.edu

3 Graduate Credits

Tuition
$1,065, due in full with registration

Chat Sessions
TBD

Prerequisites
None

Required Text(s)
None

Software/Hardware Requirements
Internet access is required.

MECA Online
is powered by Schoology

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

Fall 2021 MECA courses officially begin on Monday, Sept. 20. 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 Sept. 20, 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-January. 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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