Successful music programs display excellent student engagement and long-term student retention. These programs have specific components in place to promote excellent musicianship and the ability to articulate the benefits of long-term music making. This course equips you to effectively strengthen program philosophy, advocacy, classroom engagement, and communication between teachers and students. Learn new and exciting ways to engage with students, parents and the community through assessment of peer-reviewed articles, professional resources and sharing/discussion within each class. You’ll design a portfolio of practical tools that can be custom tailored to your school/teaching assignment and promote long-term music education. You'll also design lessons and activities that promote student engagement in the classroom, learn planning and technology strategies to create long-term enrollment and musicianship goals, and set up systems to track results.
  • Plan specific events and incorporate specific instructional strategies to engage students in the music program. Participants will create an action plan for improving their current program by using ideas learned in the course through assignments, discussions and research.


Glen Schneider teaches band at Metea Valley High School in Aurora, IL, and directs the Metea Valley Symphony Orchestra, Marching Mustangs, Pep Band, 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, PA, 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, Illinois Percussive Arts Society and VanderCook College of Music. 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 the TeachHUB "Making A Difference" Award. 

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