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6205 Planning, Rehearsing, & Performing with the High School Band


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This hybrid online/on-campus course is designed to help directors continue improving their score preparation and rehearsal effectiveness, ultimately leading to stronger performances with better-prepared students. The class will feature two visiting high school bands, each of which will serve as a laboratory ensemble performing two or three selections, followed by a rehearsal/clinic session. Materials prepared in advance by class students may be used as part of the clinic session. Students will observe and record techniques used in the process for post-clinic class discussion.Two online components of the class will be conducted, one prior to March 7 and one following the on-campus meeting, and will focus on planning and assessment, respectively.
Required materials: Students will be provided score titles and will be required to secure them for use throughout the course.


Instructor: Dr. Charles T. Menghini


Charles T. Menghini is President, Professor of Music and Director of Bands at VanderCook College of Music in Chicago, Illinois. Prior to his appointment as President in August of 2004, Charlie served as Dean of Undergraduate Studies and Director of Bands. He began his teaching at VanderCook College in 1994 and his teaching has included conducting, organization and administration, curriculum and supervision, brass methods and rehearsal techniques classes. 
Charles Menghini has written for professional journals and magazines including the “Instrumentalist” where he serves as a member of the Board of Advisors. He is also co-author of the Essential Elements 2000 Band Method, published by the Hal Leonard Corporation.
Charlie frequently serves as a clinician and adjudicator throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia and New Zealand, and has actively worked with over 350 school and community ensembles from 20 states as well as Canada, Japan, Southeast Asia and Australia. He has conducted all –state ensembles in Wisconsin, North Dakota, Georgia, South Carolina, Nebraska, New York, Virginia, and Minnesota, and has presented numerous clinics at the Midwest Clinic in Chicago and state and regional music educators in-services throughout the world.
Menghini is a Lowell Mason Fellow and is a member of the American Bandmasters Association, College Band Directors National Association, the National Band Association, National Association for Music Education, and Phi Beta Mu. He was inducted into the Alpha Psi Chapter of Pi Kappa Lambda National Honor Society for Music - the highest honor a conservatory faculty can bestow on a student in recognition of outstanding musicianship and scholarly achievement, and is an honorary member of the Xi Kappa (VanderCook College) Chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.
Charlie is an educational consultant for the Hal Leonard Corporation of Milwaukee, WI, and is an educational member of the Music Achievement Council of the NAMM Foundation.  An active performer, Charlie played lead trumpet in the Kansas City Chiefs Professional Football Band for fifteen seasons.
Menghini is a member of the Rotary Club of Chicago Near South and is a Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow.  He is past President of the First Friday Club of Chicago and is the official trumpeter for the City Club of Chicago.


Course Information

6205 Planning, Rehearsing, & Performing with the High School Band
1 graduate credit
Online sessions: March 2-6, 9-21
On-campus meeting: March 7, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Tuition: $310, due in full with registration
Location: VanderCook, Room Q120

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Saturday classes are generally held from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Two 15-minute breaks and one 30-minute lunch break are scheduled.
Sunday classes are generally held from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., with one 15-minute break scheduled. Individual schedules and break times may vary per individual instructor.
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