7605 ChoIr or ChorUS? Who do YOU Teach?


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In the rush to prepare for concerts, rehearsal goals often conflict with the equally important task of creating literate and independent musicians. Rehearsal procedures are usually designed for large/group outcomes while state and national standards are designed for individual outcomes. Discover new insights to help you use repertoire and teaching tools to guide your students to higher levels of personal musicianship. The course will focus on research-based rehearsal strategies that enhance individual literacy and musicianship skills; real-world approaches for real-skills outcomes; and interesting and efficient strategies to transfer skills from rehearsal to performance.

Instructors: Dr. Robert L. Sinclair & Brett Nolker

Robert L. Sinclair has served VanderCook College of Music as Director of Choral Activities since 2001.  His educational background includes three years at Luther College where he sang in the Nordic Choir under the direction of Weston Noble.  After transferring to Sam Houston State University, he completed his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Music degrees with B. R. Henson.  In December of 2000, Sinclair completed a Ph. D. in Curriculum and Instruction (Music Education) at the University of MissouriColumbia where he worked with Drs. David Rayl and Wendy Sims.
Dr. Sinclair has ten years of public school teaching experience and continues to work as an active choral clinician and adjudicator for junior high and high school students from across the nation and abroad including honor choirs in Japan and the Bahamas. Sinclair has presented sessions on conducting and educational pedagogy to the Music Educators Association in Texas, Illinois, Missouri, and Ohio, the Illinois Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), as well as the Central, Southwestern and Southern Divisions of ACDA. In January of 2010, he served as guest conductor for the Illinois All State Choir in Peoria. 
He is an active member of ACDA, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Music Fraternity, Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honors Fraternity, and the National Association for Music Education (NAfME).  He currently serves the Central Division of ACDA as Repertoire and Standards Chair for Youth and Student Activities.
Brett Nolker is an associate professor of Music Education, specializing in choral and secondary-level general music education. Prior to joining the faculty at UNCG, Dr. Nolker served as the Director of Music Education and conductor of the Collegiate Chorale and Jenny Lind Women's Ensemble at Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois. Dr. Nolker has also held the position of Director of Music at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri, where he was music director for the Festival Choir of the Winston Churchill Memorial and St. Mary Aldermansbury Chapel. He is active in music education research, with areas of interest including music teacher development, and promoting music reading skills for the choral ensemble. Active in Professional organizations such as the American Choral Directors Association and MENC: the National Association for Music Education, he is presently serving as Teacher Education Chair for the North Carolina Music Educators Association. His frequent workshops and teacher development presentations include serving on faculty for the Music Education Centers of America at VanderCook College of Music in Chicago, Illinois. Dr. Nolker has taught instrumental and vocal music in the public schools of Colorado and Missouri and appears frequently as a guest conductor, clinician, and festival adjudicator. He holds degrees from Central Methodist College, Fayette, Missouri, The Wichita State University in Wichita, Kansas and the PhD in Music Education from the University of Missouri-Columbia.


2021 Humanity in Music Education Conference Details


In-person registration fee:
Early bird prior to July 1: $150
After July 1 and on-site: $200

Registration forms coming soon!

Registration includes continental breakfast for both days and cocktail hour.

College students: $50

For 1 graduate credit: $150

Remote fee: $100

Accommodation details coming soon!


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Course Information

7605 ChoIr or ChorUS? Who do You Teach?

3 graduate credits
Tuition: $930, due in full with registration.


VanderCook Online is powered by Schoology ( 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.
Classes this spring term officially begin on Monday, February 4, 2019. The week prior to the Spring 2019 term start date, we will be adding you as a new Schoology user. Be on the lookout for an email from or with log-in instructions between January 28th and February 3rd. Once you are given credentials, simply visit to login. On the morning of February 4th, 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.
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!
Courses are scheduled for 13 weeks, with one week (March 18-24, 2019) being a designated week off for Spring Break. The Spring Online Term ends Sunday, May 5, 2019.

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