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.

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