6237 Mission, Vision & Values: The High School Band

From curriculum design and repertoire selection to organization and communication, building and maintaining a successful music program requires a number of elements working in harmony. This course focuses on discussing the most effective and respected ways to communicate and collaborate with all stakeholders involved in developing a successful high school music program. Topics include the best ways to build trust, develop a unified vision, reinforce philosophical values, and build a student-centered program. Best practices in band curriculum and repertoire selection will also be examined. These elements will explored through class dialogue and conversations with guest administrators, parents, colleagues, composers and professional educators.

Instructors: Victor Anderson, Glen Schneider, Charles "Chip" Staley & Guests



Victor Anderson teaches Instrumental Music at Yorkville High School and serves as Music Department Chair for Yorkville Community Unit School District #115. Previous positions include Jacobs High School (Algonquin, Illinois), Galesburg School District #205 (Galesburg, Illinois), and Community Unit School District #201 (Aledo, Illinois). Under Mr. Anderson’s direction, the Yorkville High School Wind Ensemble has performed at The University of Illinois SuperState Concert Band Festival, earning the “Honor Band” distinction in 2012 and 2014. In 2013, the ensemble had their debut performance at Orchestra Hall in Chicago. In 2016,the ensemble was featured as a “Showcase Band” at the annual Western Illinois University Showcase of Bands Festival. Most recently, the ensemble performed a concert at the 2017 Illinois Music Educator's Conference. The Yorkville High School Wind Ensemble works regularly with world-renowned performers, clinicians, conductors, and composers.

Mr. Anderson received his Bachelors of Music Education from Illinois Wesleyan University, his Masters of Music Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and completed administrative certification through Aurora University. In the 2015 December edition of School Band & Orchestra Magazine, Mr. Anderson was named the Illinois recipient of “50 Directors Who Make A Difference”. Mr. Anderson is a 2016 recipient of the Quinlan & Fabish Chicagoland Outstanding Music Educator Award. Mr. Anderson is also a 2017 & 2018 Music Educator Grammy Award nominee. Mr. Anderson performs regularly with The Vern Spevak Big Band and Rick Falato’s Yorkville Big Band. In the summer months, Mr. Anderson conducts the Yorkville Community Band and Batavia Community Band. Victor currently resides in North Aurora, Illinois, with his wife, Alison and three children, Emilia, Michael, and Benjamin.


glen_schneider_headshotGlen Schneider is a faculty member at Metea Valley High School in Aurora, Illinois, where he teaches band. He also directs the Metea Valley Symphony Orchestra, Marching Mustangs, Pep Band, MV Jazz Orchestra, and serves as the music department faculty PLC Leader. Mr. 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 in Music Education from Duquesne University, Master of Music Education from VanderCook College of Music, and Master of Arts in Educational Technology, from Concordia University. Mr. Schneider has conducted the IMEA Junior and Senior jazz ensembles, the Western Sun Conference Honor Band, and has presented clinic sessions at the Illinois Music Education Conference, Illinois Percussive Arts Society, VanderCook College of Music, and has authored review articles for the Music Educator’s Journal and Teaching Music. He has served in positions for the Fox Valley Music Festival, IMEA District IX, VanderCook College Alumni Board, 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. 



Charles "Chip" Staley began his teaching career at Eisenhower H. S. in Blue Island, Illinois. Staley recently retired from public school teaching after 30 years in District 204 in Naperville, where he served as the Fine Arts Chair first at Waubonsie Valley and then at Neuqua Valley High School. Over his career, Staley taught Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra and Musical Theater Orchestra. Under his guidance, the Neuqua Valley Fine Arts Department was awarded the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts National Schools of Distinction in Arts Education Award. Neuqua Valley has been honored by the GRAMMY®Foundation seven times with GRAMMY®Gold status, and was twice recognized as the GRAMMY®National Signature School.

Staley’s bands and orchestras have performed at the Midwest Clinic, Chicago’s Symphony Center, University of Illinois’s Krannert Hall and at concert venues in China, England, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Spain, Hungary and the Czech Republic.

Staley is the recipient of the John Paynter Lifetime Achievement Award, the Mary Hoffman Excellence in Teaching Award, the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra's Music Inspiration Award, and the John Philip Sousa Foundation’s Sudler Flag of Honor. Staley is a member of the Illinois Music Educators Association Assessment Committee and is an advisor for the Illinois State Board of Education. Staley is a National Board certified teacher holding degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Illinois.


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6237 Mission, Vision & Values: The High School Band

Dates: July10-14
Graduate Credits: 3
Tuition: $990, due in full with registration
Location: VCM - TBD
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