6267 Innovative Rehearsal Techniques to Boost Artistry, Engagement & Retention

Are you looking for your band or orchestra classes to be fun, interactive and highly engaging, while still being able to teach the fundamentals needed to play high quality repertoire? This class is designed to be 100% fun and 100% practical, and is applicable for all instrumental music teachers, beginning through advanced levels. Learn how to facilitate, teach and plan intriguing and FUN lesson activities that span the full spectrum of fundamental instrument skills to performance repertoire. Participants will simulate ensemble games, creative and informal assessment strategies, improvisational and experimental experiences to learn discriminatory listening, collective-leadership activities (Orpheus Process), and other artistic processes and experiments that enhance the essential habits of musicianship. Teachers will learn to develop and encourage student individuality and spontaneity; making the rehearsal environment more interesting and engaging; innovative ways how to improve tone production, scale and technique facility; rhythm reading and rhythmic confidence; sight-reading; and much more! Participants will be asked to bring instruments and serve as a lab ensemble at times throughout the week. 

Instructors: Glen Schneider & Dr. Carolyn Barber


Glen 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. 




Dr. Carolyn Barber is the Ron and Carol Cope Professor of Music and Director of Bands in the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Glenn Korff School of Music. She earned a B.M. in horn performance at Northwestern University, an M.M. in horn performance from Yale University, and returned to Northwestern to earn her D.M. in conducting as a student of John P. Paynter and Victor Yampolsky. 

 Dr. Barber began her career as a lecturer and assistant to the dean of the Northwestern University School of Music.  Her duties included teaching advanced conducting and directing the university’s 118-piece Concert Band.  Prior to her appointment at UNL, Dr. Barber also served as the director of bands at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Apart from her conducting and teaching at UW-L, Dr. Barber also served for five years as the principal horn of the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra.

 As director of bands at UNL, her teaching assignment is now a hybrid of traditional academic classes and performance-based courses.  This combination provides a rich atmosphere for the cross-pollination of ideas, techniques, and creative problem solving.  Dr. Barber’s chief area of research is conducting practice and pedagogy, with emphasis on group dynamics (flocking and influence), and the development of ensembleship through improvisation, artistic thinking, and a broad, multidisciplinary array of rehearsal techniques. She has demonstrated and elaborated upon her work at venues including the Midwest Clinic, conferences of the College Band Directors National Association, American String Teachers Association, and the National Association for Music Education, state music educators conventions, district training workshops, and masterclass/rehearsal clinics nationwide.

 Dr. Barber has received numerous awards for musical and academic achievement, including the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts Distinguished Teaching Award, a Hixson-Lied Professorship, two National Band Association Citations of Excellence, and a United States Navy Good Conduct Medal. Her writing has been published in the Journal of Band Research, and she is a regular contributor to the Teaching Music Through Performance in Band reference series. In addition to her scholarly activities, Dr. Barber maintains an active schedule as a guest conductor throughout the United States and Canada. She is a member of Phi Beta Mu Honorary Bandmasters Fraternity, state chair and a member of the College Band Directors National Association Research Committee, a peer reviewer for the Journal of the Conductors Guild, Nebraska Music Educators Association College/University Affairs chair, chair of the Nebraska Council for Music Teacher Education, and immediate past president of the Big Ten Band Directors Association.


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6267 Innovative Rehearsal Techniques to Boost Artistry, Engagement & Rentention

Dates: June 19-23
Graduate Credits: 3
Tuition: $990, due in full with registration
Location: VCM - TBD
Register online by Friday, April 14, and save $50 per class!
Register online by Friday, May 19, and save $25 per class!
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