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It's All In The Planning


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Concerts and performances are some of the most fundamental and important elements of your job as a music educator. They provide an opportunity to showcase your students’ talents and musicianship to parents, administrators and the local community. Choosing the right music and teaching activities takes careful planning and preparation. This course details planning an entire concert cycle, including repertoire selection, score analysis, teaching activities, and lesson planning. Additional coursework will focus on designing lessons and activities that complement the music to provide a deeper learning experience for your students. At the end of this course, participants will have a fully planned concert, complete with supplemental teaching activities and customized warm-up exercises. 

Instructors: Keith Ozsvath & Bill Rank


Keith Ozsvath has been sharing his lifelong passion for music with the students at Rotolo Middle School in Batavia, IL, a three-time NAMM Best Community for Music Education, since 2000. Ozsvath currently leads the Symphonic Band, Eighth Grade Band, and Jazz Ensemble, while finding unique ways to integrate technology to enhance his students’ learning. He extends his combined love of music and teaching beyond the walls of his classroom as an active clinician. His website, Teaching Band & More, provides music educators with practical ideas and expertise to improve their teaching. Ozsvath has presented numerous professional development sessions for music educators at the Midwest Clinic, the Virginia Music Educators Association, the Illinois Music Educators Conference, the Association of Middle Level Educators, and VanderCook College of Music. His dedication to teaching has been recognized with the Chicagoland Outstanding Music Educator award in 2015, and twice by Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers. In 2017, Ozsvath was honored with an Exemplary Educator Award from the Batavia CANDO parent organization. Most recently, he was inducted to the Nazareth Academy Fine Arts Hall of Fame (his high school alma mater) in 2018. He has had the distinguished honor of being an Illinois Summer Youth Music conductor at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana, and is the co-founder and coordinator for the Middle School Concert Band Camp at the Music for All Summer Symposium held at Ball State University.  


William Rank has been band director at Oak Prairie Junior High School since 2005. Rank conducts the Oak Prairie 7th and 8th Grade Concert Band, 6th Grade Concert Band, Jazz Band and several extra-curricular ensembles in addition to teaching general music classes in music technology. Prior to teaching at Oak Prairie, Rank taught for four years at Scullen Middle School in Naperville. His ensembles have consistently received excellent ratings at local and state festivals. In 2011, the Oak Prairie Jazz Band performed at the Illinois Music Educators Association All-State Conference. The following December, the Oak Prairie Jazz Band assisted José Diaz, J. Richard Dunscomb and Tony Garcia as a rehearsal lab band at the Midwest Clinic in Chicago.


Rank received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in instrumental music education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He was awarded the Chicagoland Outstanding Music Educator Award and is currently on the leadership committee for the Illinois Comprehensive Musicianship through Performance Project. As a freelance saxophonist, Rank has performed at the World Saxophone Congress and received an Outstanding Soloist Award at the North Texas Jazz Festival. He is an active member in the Illinois Music Educators Association, Illinois Grade School Music Association, National Band Association, and the University of Illinois Alumni Association, and currently performs with the Brass Tracks Jazz Orchestra.


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It's All In The Planning

Instructors: Keith Oszvath & Bill Rank

3 Graduate Credits
Tuition: $1,020. tuition due in full at registration    
Course Code: 6078
Dates: July 9-13 , 2018
Location: VanderCook College of Music
3140 S. Federal St. Chicago IL 60616
Room: TBD
Prerequisites: None
Required text(s): VanderCook will provide all text(s).


VanderCook College of Music

3140 South Federal Street
Chicago, IL 60616-3731
(312) 225-6288

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