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The Wonder of Weston Noble


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The Wonder of Weston Noble

This choral symposium will bring together several students and former colleagues of Weston Noble to explore the many facets of Noble's pedagogy of teaching. Topics will include voice placement and seating, balance and blend, principles of diction, shape in music, inclusion, and rehearsal planning and pace.

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Plan more comprehensive understanding of choral pedagogy

  • Implement new pedagogies into one's choral classroom

  • Enjoy a refreshing rejuvenation of one's love for the choral art.

Instructor: Dr. Robert L. Sinclair

f-57-162-9894860_jHz0hfRa_Sinclair.WebpageDr. Robert Sinclair has served VanderCook College of Music as Director of Choral Activities since 2001 and Dean of Graduate Studies since 2016.  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 Missouri-Columbia 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 Australia, the Bahamas, Canada, and Japan as well as all state choirs in Illinois and Wisconsin.  Sinclair has presented sessions to the Music Educators Associations of Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, North Dakota, Ohio, and Texas, the Hawai’i and Illinois Chapters of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), as well as the Southwestern and Southern Divisions of ACDA. 
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.  

Course Details

Instructor: Dr. Robert L. Sinclair
3 Graduate Credits
Full Tuition: $1,020, due in full with registration
Course Code: 6839
Dates: July 15-19, 2019
Location: VanderCook, room TBD
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VanderCook College of Music

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

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