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The Midwest Clinic offers engaging professional development opportunities for band and orchestra directors around the globe. Graduate credit may be earned through VanderCook College of Music, which can be used for lane changes, recertification, or as elective credit toward VanderCook’s Master of Music Education degree.

For high school students, college students seeking licensure, or professional educators interested in graduate programs, there is also our College Night, which provides students and teachers alike the opportunity to visit with music school representatives of eighty of the nation's leading colleges, universities and branches of the United States Military.

Finally, attendees can also track their professional development hours by having their badges scanned at the start of clinics and concerts.  Please note, only Professional and College Student registration types are eligible to receive a "Certificate of Participation" listing the events they have attended and the number of professional development hours they have completed.   

College Credit - VanderCook College of Music

Make the most of your experience at The Midwest Clinic, International Band and Orchestra Conference! Earn one semester hour of graduate credit by attending clinic sessions and concerts at McCormick Place West, located at 2301 S. Lake Shore Drive, December 20 - 22, 2023.

Special tuition pricing! As co-founder of The Midwest Clinic, VanderCook is able to offer special pricing for MECA students. A notebook summarizing and critiquing all sessions and concerts attended, including copies of all handouts, concert programs and other supporting materials, must be submitted no later than January 19, 2024.

Course requirements:

1. All registrations must be completed and received with full tuition payment by December 20, 2023. VanderCook accepts phone and fax registrations with Visa, Discover or MasterCard payment information. On-site registrants may also pay with cash or a check written out to VanderCook College of Music.

2. Students must attend 12.5 clock hours of concerts, clinics and/or lectures for one semester hour of credit.

3. Students will receive access to Schoology, VanderCook's online learning platform, on Wednesday morning, December 20, 2023. Students must submit written responses summarizing and critiquing all sessions and concerts attended. PDFs of all handouts, concert programs and other supporting materials must also be submitted with assignments.

4. All discussions and uploads must be completed and uploaded into Schoology by January 19, 2024.
The Midwest Experience: A Retrospective
1 graduate credit - Tuition: $175 (#7733)

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Joe Koppel, MECA Coordinator
VanderCook College of Music
3140 S. Federal Street
Chicago, IL 60616-3731
(312) 788-1145 direct
(312) 225-5211 fax

[email protected]