President of VanderCook College, Dr. Charles Menghini, Visits Joliet Central High School Bands as Guest Instructor
October 6, 2016 11:15 AM
Dr. Charles T. Menghini, President and Director of Bands of VanderCook College of Music, visited the Joliet Central High School Bands on September 29th as a guest instructor. He also spent lunch with students to talk about career readiness, audition tips, career options, and what it means to be a music educator.
VanderCook College of Music is the only institution in the United States that focuses exclusively on music teacher education and was one of the three original institutions to offer a degree in instrumental music teacher education in 1928.
Joliet Central clarinetist Ladarius Young said, “It really stood out to me how Dr. Menghini has been teaching for 43 years, and he is still working to improve to this day. He has motivated me to be willing to fail and try again in order to succeed. This has really inspired me to keep pursuing my passion for music through a career in music education.”
Dr. Menghini discussed several career opportunities including becoming a music educator, a performer, a music critic, a businessperson, or a composer.
Joliet Central percussionist Joe Timm said, “I really like the fact that you could tell Dr. Menghini knows what he’s talking about with 43 years of experience. It really makes a difference to hear a first-hand account from a music educator compared to reading about it online.”
As one of the authors of the Essential Elements Band Method, Dr. Menghini also offered several recommendations for high school musicians to improve in their musicianship, such as taking private lessons, tutoring younger musicians, studying music theory, and learning to play by ear.
According to Dr. Menghini, successful music educators love music and people and believe they can make a difference.
Joliet Central French horn player Jasmine Flores said, “I had two take-aways from Dr. Menghini’s visit that will help me as I prepare to become a music educator. First, always be optimistic and keep growing in your career as a musician. The second concept is to work hard in order to earn the right to work harder.”
About the Joliet Central High School Band
In 1912, the Joliet Township Band (later the Joliet Central Band) established the model for high school band programs nationwide. Joliet Central High School is proud to offer the following band opportunities for students: Concert Band, Symphonic Band, the Marching Steelmen, Big Band (Jazz Band), Pep Band, and other opportunities. For more information, please visit www.jolietcentralbands.org.
About VanderCook College of Music
VanderCook College of Music is the only institution in the United States that focuses exclusively on music teacher education and was one of the three original institutions to offer a degree in instrumental music teacher education in 1928. The school is located in Chicago, IL. More information about VanderCook College of Music can be found at http://www.vandercook.edu.
Fun fact: In 1947, H.E. Nutt, then band director of VanderCook College of Music, co-founded the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic, the largest music education conference in the world. Both the VanderCook band and the Joliet Township High School performed at the very first Midwest Clinic.