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Orzolek, Douglas C.

Associate Professor of Music, Director of Graduate Programs in Music Education, Associate Director of Bands, Advisor for Music Education, Symphonic Band
Degree
Ph.D. University of Minnesota
Office
Brady Educational Center 112B
Phone
(651) 962-5878
Toll Free
(800) 328-6819, Ext. 2-5878
Mail
University of St. Thomas
2115 Summit Ave., BEC 5
St. Paul, MN 55105

Douglas C. Orzolek, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Music Education, Director of the Graduate Programs in Music Education, and the Associate Director of Bands at the University of St. Thomas in Saint Paul, Minnesota. At St. Thomas, Dr. Orzolek teaches music education methods and techniques, conducts the Symphonic Band, and teaches musical acoustics, music literature and conducting. He also teaches core classes, courses related to instrumental music education and advises papers in both the master’s and doctoral level programs. 

Prior to his time at UST, he taught instrumental and general music at Vestal High School in Vestal, New York and was the Director of Bands at Thomas Jefferson High School in Bloomington, Minnesota. He received the Bachelor of Music in Music Education degree from Mansfield University of Pennsylvania, the Master of Education in Music Education degree from Penn State University, and the Doctor of Philosophy in Music Education degree from the University of Minnesota. His dissertation on conducting pedagogy was nominated for the "Outstanding Dissertation in Music Education" Award and has been published by the American Bandmaster's Association in the Journal of Band Research.

Dr. Orzolek is a Past-President of the Minnesota Music Educators Association as well as a former MMEA Advocacy Chair. He has also served on the Board of Directors of the Minnesota Band Directors Association, the co-chair of the Minnesota Arts Education Standards Revision Committee and several other committees related to music education and teacher preparation. Nationally, he is a past chair of the Society for Music Teacher Education, was the local chair for the 2004 NAfME/MENC National Conference and he currently serves on the editorial committee of UPDATE. He has represented Minnesota on several national committees as well as at several national conferences.

His thoughts and ideas have been published in the Journal of Band Research, WASBE Research Journal, Contributions to Music Education, Journal of Music Teacher Education, Research and Issues in Music Education, Music Educators Journal, Teaching Music, Interval, General Music Today and School Band and Orchestra Magazine. His publications also include several book chapters on assessment, the status of research in music teacher education and secondary general music education including The Oxford Handbook of Assessment Policy and Practice in Music Education.He has made presentations at the NAfME National Conference, the Center of Applied Research in Musical Understanding, the Midwest International Band and Orchestra International Clinic, the CBDNA National Conference, and the International Symposium on Assessment in Music Education. He has also been a guest conductor for state, regional and conference honor band festivals and he continues to serve as a curriculum consultant to several schools and districts. 

Dr. Orzolek was named to the Minnesota Music Educators’ Association Hall of Fame in 2014 and the Thomas Jefferson High School Fine Arts Hall of Fame in 2016. He was named to the Mansfield University Music Alumni Honor Roll in 2002 and received the Mansfield University "Distinguished Young Alumni" Award in 2001. In 2003, the students of St. Thomas named him the “Distinguished Educator of the Year and he received the Minnesota ASBDA Distinguished Band Directors Award for 1999-2000. He is a member of several honorary music organizations including: Phi Beta Mu, Pi Kappa Lambda, Kappa Kappa Psi, Tau Beta Sigma and the Evergreen Club. 

Fall 2017 Courses

Fall 2017 Courses
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EDUC 218 - 01 Teach Tech for Brass Inst - - - R - - - 1715 - 1915 BEC 111
CRN: 42489 2 Credit Hours Instructor: Douglas C. Orzolek This course will acquaint the prospective music teacher with the basic knowledge and skills of performance pedagogy of brass instruments which include proper embouchure, tone production, intonation, breathing, articulation, posture, and fingering patterns. Students will become familiar with the construction and operation of these instruments and be able to make minor repairs. The students will gain knowledge of representative beginning through grade 12 solo and ensemble repertoire from diverse periods and become acquainted with instructional materials for beginning, intermediate, and advance levels of students. Students will learn how to select instruments, mouthpieces, and other equipment appropriate for elementary and secondary instrumental pupils. Offered fall of odd years.

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GMUS 601 - 01 Teaching & Learning M - - - - - - 1800 - 2100 BEC 111
CRN: 42477 3 Credit Hours Instructor: Douglas C. Orzolek Comprehensive overview of learning theories, instructional theories and implications for the teaching of music to children in grades K-12. Applications of principles and concepts inherent in theories to the teaching and learning of music.

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GMUS 841 - 01 Curriculum Development-Dir Stu M - - - - - - 1700 - 1800 BEC
CRN: 43359 3 Credit Hours Instructor: Douglas C. Orzolek Curriculum development and evaluation in music education raises fundamental questions about the purposes and characteristics of music programs in school settings. Curriculum as a field of study often draws upon closely related foundational disciplines - history, philosophy, psychology, sociology, and educational policy studies - to examine what is taught and learned in music classrooms. We will also draw upon these fields to understand contemporary curriculum theory and practice, as well as to examine educational policies and their impact on music programs, particularly in this climate of school reform. Students will analyze and critique available curricular models, and design comprehensive programs to foster students' musical growth. Please note that the primary artistic area explored will be music.

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MUSC 340 - 01 Theory Elective: Topics - - - - - - - -
CRN: 43549 2 Credit Hours Instructor: Douglas C. Orzolek

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MUSN 185 - 01 Symphonic Band - T - R - - - 1525 - 1700 BEC 120
CRN: 40212 1 Credit Hours Instructor: Douglas C. Orzolek Study and performance of original works for wind-band; transcriptions, manuscripts, and solo repertoire with band accompaniment. Two rehearsals per week; regular series of concerts, tours. Private lessons recommended. Membership by audition. Four semesters of participation or a combination with MUSN 186 fulfills the Fine Arts requirement in the core curriculum.

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MUSN 185 - 02 Symphonic Band - T - R - - - 1525 - 1700 BEC 120
CRN: 41246 0 Credit Hours Instructor: Douglas C. Orzolek Study and performance of original works for wind-band; transcriptions, manuscripts, and solo repertoire with band accompaniment. Two rehearsals per week; regular series of concerts, tours. Private lessons recommended. Membership by audition. Four semesters of participation or a combination with MUSN 186 fulfills the Fine Arts requirement in the core curriculum.

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TEGR 677 - 01 Independent Stdy: Tchr Ed - - - - - - - -
CRN: 43466 Instructor: Amy F. Smith, Douglas C. Orzolek

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J-Term 2018 Courses

J-Term 2018 Courses
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Spring 2018 Courses

Spring 2018 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
EDUC 221 - 01 Teach Techniques for Woodwind - - - R - - - 1715 - 1915 BEC 111
CRN: 22295 2 Credit Hours Instructor: Douglas C. Orzolek This course will acquaint the prospective instrumental music teacher with the basic knowledge and skills of performance pedagogy of woodwind instruments that include proper embouchure, tone production, intonation, breathing, articulation, posture, and fingering patterns. Students will become familiar with the construction and operation of these instruments and be able to make minor repairs. The students will gain knowledge of representative beginning through grade 12 solo and ensemble repertoire from diverse periods and become acquainted with instructional materials for beginning, intermediate, and advance levels of students. Students will learn how to select instruments, mouthpieces, and other equipment appropriate for elementary and secondary instrumental pupils. Offered spring of even years.

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MUSC 231 - 01 Intro to Conducting I M - - - - - - 0935 - 1040 BEC 120
CRN: 21502 1 Credit Hours Instructor: Douglas C. Orzolek This course includes basic conducting patterns and gestures, general knowledge of score types (choral, band, orchestral, etc.), score study and basic rehearsal planning. Practice in conducting small ensembles will be provided.

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MUSN 185 - 01 Symphonic Band - T - R - - - 1525 - 1700 BEC 120
CRN: 20191 1 Credit Hours Instructor: Douglas C. Orzolek Study and performance of original works for wind-band; transcriptions, manuscripts, and solo repertoire with band accompaniment. Two rehearsals per week; regular series of concerts, tours. Private lessons recommended. Membership by audition. Four semesters of participation or a combination with MUSN 186 fulfills the Fine Arts requirement in the core curriculum.

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MUSN 185 - 02 Symphonic Band - T - R - - - 1525 - 1700 BEC 120
CRN: 21183 0 Credit Hours Instructor: Douglas C. Orzolek Study and performance of original works for wind-band; transcriptions, manuscripts, and solo repertoire with band accompaniment. Two rehearsals per week; regular series of concerts, tours. Private lessons recommended. Membership by audition. Four semesters of participation or a combination with MUSN 186 fulfills the Fine Arts requirement in the core curriculum.

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PHYS 105 - 01 Musical Acoustics M - W - F - - 1055 - 1245 BEC LL03
CRN: 20250 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Douglas C. Orzolek, Shelley A. Blilie An introductory course intended for non-science majors; treats fundamental principles of physics and acoustics as they relate to musical sounds and musical instruments. The course consists of lecture, discussion and laboratory. Prerequisites: High school algebra and a music background (one year practice, instrument or voice, or one course)

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