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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. 

Spring 2018 Courses

Spring 2018 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
EDUC 221 - 01 Teach Techniques for Woodwind - - - R - - - 1715 - 1915 BEC 111

Days of Week:

- - - R - - -

Time of Day:

1715 - 1915

Location:

BEC 111

Course Registration Number:

22295 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

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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GMUS 840 - 01 Philosophical Foundations - - - - - - - -

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- - - - - - -

Time of Day:

-

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Course Registration Number:

22918 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

3 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Douglas C. Orzolek

Application of philosophical theory to practical issues and problems facing the field of arts education. One of the primary goals of the course is the development of a personal philosophy of arts education. Topics include art and feeling, the creative process, aesthetic meaning, aesthetic experience, musical meaning and experiences in arts education. Please note that the primary artistic area explored will be music.

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GMUS 842 - 01 Psychological Foundations - - - - - - - -

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- - - - - - -

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-

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Course Registration Number:

22722 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

3 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Douglas C. Orzolek

This course explores the cognitive foundations of music. The course will examine the full range of physical, psychophysical, and cognitive mechanisms that lead to musical experience. The course begins with the physics of musical instruments and the physical qualities of musical pitch. This leads to the psychophysics of hearing and why some sounds are experienced as consonant and others as dissonant. The course will then turn to perceptual organization and develop the sense in which music is an emergent phenomenon. Finally we examine the structures in working memory that allow individual pitch events to be organized into musical expressions. Along the way we will look at the general principles that govern the structure of music and also investigate the extent to which other species understand and hear music as music. The course will also include a deep analysis of musical expectancy in terms of fractal structure and dynamic systems.

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GMUS 890 - 07 MA Project - Orzolek - - - - - - - -

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- - - - - - -

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-

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Course Registration Number:

21231 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

1 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Douglas C. Orzolek

Required for all students completing GMUS 876 thesis work and filing for graduation.

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MUSC 231 - 01 Intro to Conducting I M - - - - - - 0935 - 1040 BEC 120

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M - - - - - -

Time of Day:

0935 - 1040

Location:

BEC 120

Course Registration Number:

21502 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

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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MUSC 420 - 02 Senior Research Paper - - - - - - - -

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- - - - - - -

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-

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Course Registration Number:

23027 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

2 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Douglas C. Orzolek

This course allows music students to demonstrate research and writing skills by utilizing standard music resources (Music Index, RILM, Grove, Baker's, etc.). The paper may contain theoretical analysis, and/or it may be connected to the student's performance area or degree focus. Prerequisite: MUSC 412

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MUSN 185 - 01 Symphonic Band - T - R - - - 1525 - 1700 BEC 120

Days of Week:

- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

1525 - 1700

Location:

BEC 120

Course Registration Number:

20191 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

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

Days of Week:

- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

1525 - 1700

Location:

BEC 120

Course Registration Number:

21183 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

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

Days of Week:

M - W - F - -

Time of Day:

1055 - 1245

Location:

BEC LL03

Course Registration Number:

20250 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

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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Summer 2018 Courses

Summer 2018 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
GMUS 544 - 05 Comp Musicianship - Inst Mu Ed M T W R F - - 0900 - 1200 BEC 110

Days of Week:

M T W R F - -

Time of Day:

0900 - 1200

Location:

BEC 110

Course Registration Number:

30082 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

1 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Douglas C. Orzolek

The subject matter of these courses will vary from year to year, but will not duplicate existing courses. Descriptions of these courses are available at www.stthomas.edu/music/courses/graduate.

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GMUS 601 - 01 Teaching & Learning - T - R - - - 1800 - 2130 BEC 111

Days of Week:

- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

1800 - 2130

Location:

BEC 111

Course Registration Number:

30137 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

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 M - W - - - - 1800 - 2130 BEC

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M - W - - - -

Time of Day:

1800 - 2130

Location:

BEC

Course Registration Number:

30494 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

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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Fall 2018 Courses

Fall 2018 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
EDUC 220 - 01 Teach Tech for Percussion - T - R - - - 1715 - 1815 BEC 120

Days of Week:

- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

1715 - 1815

Location:

BEC 120

Course Registration Number:

42555 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

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 percussion instruments which include proper technique, tone production, intonation, articulation, posture, and 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 and other equipment appropriate for elementary and secondary instrumental pupils. Offered fall of even years.

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EDUC 418 - 01 Choral/Instrument Mus Methods See Details * *

Days of Week:

See Details

Time of Day:

*

Location:

*

Course Registration Number:

42573 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

2 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Douglas C. Orzolek

Contemporary music pedagogy for children in grades 9-12. Examination of goals, objectives, diverse music repertoire, spiral curriculum content and skill development, strategies, materials, and methods. Study of learning styles, developmental stages, and culturally sensitive materials. Designing lessons and classroom environments for effective music teaching and learning. Techniques for classroom management and discipline. National and state standards for music education relative to grades 9-12 music curricula. Emphasis on artistic teaching. Instrument lab meets one hour per week: advanced electronic applications, advanced arranging, non-traditional ensembles. Offered fall of even years.

Schedule Details

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BEC 1101815-1955- T - - - - -
BEC 1111815-1955- T - - - - -
MUSC 354 - 01 Adv Conducting: Instrumental - - - R - - - 1815 - 2015 BEC 111

Days of Week:

- - - R - - -

Time of Day:

1815 - 2015

Location:

BEC 111

Course Registration Number:

41726 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

2 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Douglas C. Orzolek

Advanced Conducting and Materials: Instrumental Concentration : Continuation of Introduction to Conducting I and II. Study of advanced conducting patterns and refined expressive gestures. Survey of orchestral and band literature and in-depth study of selected pieces. Rehearsal planning, rehearsal techniques, and classroom management. Offered fall semester of even years. Prerequisites: MUSC 231.

Schedule Details

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MUSN 185 - 01 Symphonic Band - T - R - - - 1525 - 1700 BEC 120

Days of Week:

- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

1525 - 1700

Location:

BEC 120

Course Registration Number:

40250 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

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.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
MUSN 185 - 02 Symphonic Band - T - R - - - 1525 - 1700 BEC 120

Days of Week:

- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

1525 - 1700

Location:

BEC 120

Course Registration Number:

41178 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

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.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)