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Orzolek, Douglas C.

Professor of Music; Director of Graduate Programs in Music Education; Associate Director of Bands; Department of Music Associate Chair
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 a Professor of Music, Director of the Graduate Programs in Music Education, the Associate Director of Bands and the Associate Chair of the Music Department at the University of St. Thomas in Saint Paul, Minnesota. 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 music education programs. 

Dr. Orzolek’s scholarly contributions 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, and General Music Today. 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 several national and international conferences and he has been a guest conductor for state, regional and conference honor band festivals. He also continues to serve as a curriculum consultant to several schools and districts. 

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 2007 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: Applications of Research in Music Education.

Prior to his time at St. Thomas, 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. 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.”

Spring 2019 Courses

Spring 2019 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
GMUS 842 - 01 Psychological Foundations - - - - - - - -

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- - - - - - -

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Course Registration Number:

21810 (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.

Schedule Details

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

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- - - - - - -

Time of Day:

-

Location:

Course Registration Number:

21119 (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.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
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:

21242 (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.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
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:

20178 (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:

21079 (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)
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:

20231 (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 2019 Courses

Summer 2019 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
GMUS 544 - 04 World Music for Instrument Ens M T W R F - - 0900 - 1200 BEC 111

Days of Week:

M T W R F - -

Time of Day:

0900 - 1200

Location:

BEC 111

Course Registration Number:

30060 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

1 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Douglas C. Orzolek, Matthew J. George

World music is often misrepresented in the instrumental music ensemble due to the lack of resources available to educators as well as the problems connected to the authenticity of the existing repertoire and arrangements. This course will explore the theoretical perspectives that can help music educators develop a world-inclusive instrumental music program. It will also offer students the opportunity to discover and contemplate original music for bands and orchestras from all over the world. The goal of the course is to help music educators consider how an inclusive approach to instrumental pedagogy can enrich and expand the opportunities provided by performing and rehearsing global musics.

Schedule Details

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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:

30116 (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.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
GMUS 890 - 07 MA Project - Orzolek - - - - - - - -

Days of Week:

- - - - - - -

Time of Day:

-

Location:

Course Registration Number:

30137 (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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Location Time Day(s)

Fall 2019 Courses

Fall 2019 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
EDUC 218 - 01 Teach Tech for Brass Inst - - - R - - - 1715 - 1915 BEC 111

Days of Week:

- - - R - - -

Time of Day:

1715 - 1915

Location:

BEC 111

Course Registration Number:

42585 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

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.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
GMUS 601 - 01 Teaching & Learning M - - - - - - 1800 - 2130 BEC 111

Days of Week:

M - - - - - -

Time of Day:

1800 - 2130

Location:

BEC 111

Course Registration Number:

42608 (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.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
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:

40189 (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

Days of Week:

- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

1525 - 1700

Location:

Course Registration Number:

43217 (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)