Dr. Charles T. Menghini

Dr. Charles T. Menghini

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President Emeritus
VanderCook College of Music


DR. CHARLES T. MENGHINI is President Emeritus of VanderCook College of Music in Chicago. Menghini served as Professor of Music and Director of Bands from 1994 – 2017. Prior to his appointment at VanderCook, he spent 18 years as a high school band director in Missouri and Kansas where his bands earned national acclaim.

Charlie is a Senior Educational Consultant for Conn-Selmer Inc. and is Co-Author of the Essential Elements Band Method published by Hal Leonard, LLC.A student of Dr. Tim Lautznheiser, Menghini also credits Professors Gary Hill and Gary Green as being important influences in his growth and development.

Menghini is active as a speaker, clinician and conductor around the nation. He frequently presents at state and national music education conferences and works with teachers and school districts in a variety of forums. With degrees in music education, administration and conducting, Dr. Menghini is able to provide advice and counsel on a wide variety of topics and issues.

Charlie continues to write for professional magazines and journals. He played lead trumpet in the Kansas City Chiefs professional football band for many seasons and was also the Official Trumpet Player for the City Club of Chicago.

Especially for Beginning and Middle School Directors


The key to having a successful school band or orchestra program is found in those developmental years. Beginning and Middle School Directors have a different set of problems to address and a different set of decisions to make. This session will offer strategies to address some of the problems and decisions these teachers face.

Music Advocacy: It’s time to toot our own horns


"Music advocacy is the byproduct of good teaching. Learning to celebrate and communicate the success we experience with our students is the key to becoming a strong music advocate. This session will focus on how you can incorporate effective music advocacy techniques and strategies into your daily role as a music teacher. "

Success Through Professionalism


Being a professional is a way of life. It doesn’t matter where you teach or what kind of facilities you have. This session will share ideas and strategies for incorporation into your daily regime or program that will raise the status of your role as teacher and the role of the music program in your school.

The Efficient Director


Time tested tips and things to remember to save time in score study and rehearsals. A virtual methods course in band rehearsal strategies and techniques.

Ways to Better Plan, Teach and Assess Student Learning and Teacher Effectiveness


Teaching is a performing art. There are certain strategies that we need to include and certain actions we need to avoid. As the demand for accountability continues, music teachers will need to show evidence of growth and success in their school music programs. This clinic will provide directors with ideas to implement when planning, delivering or assessing their instruction as well as assessing total student performance.

Trumpet players performing in a concert band.

Strategies For Success: Thoughts For New (and Veteran) Teachers

Learn about 25 things to help ensure your success, growth, and development as a music educator.

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