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Dr. John Feierabend

Dr. John Feierabend is considered one of the leading authorities on music and movement development in early childhood. He is the inspiration for the founding of FAME.


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New DVD Released! First Steps in Music: In Action

New DVD Released! First Steps in Music: In Action

Dr. Feierabend has published a new DVD called First Steps in Music: In Action. It features master teacher Lillie Feierabend in the classroom teaching a group of children demonstrating the eight-part First Steps in Music curriculum in action! The demonstration spans two general music classes with six-year-olds and includes a wide variety of activities andMore …

Feier-side Chat #6 – An Interview with Katalin Forrai

Feier-side Chat #6 – An Interview with Katalin Forrai

This month we have something special to share with you. Katalin Forrai was a student of Zoltan Kodály and developed the Kindergarten Curriculum for Hungary under Kodály’s guidance. Dr. Feierabend and Ms. Forrai taught together for several summers and many ideas were shared that would later have influence in the development of First Steps inMore …

Register for the 2014 FAME Conference

Register for the 2014 FAME Conference

Registration for the 2014 FAME Summer Conference is now open! Register before May 1st for a discounted registration fee. Conference details and the registration form is available on the FAME Conference page. Once you register, you will receive an Email with hotel and transportation booking information. We hope to see you there!

Feier-side Chat #5 – Conversational Solfege Grab Bag

Feier-side Chat #5 – Conversational Solfege Grab Bag

March’s Feier-side Chat is now posted. We had a lot of varied questions on Conversational Solfege this month, so this our topic for March is: “Conversational Solfege Grab Bag” Among the topics answered are: correct usage of rhythm syllables for half notes and whole notes, why start with three note songs, why use the KeyMore …

Feier-side Chat #4 – Instrumental Uses of Conversational Solfege

Feier-side Chat #4 – Instrumental Uses of Conversational Solfege

February’s Feier-side Chat is now posted. This month’s topic is: “Instrumental Uses of Conversational Solfege” In this chat Dr. Feierabend discusses how Conversational Solfege fits in with the instrumental curriculum, as asked by a FAME member from Massachusetts. Dr. Feierabend discusses how instruments are an extension of our musicality and how Conversational Solfege can beMore …