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First Steps in Music in Action

First Steps in Music in Action
Stephanie Schall-Brazee
Sunday, July 27th  – 9:45 – 10:45 AM – Session I

It is not enough to know the curriculum; a teacher must also be able to deliver it.   In this session, participants will observe quality teaching of the eight-part curriculum from a certified First Steps Teacher Trainer. In addition to observing the curriculum in action, participants will also observe: good classroom management techniques, seamless transitions between activities, how to elicit solo responses from children, a quality singing voice model, how to present the curriculum in an artistic manner, and how to create a joyful learning environment. This session, taught by a certified Teacher Trainer, will be a demonstration of the First Steps in Music curriculum. Participants will observe a thirty minute video of Stephanie’s own kindergarten students to see an example of what kindergarten children are really capable of behaviorally, musically, and artistically on their journey towards being tuneful, beatful and artful. Following the demonstration, participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and engage in discussion with the presenter.


Stephanie Schall-BrazeeStephanie Schall-Brazee is an elementary music teacher for the Traverse City Area Public Schools where she also directs the high school select Women’s Choir, Bella Voce. As a choral director, Stephanie’s choirs have consistently earned first degree ratings at festivals, and have been invited to perform at the Michigan Music Conference in Grand Rapids, MI. In addition to her public school teaching, Stephanie is also on the faculty of the Northwestern Michigan College Children’s Choirs where she directs the Lyric and Prelude Choirs. Stephanie’s training includes a Bachelor of Music Education Degree from Central Michigan University and a Master of Music Education Degree from the Hartt School, where she was a graduate assistant to Dr. John Feierabend. In addition to her teaching, Stephanie has served as a clinician presenting sessions on “Singing Development in Young Children,” “Music and Movement in Preschool” and “Conversational Solfege.” She is an endorsed Teacher Trainer for First Steps in Music.