From Here To There:
Planning Seamless Transitions in the First Steps Workout

John Crever & Deborah Skydell-Pasternack
Conference C

Ever feel like you have the class in the palm of your hand until it falls apart the moment you switch activities? You may be missing great transitions! Transitions between the steps of a First Steps in Music workout enable learning that feels effortless for the children. Transitions are critical to a well-designed lesson plan, and they can be interesting, enjoyable, and Artful in both conception and practice. Join FAME teacher trainer John Crever and The Singing Classroom founder Deborah Skydell Pasternack as they demonstrate how to guide students’ imaginations seamlessly throughout your lesson.

Participants will be able to utilize a set of questions and techniques that will enable the them to effectively plan seamless transitions between topics and activities in their own lessons.

John Crever

John Crever is a driven educator with more than 25 years of music instructional, production, management and community organizing experience. His ability to connect with students and teachers of diverse socio-economic and cultural backgrounds has enabled him to successfully teach general music and choir in communities ranging from those ravaged by urban blight, to suburban private settings, to overseas students in the international school system in the Arabian Gulf. Throughout, he has carried his love of Kodaly education from Westminster Choir College (’93, ’96) to these diverse venues. Most recently, he has championed the need for quality vocal general music education in Portland, Oregon.
John Crever is a FAME Endorsed Teacher Trainer for Conversational Solfege Level 1 & 2. He began the transition from a traditional Kodaly to a Feierabend instructor in 2008; a move that brought joy and satisfaction to him and countless students in the inner city and beyond. In addition to his own classroom work, he has led workshops for teachers, bringing the Feierabend curricula to inner city children across the district, and offering instructors quality techniques for imparting their own love of music through active learning in song and movement. John lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife and three girls, where he teaches general vocal music to children 4-14.

Deborah Skydell-Pasternack

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