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2018 Board of Directors Election

Below are the candidates for the 2018 FAME Board of Directors elections. Each position is for a two year term. As per the FAME Bylaws, only Active members in good standing may vote.

Please read each candidate’s bio and vote by May 15, 2018.

Vice President

Chris PowersChris Anne Powers, a strong advocate for First Steps In Music and Conversational Solfege, has been teaching as an elementary music specialist in Greenwich, Connecticut since 1995.

Chris received her undergraduate degree in Music Education from The Hartt School, where she had the good fortune of studying with John Feierabend. She holds a Master’s Degree in Education from Sacred Heart University and received her Kodaly Certificate from The Hartt School.

Given her strong commitment to the Feierabend approach, she was a driving force in the adoption of the FS and CS materials as the basis of the Greenwich Public Schools Music Curriculum. Chris created and presented professional development workshops based on the Feierabend approach to facilitate the implementation of the new curriculum.

Chris is honored to be one of the founding members of FAME and recently became an Endorsed Teacher Trainer for FS and CS. As she describes it, without John and the life-changing music philosophy he has created, her career would not have taken the direction that it did – a direction that has given her such personal and professional fulfillment, and that has made a difference in the lives of so many children.


Emily Maurek has been teaching General Music and Chorus for over 20 years and is currently teaching Kindergarten through fourth grade at Bibich and Peifer Elementary Schools with the Lake Central School Corporation in Northwest Indiana, where she utilizes both First Steps and Conversational Solfege. Her Feierabend journey began at Silver Lake College in 2008 and she has since earned FAME Certification and is an Endorsed Teacher Trainer in the First Steps in Music method.

Emily has presented elementary classroom music workshops and research at Indiana Music Educators’ Association conferences and, most recently, she presented First Steps in Music guest lectures at Indiana State and Valparaiso Universities. She graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Music Education from Ball State University and holds a Masters degree in Music Technology from Indiana University. Emily is current working on a local FAME chapter for teachers living and teaching in Northwest Indiana and will teach a week-long First Steps in Music course at Indiana State University in June 2016.

Emily lives in Valparaiso, Indiana with her husband John and their son, Max.

I am honored to be considered for FAME Secretary! To celebrate and share the Feierabend mission with educators around the world is the cornerstone of my teaching career and it would be a true honor to work with the distinguished group of music educators and master teachers that comprise the FAME organization.


Lindsay Jackson is in her 11th year of teaching elementary music and choir and currently teaches at the Shipley School in Bryn Mawr, PA. Lindsay holds a B.M.Ed from Westminster Choir College (2005) and an M.M.Ed from the Hartt School, University of Hartford (2012). While at Hartt, Lindsay served as the graduate assistant for Dr. John Feierabend where she assisted in teaching his undergraduate methods classes.

She is fully certified in Kodály (Levels 1-4) and FAME (First Steps and Conversational Solfège). Lindsay is a founding member of the Feierabend Association of Music Education and was featured as a FAME Teacher Spotlight in February 2015. Lindsay is very active in the Organization of American Kodály Educators (OAKE) and is the recent Past President of the New Jersey chapter (Kodály New Jersey). Lindsay is passionate about Dr. Feierabend’s teaching philosophy and sees each day how FS and CS allow her students to become tuneful, beatful, and artful as well as musically independent. She has also seen how incorporating the Feierabend philosophy and materials has instilled a sense of community in her classroom and in her school at large.

Lindsay hopes to continue serving as Member-at-Large of FAME to continue to build the organization that she was so proud to help found back in 2012. Please consider her for re-election of Member-at-Large.


Kristen Turner has 20 years experience teaching general music, chorus and instrumental music education. She is certified in both First Steps and Conversational Solfege Levels 1 & 2. And holds both a Dalcroze Certificate and M.M in Dalcroze Eurtyhmics from the Longy School of Music and a B.M. in Flute Performance from Oral Roberts University. Kristen is a member of the National Music Educators Association of Music Educators, the Dalcroze Society of America, the National Flute Association and the Feirabend Association of Music Education.

I am very pleased to be running for the Member-at–Large position for the FAME organization. I want to serve as a representation of general and instrumental music teachers to bring awareness of the importance of this work for our students in best practices in music education.

I first was introduced to Dr. Feirabend’s early childhood curriculum “First Steps in Music” while taking summer classes at the Longy School of Music. Since 2013, I have been teaching the “First Steps” and “Conversational Solfege” curriculums in my classes. I currently teach general music K-5 a district chorus and elementary band classes in Medford, Ma. I have been involved in the FAME organization since 2016 when I attended the 2nd Biannual Conference hosted at Gordon College. I had just finished my “First Steps” Certification class and stayed for the conference. I completed the “Conversational Solfege Levels 1 & 2 Certifications” in the summer of 2015 at Gordon College.

Cast your ballot before May 15, 2018!