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Conversational Solfege – An Overview | S1E02

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John Feierabend and Missy talk about Conversational Solfege, Dr. Feierabend’s curriculum that teaches music literacy with a sound before sight approach. Learn about the 12 Steps of Conversational Solfege and how through it, students learn to become independent musical thinkers!

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First Steps in Music – An Overview | S1E01

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John Feierabend describes the “8-Part Workout” of First Steps in Music. Learn about the Kodály foundations of FS, how it was developed, and why elementary general music teachers around the globe love this program!

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Feierside Chat #22 – Arioso

Arioso is included in the First Steps in Music lessons as an opportunity for students to create their own tunes. Original musical thinking is the highest form of music thinking. This chat outlines a progression from the teacher modeling arioso to the students creating their own melodies first without words, then with familiar words and finally with original words. Ready set sing!

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Feierside Chat #20 – Intro to “Bridges to the Community”

This chat serves as an introduction to a series of chats Lillie Feierabend will be sharing in the coming months. Last month Lillie began the series with her chat on hosting a family folk dance. In the coming months Lillie will present her "Bridges to the Community" by discussing ideas for bringing more music into the lives of your students in addition to the limited time we are given to provide regular general music classes.

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Move It!: Ballet of the Unhatched Chicks

This Move It! entry was created by Connie Greenwood and is set to Ballet of the Unhatched Chicks from Pictures at an Exhibition by Modest Mussorgsky. This Move It! was inspired by watching some baby chicks hatch. Chicks are born with a little tooth on their beak. We are using our hands as a beak to brake out of the eggs…...

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FAME Teacher Spotlight – Kim Yannon

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Name: Kim Yannon School System: Cheshire Public Schools Town/City: Cheshire State: Connecticut Grade Taught: 1-6 General Music, 7-8 Choral Music Education: Bachelors in Music Performance, Western Connecticut State University; Masters of Science in Music Education, Central Connecticut State University; Doctor of Musical Arts in Music Education/Pedagogy, The Hartt School, University of Hartford FAME member since: 2012 (Founding Member, 2014 FAME Biennial Conference […]

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Move It: Blue Goose Rag

This Move It! entry was created by Marguerite Wilder and Kevin Boyle and is set to Blue Goose Rag by Raymond Birch arranged for Concert Band by Timothy Broege. The movie was done with members of Kevin's Band at Picken's County Middle School. They presented this as part of their workshop at the First Bi-ennial FAME Conference in Hartford, CT in 2014 entitled: Instrumental Applications for Conversational Solfege. While this was used with band students, it can certainly be used in any classroom. The PowerPoint presentation can be used to teach different aspects of music performance, instruments in the band and even suggests using parts of John Feierabend's Word Wall all set to the music. It's fairly involved, but your students will love to Move It to the Blue Goose Rag.

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Feierside Chat #19 – How to host a folk dance

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This month’s Feier-side chat will feature guest host Lillie Feierabend. Lillie shares her extensive experience on how to host a Family Folk Dance. Accompanying the chat is a handout with wonderful hints and resources.

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FAME Teacher Spotlight – Missy Strong

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Name: Missy Strong School System: Mount Laurel Township Schools Town/City: Mount Laurel State: New Jersey Grade Taught: Pre-K through 4th grade; General and Vocal Education: Bachelor of Music, Philadelphia College of Bible; Master of Arts, Rowan University; Doctor of Musical Arts, Rutgers University FAME member since: 2012 (Founding Member, Current Vice President)   Classes/Workshops in First […]

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Feierside Chat #18 – Insights into the writing steps of Conversational Solfege (steps 9-12)

During this month’s Feier-side chat Dr. Feierabend shares insights into the writing steps of Conversational Solfege (steps 9-12). He not only describes the type of activity that is appropriate at each step but offers recommendations on how to streamline the writing process in your classroom.

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