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Decoding Dilemmas with Older Beginners

Decoding Dilemmas with Older Beginners: Points to ponder as you build your program. Last week I had two breakthroughs in my classes. My 1st graders tried the game “Oh Dear, What Can the Meter Be?” for the first time, and to my surprise, they got every single musical example correct! Historically, this has not been the...

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Pyramid of Musical Greatness

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Dr. Strong’s Pyramid of Musical Greatness (PoMG) Designed by Adam Brittain                     As I so often do, one day I found myself searching for a quick analogy or metaphor that would help my students focus on the task at hand. Suddenly it came to me, “It’s...

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FAME Teacher Spotlight – Kristen Turner

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Introducing Kristen Turner who teaches General Music K-5, District Chorus Grades 2-5 and 5th Grade Band in the Medford Public Schools in Medford, MA. Kristen has been a FAME member since 2016 and during her career has also taught Early Childhood Music. Besides her First Steps and Conversational Solfege 1 & 2 Certification, Kristen also holds […]

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Alt-Write Techniques for Conversational Solfege

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Before Pencil and Paper Try Some Alt-Write Techniques: Writing Steps in Conversational Solfege John Crever, FAME Endorsed Teacher Trainer In Conversational Solfege (CS) the recommended amount of time spent in the Writing Steps (9-12) is significantly less than that spent developing conversational skills at Steps 2-5 (Conversational Solfege.)  After mastering the Reading Steps in a...

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“I Have…Who Has?” Cards

by Chris Powers   Looking for a fun, engaging activity that is perfect for individual assessment at Steps 7 and 8 of Conversational Solfege? Consider using these “I Have…Who Has? Cards” created by Chris Anne Powers.    The cards correlate with all Units in Book 1 of Conversational Solfege by Dr. John Feierabend. AND for...

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Move It!: Swan Lake Act III Spanish Dance

This Move it was inspired by Spanish flamenco dancing. The movements in the A section are more sudden and have more weight than the sustained movements of the B section. If you’d like, show students a short video of flamenco dancing to get them ready for the style of dance. The hand position in this...

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FAME Teacher Spotlight – Nobel S. Gabasan

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Please meet our newest (and our first international) Teacher Spotlight, Nobel S. Gabasan, FAME member since 2013. Nobel teaches infants through Year 6 at International College in Hong Kong (Hong Lok Yuen.) In his career, Nobel has taught General Music, Choir, Orchestra, Voice and Instrumental Lessons as well as Parent/Child Classes.   In your opinion, […]

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Move It!: Skating

If you know the Charlie Brown Christmas Special, this piece will be familiar. The introduction frames the entire piece both harmonically and metrically. In the opening, Imagine defining the four corners of a picture frame with which a picture will be created. In this lilting jazz waltz, listen and catch the groove. Seek out the...

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Teacher Trainer Corner – Implementing Dance in Limited Spaces

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by Emily Maurek Dancing is practiced, performed and enjoyed in large, airy spaces with authentic formations, figures, and accuracy, right? However, as many of us know, some classroom spaces are less than ideal and conditions for dancing or even moving with a group of students is problematic. However, for teachers who travel from room to...

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FAME Teacher Spotlight – Stephanie Morris

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Meet Stephanie Morris, our newest FAME Teacher Spotlight! Our newest Teacher Spotlight focuses on FAME Treasurer Stephanie Morris, a teacher in the College Station Independent School District in College Station, Texas. She has taught Pre K-4 elementary music, Middle School Band, and private horn and piano for over 17 years.Stephanie, a FAME member since 2013,...

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