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Become an Endorsed Teacher Trainer

General Requirements for all Endorsed Teacher Trainer Applicants:

  • Applicant has successfully completed all FAME coursework with John Feierabend or a certified teacher trainer (FAME Certificate Numbers are required)
    1. First Steps in Music (20 hours)
    2. Conversational Solfege 1 & 2 (20 hours)
    3. Conversational Solfege Upper Levels (20 hours)
  • Applicant has at least 5 years of teaching experience with the Feierabend approach post-completion of all FAME coursework (First Steps In Music, Conversational Solfege Levels 1 and 2, and Conversational Solfege Upper Levels) or comparable experience with committee approval
  • A copy of official transcript(s) verifying completion of all three FAME courses (First Steps In Music, Conversational Solfege Levels 1 and 2, and Conversational Solfege Upper Levels)
  • One letter of recommendation from a supervisor or colleague referencing specific contributions the applicant has made to improve the music program at his/her current position and, if applicable, his/her ability to lead other educators.
  • Current Résumé
  • A brief letter stating the reason the applicant is applying to become a teacher trainer. Please include thoughts on what the Feierabend approach represents to you, how the philosophy has influenced your teaching, and how being a trainer in this approach will contribute to your professional learning.

Additional requirements specific to First Steps in Music Applicants:

  • Three sequential written lesson plans, each showing the full 8-Part First Steps Workout, as well as all teacher procedures (please download the First Steps in Music Lesson Plan Template)
  • A video recording of one of these three submitted lessons up to 40 minutes in length. The video must be continuous and unedited and should show the entire 8-Part Workout from the selected written lesson plan.
  • A one-page teacher reflection on video lesson

First Steps in Music Teacher Trainer Applicants will be notified of their application status within 30 days of completed submission.

FS Lesson Plan Template

Additional requirements specific to Conversational Solfege Applicants:

  • Three sequential written lesson plans for one unit of Conversational Solfege. Each lesson plan should include past/present/future Conversational Solfege objectives as well as the “doing” and “about” portions for the lesson with teacher procedures (please download the Conversational Lesson Plan Template)
  • A video recording of one of these three submitted lessons up to 30 minutes in length. The video must be continuous and unedited and should reflect the selected lesson plan and teacher procedures. The applicant should demonstrate the “Past,” “Present,” and “Future” parts of the lesson in the video, as well as the “Doing” and “About” portions of the lesson.
  • A one-page teacher reflection on video lesson

Conversational Solfege Teacher Trainer Applicants will be notified of their application status within 30 days of completed submission.

CS Lesson Plan Template
CS Unit Template

How to apply:

Fill out the online application form.

Apprenticeship Requirements:

Accepted applicants will be expected to spend a minimum of 20 hours shadowing John Feierabend or a certified teacher trainer who has met the requirements to be an Endorsed Teacher Trainer Mentor (has taught a minimum of three courses for certification level). Each level of certification requires 20 separate hours and a series of teaching activities included in the chart below. Upon completion, successful candidates will receive a Teacher Trainer Certificate.

First Steps in Music

Conversational Solfege 1 & 2

Upper Conversational Solfege

  • Teach 1 infant/toddler lesson.
  • Teach 1 activity from each of the 8 FSM curriculum components.
  • Teach 1 preschool lesson.
  • Write 3 sequential lessons for infant/toddler.
  • Write 3 sequential lessons for preschool and beyond.
  • Lead one folk dance.
  • Teach one canon.
  • Choreograph and instruct a Move It! activity.
  • Teach the twelve steps from a Level 1 rhythm unit.
  • Teach the twelve steps from a Level 2 melodic unit.
  • Write 3 sequential lessons for 1 rhythm, and 1 melodic unit from CS 1.
  • Write 3 sequential lessons for 1 rhythm, and 1 melodic unit from CS 2.
  • Lead one folk dance.
  • Teach one canon.
  • Choreograph and instruct a Move It! activity.
  • Teach the twelve steps from a Level 3 melodic unit.
  • Teach the twelve steps from a Level 4 rhythm unit.
  • Write 3 sequential lessons for 1 rhythm, and 1 melodic unit from CS upper levels.
  • Teach a harmony and improvisation lesson using a I IV V (i iv V) structure in major or minor.
  • Teach a lesson with a harmonic focus in mixolydian or dorian.