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The Singing Band

by Guest Contributor Carol Swinchoski Old Mill School, Wall Township, NJ In the last installment, I described the basic steps used to get musicians to create their first sounds and discover how to take their known folk songs and express them through their new instruments. We can now follow their progress over the next ten...

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Judas Maccabee Finger Play, by John Crever

Judas Maccabee Finger Play Lyrics Mattathias bold [Flex both arms, showing strength]  Five great sons had he, [show 5 fingers of one hand]  Elieazar, oldest son, [show 1 thumb] Simon, John and Jonathan, [show fingers #2, 3, and 4] And Judas Maccabe, Judas Maccabe [hammer fists together]   This finger play was shared with me...

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Facebook Live: Connie Greenwood

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Facebook Live: John Feierabend

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CS Beginning Band – Ready, Set, Go!

by Guest Contributor Carol Swinchoski Old Mill School, Wall Township, NJ It is the first week of October and Beginning Band has their first rehearsal with instruments today! As you might imagine, the preparation for this important and exciting first day actually began a while ago. The beginning band model I describe in this article...

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Efficiently Incorporating FS & CS Into Your Curriculum

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In this presentation given at a gathering of FAME of the Mid-Atlantic in Fall of 2017, Endorsed Teacher Trainer Chris Anne Powers talks about how the teachers in her district successfully present tonal and rhythm units concurrently as well as how they layer activities throughout the First Steps years that will come back in Conversational...

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Tree Dance

by Lindsay Jackson A few months ago, I attended a workshop at Wisdom of the Earth that had elements of medicinal aromatherapy, meditation, and mindfulness. WOTE’s Education Director, Cynthia Olivera, led us through a fantastic movement activity where we started as seeds and slowly (over 30 minutes) grew into trees that danced around the room....

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Tuneful, Beatful, Artful Posters

We are so excited about this AH-mazing free resource for FAME members from Ginny’s Music Space, the Teachers Pay Teachers store of Ginny Capps from our Feierabend Fundamentals page on Facebook. Ginny is being extremely generous in sharing a set of Tuneful, Beatful, and Artful posters that she designed that have not been available anywhere until...

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Book Review: Feierabend Fundamentals

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by Andrew Himelick Elementary Music Teacher Towne Meadow Elementary School, Carmel, IN FAME Endorsed Teacher Trainer for First Steps in Music and Conversational Solfege There is an exciting and inspiring new resource available for music educators wanting to learn more about the programs and philosophy of Dr. John Feierabend. But first, a little history. For...

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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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