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Feierside Chat #24 – All School Sing

In Feierside Chat #24, Lillie continues her series on Bridges to the Community by sharing tips and ideas for presenting an All School Sing.  Whatever your time and schedule constraints, you too can gather your school community together for a few moments of shared singing.  Also, learn how a few simple additions and extensions can make...

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Feierside Chat #23 – Ask Me Notes

Continuing her series of chats called “Bridges to the Community”  Lillie Feierabend, shares this great chat on “Ask Me” sheets.  Originally meant to serve as a way to bring music into the home, “Ask Me” sheets proved to serve several additional goals as well.  Here are simple but effective ideas on using “Ask Me” sheets...

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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 #21 – Plan a May Day Festival

This month’s Feierside chat continues the series of chats presented by Lillie Feierabend on “Bridges to the Community.”  In this chat Lillie addresses how to mount a May Day festival as a means of further developing your student’s school community experience….a great way to end the school year featuring favorite dances that have been learned...

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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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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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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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Feierside Chat #17: Concept of reading notation in different keys

In this month's Feier-side chat Dr. Feierabend discusses ideas for introducing students to the concept of reading notation in different keys.

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Feierside Chat #16 – Conversational Solfege Tone Charts

In this month's Feier-side chat Dr. Feierabend shares ideas for using the "Tone Charts" that appear in the Conversational Solfege Teacher's Manuals. View this month's chat to learn about uses for the Tone Charts at Steps 3, 4, 7, 8, 10, and 11!

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Feierside Chat #15 – Ruminations on the Rest

In this month's Feier-side chat Dr. Feierabend discusses ideas about presenting the rest and shares a few strategies to help students better learn and practice the rest. In addition Dr. Feierabend explains how the rest could possibly be presented sooner than Unit 6, if teachers are interested in presenting the rest earlier in the curriculum.

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