2nd Biennial FAME Conference, 2016

Thank you to everyone who attended the 2nd Biennial Conference on the beautiful campus of Gordon College in Wenham, MA! It was a wonderful weekend of Tuneful, Beatful and Artful activities and workshops and a great way to meet and spend time with other teachers who use the Feierabend Approach! The Headliner Presenter was Alice Parker.

The Conference began with the Annual Feierabend tradition of the Strawberry Social followed by Folk Dancing with Dr. John Feierabend calling and live music provided by Shoulda, Coulda, Woulda led by Jeff Rhone. A great way to start the conference!

Alice gave the Keynote Address, a workshop and led the Saturday night Community Sing. aliceparkerIn addition to Alice Parker, participants learned from experienced music educators who share best practices in finding success using teaching methods such as Dr. Feierabend’s First Steps in Music and Conversational Solfege curriculum.

An overview of the Conference presenters and workshops is below. Click on the workshop title for information about the workshop, presenter bios and handouts, if available.

Our 2018 Biennial Conference will be in Chicago! Make sure you are on the mailing list so you don’t miss any information leading up to the Conference.

Conference at a Glance

Friday, July 15, 2016 Sessions:
Opening Event: 6:30 pm to 10 pm
Strawberry Social, Folk Dancing and Group Sing | John Feierabend and Shoulda, Coulda, Woulda

Saturday, July 16, 2016 Sessions:
Teacher Trainers Meeting: 7:30 am to 8:30 am
Phillips Music Center

General Session: 8:30 am – 9:30 am
Opening Keynote: Ear, Voice, Heart, and Mind: How We Sing | Alice Parker

Session I: 9:45 am – 10:45 am
Game Changers: Using the Techniques in Conversational Solfege
 | Betsy Greene
Introduction to First Steps in Music | Rachel Grimsby, Stephanie Schall-Brazee, Emily Maurek
Conquering Unit 3 | Chris Anne Powers and Robin Chenot

General Session: 11 am – 12:30 pm
Teaching Demonstration for First Steps in Music | John Feierabend

Session II: 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
The Family Folk Song Project | Cathy Ward
Introduction to Conversational Solfege | Andy Himelick, Craig Knapp, Betsy Greene
Composing in Fifth Grade with Conversational Solfege | Jon Noyes

Session III: 2:45 pm – 3:45 pm
Next Steps: Singing in Harmony Everyday | John Crever
Conversational Recorder | Rachel Grimsby, Jeff Rhone
Primary Measures in Music Audiation: Testing Music Aptitude | Andy Himelick

General Session: 4 pm – 5 pm
Melodic Improvisation: Listening and Responding to Sung Folksongs | Alice Parker

Group Sing: 7 pm – 8:30 pm
Bringing the Song and the Group Together: Instant Arranging | Alice Parker

Sunday, July 17, 2016 Sessions:
Prospective FAME Committee Members Meeting: 7:45 am to 8:15 am

Session I: 8:30 am – 9:30 am
Bridges to the Community | Lillie Feierabend
Music Literacy in the Elementary Chorus Classroom | Craig Knapp
Prepare, Practice, Motivate and Create in the Urban Classroom | Cori Patterson

Session II: 9:45 am – 10:45 am
The Joy of Musicing | Chris Anne Powers and Robin Chenot
Successfully Incorporating Folk Dancing in the Conversational Solfege Classroom | Lindsay Jackson, Missy Strong
First Steps in the Adaptive Classroom | Rachel Grimsby

General Session: 11 am to 12:30 pm
Annual FAME Membership Meeting
Modal Harmony | John Feierabend

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