Conquering Unit 3

Chris Anne Powers and Robin Chenot
Saturday, July 16th: 9:45 am to 10:45 am
Ken Olsen Science Center, Room 127

Do your students breeze through Units 1 and 2 of Conversational Solfege, only to fall flat on their faces at Unit 3? In this session, we will share our multi-year plan that focuses on building a library of Unit 3 repertoire in the early years. We will also share activities and strategies that work at each step while students progress through the unit. This session will be part presentation, part open forum. During the open forum, participants can share struggles they face when presenting Unit 3 with students, as well as activities and strategies that work.

Participants will leave with:

  • suggestions on how to create a multi-year plan that helps to build a library of Unit 3 repertoire
  • strategies and activities that will help their students find success in Unit 3
  • a better understanding of the 12 step process in Unit 3


Chris PowersChris Anne Powers has been an elementary music specialist for 18 years.  She currently teaches K-5 Core Music, Band and Chorus at Cos Cob School in Greenwich, Connecticut.  Chris received her undergraduate degree in Music Education from The Hartt School, where she had the good fortune of studying with John Feierabend.  She holds a Master’s Degree in Education from Sacred Heart University and received her Kodaly Certificate from The Hartt School.   Given her strong commitment to the Feierabend approach, she was a driving force in the adoption of the First Steps In Music For Preschool & Beyond and Conversational Solfege materials as the basis of the Greenwich Public Schools Music Curriculum.  Chris created and presented professional development workshops based on the Feierabend approach to facilitate the implementation of the new curriculum.  She lives a music-filled life in Cos Cob with her husband Jed and their boys – Jay and Tommy.

Robin-ChenotRobin Chenot has been an elementary music essentialist in the Greenwich Public Schools since 1999. She currently teaches K-5 Core Music and Chorus at North Mianus School and serves as a network liason for the district.  Robin received her undergraduate degree from the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam and received her Masters in Music Education at the Hartt School of Music. During her time at Hartt, Robin obtained her Kodaly Certificate and received training in First Steps In Music For Pre-School And Beyond and both levels of Conversational Solfege from Dr. Feierabend.  Most recently, Robin was part of the team that developed the new Greenwich Public Schools music curriculum, which adopted the First Steps and Conversational Solfege methods.  She also played an integral part in the development of the district rubrics that complement the curriculum. Robin is the proud mom of three young boys Luke, Michael and Nicholas.