Emily is in her 20th year teaching General Music and Chorus and is currently teaching grades K-4 at Bibich and Peifer Elementary Schools with the Lake Central School Corporation in Northwest Indiana, where she utilizes both First Steps and Conversational Solfege. Her Feierabend journey began at Silver Lake College in 2008 and she has since gone on to earn FAME Certification and is an Endorsed Teacher Trainer in the First Steps in Music method.
Emily has presented elementary classroom music workshops and research at Indiana Music Educators’ Association conferences and, most recently, at Indiana State and Valparaiso Universities. She graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Music Education from Ball State University and holds a Masters degree in Music Technology from Indiana University.
First Steps is a simple, intuitive and natural process providing a framework and logical sequence to music instruction. The pedagogy of First Steps in Music is vital and necessary in our schools and through Dr. Feierabend’s philosophy, research, and strategies I find joy, fun, and meaning within the structure of the lessons and content. With First Steps students are given the opportunity in every class session to be Tuneful, Beatful, and Artful regardless of academic or musical ability. First Steps also offers a vibrant connection — a cultural link between teacher, student, family, and community.