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Below are FAME events planned for the coming year. You may select specific categories to see the different types of courses offered.

FAME Calendar

Oct
12
Fri
Upper Level Conversational Solfege TWO PART Certification Course at Gordon College MA
Oct 12 2018 @ 4:30 pm – Feb 2 2019 @ 4:30 pm
Upper Level Conversational Solfege TWO PART Certification Course at Gordon College MA @ Gordon College | Wenham | Massachusetts | United States

JOHN FEIERABEND

Upper Level Conversational Solfege TWO PART Certification Course at Gordon College

Participants have the opportunity to earn graduate or PDP credit and join with fellow colleagues and peers on campus for a casual catered buffet dinner and lunch, provided by Gordon College.

*TWO-PART CERTIFICATION – Participants must register for both October 2018, and February 2019 Sessions.

Conversational Solfege Upper Levels further explores the development of music literacy through analyzing songs and creating a sequence of learning, based on song content and skill development.  Strategies include listening, reading, writing, writing lesson plans, and establishing yearly goals and an introduction of how to teach harmonic function in major and minor tonalities as they apply to improvisation and composition.  This course is applicable to upper elementary general music, as well as middle school and high school choral, and instrumental teachers.

While highly recommended, participants are not required to already have completed Conversational Solfege Levels I and II Certification.

Participants will be required to purchase the newly revised (2018) Conversational Solfege Level 3 Teachers Edition and CD.

Program Schedule (2-part workshop):
Friday, October 12, 2018 | 4:30–8:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 13, 2018 | 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Friday, February 1, 2019 | 4:30–8:30 p.m.
Saturday, February 2, 2019 | 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

(Participants must attend both the October 2018 and February 2019 program dates)

Registration
$790: Two (2) Graduate Credits
$790: Forty-Five (45) PDPs
(Registration rate includes October and February programming)

Contact:  Kristen Harrington Email: Kristen.Harrigton@gordon.edu

Discounted local hotel accommodations are available for Friday night. Guests may call 888.686.5064 and reference the Gordon College Music Educator Room Block at the Courtyard Boston Danvers to make their reservations at the group rate. They may also book directly online by using the link below:

Book your group rate for Gordon College Music Educator

The cut-off date for the discounted room block is September 28, 2018. At that time, any remaining rooms in the block will be released for general sale and additional reservations will no longer be available at our discounted group rate. 

Oct
19
Fri
2018 First Steps in Music Certification Course International School Manila Philippines
Oct 19 – Oct 21 all-day
2018 First Steps in Music Certification Course International School Manila Philippines @ International School Manila | Taguig | Metro Manila | Philippines

JOHN FEIERABEND

The First Steps in Music curriculum is designed to prepare children to become musical in by being Tuneful, Beatful, and Artful. First Steps in Music for Infants and Toddlers provides developmentally appropriate activities that are well suited for children under three years old with their caregivers. First Steps in Music for Preschool and Beyond provides activities for children as young as three but appropriate for any aged child that needs to further develop their tuneful, beatful, and artful abilities. Folk songs and rhymes as well as classical music are the primary source materials that are used to develop their musical minds and abilities. Created by Dr. John Feierabend, this pedagogical approach contains everything you need to lead a music class for preschool and early elementary students, including: Echo Songs, Call-and-Response Songs, Simple Songs, SongTales, Action Songs, Circle Games, Beat Motion Activities, and more. Ample time will be spent on exploring complete lesson plans for a three-year curriculum. Participants who successfully complete this course will receive an official certificate of completion from the Feierabend Association for Music Education

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1526 MCPO 1255 Makati City, Philippines 

Tel: +632 840.8400  Web: www.ismanila.org

Oct
26
Fri
First Steps in Music Workshop – Rock Springs Wyoming
Oct 26 @ 8:00 am – 3:45 pm
First Steps in Music Workshop - Rock Springs Wyoming @ Sweetwater County School District # 1 | Rock Springs | Wyoming | United States

JOHN CREVER

First Steps in Music Workshop for the Sweetwater County School District Rock Springs, WY

The First Steps in Music curriculum is designed to prepare children to become musical in by being Tuneful, Beatful, and Artful. First Steps in Music for Infants and Toddlers provides developmentally appropriate activities that are well suited for children under three years old with their caregivers. First Steps in Music for Preschool and Beyond provides activities for children as young as three but appropriate for any aged child that needs to further develop their tuneful, beatful, and artful abilities. Folk songs and rhymes as well as classical music are the primary source materials that are used to develop their musical minds and abilities. Created by Dr. John Feierabend, this pedagogical approach contains everything you need to lead a music class for preschool and early elementary students, including: Echo Songs, Call-and-Response Songs, Simple Songs, SongTales, Action Songs, Circle Games, Beat Motion Activities, and more. Ample time will be spent on exploring complete lesson plans for a three-year curriculum. Participants who successfully complete this course will receive an official certificate of completion from the Feierabend Association for Music Education.

Contact John Crever at firststepsinmusicpdx@gmail.com

Sweetwater County School District #1: 3550 Foothill Blvd., Rock Springs, WY 82901

 

 

 

Nov
16
Fri
2018 Iowa Music Educators Association Convention
Nov 16 – Nov 17 all-day
2018 Iowa Music Educators Association Convention @ Iowa State University | Ames | Iowa | United States

JOHN FEIERABEND

Keynote Address:  Endangered Musical Minds

All children are born with some potential to succeed with music.  But, with inappropriate or no music experiences in the early years, children will lose their intuitiveness for making accurate and sensitive musical responses.  The future success of vocal and instrumental performers as well as musical participation in daily life is significantly dependent on appropriate early intervention.  Here is critical information about how children think music and what we can do to help them musically develop.

FIRST STEPS IN MUSIC: VOCAL DEVELOPMENT IN THE EARLY YEARS                                  

During the early learning years, children can acquire musical sensitivities, which will provide them with a lifetime of expressive and accurate singing intuitions.  This lively session will present insights and activities that can foster those intuitions in children from three to age nine, through the use of folk songs and games.

 FIRST STEPS IN MUSIC: MOVEMENT DEVELOPMENT IN THE EARLY YEARS         

During the early learning years, children can acquire musical sensitivities, which will provide them with a lifetime of expressive and accurate movement intuitions.  This energetic session will present insights and activities that can foster those intuitions in children from birth to age nine, through the use of folk songs and rhymes as well as through movement experiences with classical recordings.

12 STEPS TO MUSIC LITERACY USING CONVERSATIONAL SOLFEGE: Rhythmic/ Melodic                                          

Through carefully sequenced activities this fun workshop will address the National Standards while demonstrating how to enable students to joyfully assimilate the content and skills necessary to become musically literate including the acquisition of listening, rhythmic and melodic reading, dictation, composition, and improvisation in an intuitive manner. Participants will experience a curriculum that grows out of tonal and rhythmic elements that exist in the folk song literature of this country.  Each rhythm or tonal element will be explored in patterns, songs and themes from classical literature.

12 STEPS TO MUSIC LITERACY USING CONVERSATIONAL SOLFEGE: Melodic/ Melodic                             

Literature using advanced Solfege patterns with a parallel development of rhythm patterns in 2/4 and 6/8 meter will be presented. Opportunities for early experience in part singing are demonstrated with, rhythmic and melodic sight-reading, dictation, composition, and improvisation.  Participants will experience a curriculum that grows out of tonal and rhythmic elements found in folk song to classical literature.

Iowa State University

149 Music Hall – Aimes, IA 50011

Contact:  Carly Schieffer Email:  idea.conference.chair@gmail.com

Dec
17
Mon
2018 Conversational Solfege Level 1 & 2 Certificate Course – Portland OR
Dec 17 – Dec 19 all-day
2018 Conversational Solfege Level 1 & 2 Certificate Course - Portland OR @ Commuity Music Center | Portland | Oregon | United States

JOHN CREVER

Conversational Solfege is a pedagogical method created by Dr. John Feierabend that develops musical literacy. Conversational Solfege is for children who have already developed their tuneful, beatful, and artful skills and are ready to develop a deeper understanding of rhythm and melody. Conversational Solfege develops an understanding of music through the use of rhythm syllables and solfege syllables at a conversational level, and then gradually evolves into traditional notation. Through carefully sequenced activities, Conversational Solfege enables students to joyfully assimilate the skills and content necessary to be musically literate. Patterns, folk songs, poetry, rhymes and classical music are the primary source materials that are used to develop those musical skills. Ample time will be spent on creating effective lesson plans and opportunities for peer teaching will be made available. Participants who successfully complete this course will receive an official certificate of completion from the Feierabend Association for Music Education (FAME).

Contact Information:  John Crever at firststepsinmusicpdx@gmail.com 503 278 5959

Community Music Center 3350 SE Francis Street  Portland, OR 97202

Jan
9
Wed
2019 Florida Music Educators Association Conference
Jan 9 – Jan 12 all-day
2019 Florida Music Educators Association Conference @ Tampa Convention Center | Tampa | Florida | United States

MISSY STRONG 

2019 Florida Music Educators Association Conference  – January 9 – 12, 2019

Developing Notational Literacy with Conversational Solfege

Conversational Solfege, John Feierabend’s engaging, research-based method develops notational literacy by helping children understand music through the use of rhythm and solfege syllables at a conversational level that gradually evolves into traditional notation. In this literature-driven approach, students become independent musical thinkers through a sequential process wherein they learn and joyfully perform music before progressing to the decoding, reading, and writing of musical thought. CS serves as only one part of every general music lesson, allowing teachers flexibility to incorporate other activities into their instruction. Learn why Conversational Solfege has become the gold standard in so many districts in the U.S. and even internationally. 

Jan
17
Thu
2019 Indiana Music Educators Association Convention
Jan 17 – Jan 19 all-day
2019 Indiana Music Educators Association Convention @ Grand Wayne Convention Center | Fort Wayne | Indiana | United States

MISSY STRONG

Just the Facts, Please: Neuroscience and Music Education – Friday January 18th 1:00 PM

It is useful to know about music and the brain, but teachers must be careful when looking at brain research findings. Musical “neuromyths” will be presented and teachers will receive tips on how to avoid common mistakes in attempting to interpret neuroscientific research. Basic brain function will be discussed, and an introduction to the growing field of “Educational Neuroscience” will be given.

 

Hosting a Family Folk Dance  – Saturday January 19th 11:00 AM

Hosting a family folkdance event is a fantastic and fun way to “move the learning” outside the walls of your classroom and into the broader community. These events are a powerful way to engage administration, faculty, parents, and neighbors in a way that brings joy to everyone who takes part and, quite honestly, makes the music teacher look pretty good!

They can be done during the school day, over multiple nights, or on one evening. These family folk dances help highlight the growing musicality of your students resulting in an authentic way to advocate for your broader program. Come and learn the nuts and bolts of planning for an event of this type from promoting it to preparing students, their families and your colleagues ahead of time in a way that will get everyone on board and excited!

Movement Instruction in the Elementary Music Classroom – Saturday January 19th

 Movement is integral to true understanding in music. When a child can move, they can better understand expression, form, and myriad other musical concepts in a very powerful way. When they begin to move in the early years, this learning is even more powerful. Formulating a sequential movement program, however, can be challenging to those who work with young children. You will hear a rationale for consistently including movement in the elementary music classroom. This rational is based on the assertion that movement is of equal importance to singing and rhythm, as well as the relationship that exists between movement and development. 

Learn how movement is an authentic and fun way to help develop student intuition for beat and meter while also providing meaningful expressive opportunities. Attendees will be given information about proprioceptive sense and learn one way to employ the work of Rudolf Laban in the elementary general music class through movement exploration, movement for form and expression, and beat motion activities.  

Jan
24
Thu
2019 Colorado MEA Convention
Jan 24 – Jan 26 all-day
2019 Colorado MEA Convention @ The Broadmoor | Colorado Springs | Colorado | United States

MISSY STRONG – 2019 Colorado MEA Convention – January 24 – 26, 2019

Making Folk Dancing Fun

Folk dancing in the elementary and middle school classroom allows our students to demonstrate what we’ve been teaching them about moving to beat while also experiencing their own growing musicality. They are able to understand form in music better through movement while experiencing an authentic community music-making activity, which means they can articulate what form in music is more effectively. Additionally, when we lead folk dance instruction we are helping students get what is so often lacking in our culture: opportunities for positive peer interaction. These interactions help our students build etiquette skills while also creating positive community with their peers. But the overarching thing that a student who is folk dancing in a music classroom experiences is…fun! Come learn how to introduce folk dance into your music classroom right away! 

Contact Elizabeth Ford for More Information cmea.gmc@gmail.com

 

 

Feb
13
Wed
2019 Texas Music Educators Association Convention
Feb 13 – Feb 16 all-day
2019 Texas Music Educators Association Convention @ Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center | San Antonio | Texas | United States

MISSY STRONG

2019 Texas Music Educators Association Convention – February 13 – 16, 2019

Just the Facts, Please: Neuroscience and Music Education

Movement Instruction in the Elementary Music Classroom

It is useful to know about music and the brain, but teachers must be careful when looking at brain research findings. Musical “neuromyths” will be presented and teachers will receive tips on how to avoid common mistakes in attempting to interpret neuroscientific research. Basic brain function will be discussed, and an introduction to the growing field of “Educational Neuroscience” will be given. 

Movement Instruction in the Elementary Music Classroom 

Movement is integral to true understanding in music. When a child can move, they can better understand expression, form, and myriad other musical concepts in a very powerful way. When they begin to move in the early years, this learning is even more powerful. Formulating a sequential movement program, however, can be challenging to those who work with young children. You will hear a rationale for consistently including movement in the elementary music classroom. This rational is based on the assertion that movement is of equal importance to singing and rhythm, as well as the relationship that exists between movement and development. 

Learn how movement is an authentic and fun way to help develop student intuition for beat and meter while also providing meaningful expressive opportunities. Attendees will be given information about proprioceptive sense and learn one way to employ the work of Rudolf Laban in the elementary general music class through movement exploration, movement for form and expression, and beat motion activities.  

Contact: Frank Coachman Email: fcoachman@tmea.org

Feb
14
Thu
2019 NW NAfME Conference – Oregon Convention Center – Portland Oregon
Feb 14 – Feb 16 all-day
2019 NW NAfME Conference - Oregon Convention Center - Portland Oregon @ Oregon Covention Center | Portland | Oregon | United States
JOHN CREVER
 
From Here to There: Planning Seamless Transitions in the First Steps Workout.
Ever feel like you have the class in the palm of your hand until it falls apart the moment you switch activities? You may be missing great transitions! Transitions between the steps of a First Steps in Music workout enable learning that feels effortless for the children. Transitions are critical to a well-designed lesson plan, and they can be interesting, enjoyable, and Artful in both conception and practice. Join FAME teacher trainer John Crever and The Singing Classroom founder Deborah Skydell Pasternack as they demonstrate how to guide students’ imaginations seamlessly throughout your lesson.
 

A Tuneful Pathway to Singing in Harmony

Come sing and see how repurposing the traditional folk repertoire in John Feierabend’s music literacy curricula, First Steps in Music and Conversational Solfege, can continue to build musical independence in the upper elementary vocal classroom by exercising child vocal skills with age appropriate repertoire; and establishing an intergenerational repertoire of songs to sing together, in harmony, as a school community.
 
Contact Information: John Crever at firststepsinmusicpdx@gmail.com Phone:  503 278 5959
 
2019 Texas Music Educators Association Convention
Feb 14 – Feb 16 all-day
2019 Texas Music Educators Association Convention @ Henry B Gonzalez Convention Center | San Antonio | Texas | United States

Teaching Vocal Development in the Younger Years

 During the early learning years, children can acquire musical sensitivities, which will provide them with a lifetime of expressive and accurate movement intuitions. This energetic session will present insights and activities that can foster those intuitions in children from birth to age nine, through the use of folk songs and rhymes as well as through movement experiences with classical recordings.

Using Classical Music to teach Rhythmic and Melodic Literacy

Through carefully sequenced activities this workshop will address the National Standards while demonstrating how to enable students to joyfully assimilate the content and skills necessary to become musically literate including the acquisition of listening, rhythmic reading, dictation, composition, and improvisation in an intuitive manner. Participants will experience a curriculum that grows out of rhythmic elements that exist in the folk song literature of this country. Each rhythmic element will also be explored in patterns, songs and themes from classical literature.

Texas Music Educators Association  February 14 – 16, 2019 

Gonzalez Convention Center – Sant Antonio, Texas

Contact: Frank Coachman Email: fcoachman@tmea.org

 

Mar
9
Sat
2019 First Steps in Music Certification Course at Montclair University
Mar 9 – Mar 30 all-day
2019 First Steps in Music Certification Course at Montclair University @ Montclair State University  | Montclair | New Jersey | United States

MISSY STRONG

First Steps in Music Certification Course (THREE WEEKENDS)

March 9th 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM  (Saturday)

March 10th 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM (Sunday)

March 16th 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM (Saturday)

March 30th 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM (Saturday)

The First Steps in Music curriculum is designed to prepare children to become musical in by being Tuneful, Beatful, and Artful. First Steps in Music for Infants and Toddlers provides developmentally appropriate activities that are well suited for children under three years old with their caregivers. First Steps in Music for Preschool and Beyond provides activities for children as young as three but appropriate for any aged child that needs to further develop their tuneful, beatful, and artful abilities. Folk songs and rhymes as well as classical music are the primary source materials that are used to develop their musical minds and abilities. Created by Dr. John Feierabend, this pedagogical approach contains everything you need to lead a music class for preschool and early elementary students, including: Echo Songs, Call-and-Response Songs, Simple Songs, SongTales, Action Songs, Circle Games, Beat Motion Activities, and more. Ample time will be spent on exploring complete lesson plans for a three-year curriculum. Participants who successfully complete this course will receive an official certificate of completion from the Feierabend Association for Music Education

Contact:  Dr. Lisa DeLorenzo Email: elorenzol@mail.montclair.edu

Montclair State University  

John J. Cali School of Music – Chaplin Hall

College Ave – Montcliar, NJ 07043

Apr
6
Sat
Long Island Orff Schelwerk Association Workshop
Apr 6 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Long Island Orff Schelwerk Association Workshop @ Hofstra University - Shapiro Family Hall | Hempstead | New York | United States

MISSY STRONG

Long Island Orff Schelwerk Association April 6, 2019 Workshop

Why should I teach folk dance and how do I start?

Folk dancing in the elementary and middle school classroom allows our students to demonstrate what we’ve been teaching them about moving to beat while also experiencing their own growing musicality. They are able to understand form in music better through movement while experiencing an authentic community music-making activity, which means they can articulate what form in music is more effectively. Additionally, when we lead folk dance instruction we are helping students get what is so often lacking in our culture: opportunities for positive peer interaction. These interactions help our students build etiquette skills while also creating positive community with their peers. But the overarching thing that a student who is folk dancing in a music classroom experiences is…fun! Come learn how to introduce folk dance into your music classroom!

Hofstra University- Joseph G. Shapiro Family Hall New Academic Building, Hempstead, NY 11549

Contact: John Samonte Email: johncsamonte@gmail.com

May
30
Thu
First Steps in Music Certificate Course – Atlanta, GA (Alpharetta Area)
May 30 – Jun 1 all-day
First Steps in Music Certificate Course - Atlanta, GA (Alpharetta Area) @ Webb Bridge Middle School | Alpharetta | Georgia | United States

JOHN FEIERABEND

Conversational Solfege Level 1 & 2 Certification Course

Conversational Solfege is a pedagogical method created by Dr. John Feierabend that develops musical literacy. Conversational Solfege is for children who have already developed their tuneful, beatful, and artful skills and are ready to develop a deeper understanding of rhythm and melody. Conversational Solfege develops an understanding of music through the use of rhythm syllables and solfege syllables at a conversational level, and then gradually evolves into traditional notation. Through carefully sequenced activities, Conversational Solfege enables students to joyfully assimilate the skills and content necessary to be musically literate. Patterns, folk songs, poetry, rhymes and classical music are the primary source materials that are used to develop those musical skills. Ample time will be spent on creating effective lesson plans and opportunities for peer teaching will be made available. Participants who successfully complete this course will receive an official certificate of completion from the Feierabend Association for Music Education (FAME).

Conversational Solfege Level 1 & 2 Certification  Course – May 30th, May 31st and June 1st
(Feierabend Association of Music Education)
 
Thursday, May 30th, 2019  9:00a – 5p
Friday,  May 31st, 2019       9:00a – 5p
Saturday, June 1, 2019        9:00a – 4p
 
Webb Bridge Middle School
4455 Webb Bridge Rd,
Alpharetta, GA 30005
 
Contact Person:
 
Registration Information available January 2019

 

Jun
22
Sat
2019 Colorado Mesa University First Steps in Music Certification Course
Jun 22 – Jul 2 all-day
2019 Colorado Mesa University First Steps in Music Certification Course

MISSY STRONG

First Steps in Music Certification Course

The First Steps in Music curriculum is designed to prepare children to become musical in by being Tuneful, Beatful, and Artful. First Steps in Music for Infants and Toddlers provides developmentally appropriate activities that are well suited for children under three years old with their caregivers. First Steps in Music for Preschool and Beyond provides activities for children as young as three but appropriate for any aged child that needs to further develop their tuneful, beatful, and artful abilities. Folk songs and rhymes as well as classical music are the primary source materials that are used to develop their musical minds and abilities. Created by Dr. John Feierabend, this pedagogical approach contains everything you need to lead a music class for preschool and early elementary students, including: Echo Songs, Call-and-Response Songs, Simple Songs, SongTales, Action Songs, Circle Games, Beat Motion Activities, and more. Ample time will be spent on exploring complete lesson plans for a three-year curriculum. Participants who successfully complete this course will receive an official certificate of completion from the Feierabend Association for Music Education

June 29, June 30th, July 1st, July 2nd

Colorado Mesa University The Moss Performing Arts Center

1221 N. 12th Street – Grand Junction CO

Contact: Nicholas Kent Email: nicholas.kent@hotmail.com