Welcome to the FAME events page!

See below for a full calendar view of our upcoming certified classes and workshops. Also, an interactive Summer 2024 Course Catalog – jus click on the cover image below to get started!

Jul
15
Mon
Conversational Solfege 1 & 2 Certification -The Hartt School of Music – Hartford, CT
Jul 15 @ 8:00 am – Jul 26 @ 10:00 am

Conversational Solfege 1 & 2 Certification with Chris Powers

July 15-26, 2024
8am-10am (Monday-Friday – 2 weeks)

$550 for 2 credits

Hartt School of Msuic
200 Bloomfield Avenue,
West Hartford, CT

https://tinyurl.com/RegisterHartt2024

contact: chpowers@hartford.edu

Course Description

Through carefully sequenced activities, Conversational Solfege™ addresses the National Standards, while enabling students to joyfully assimilate the skills and content necessary to become musically literate, including the acquisition of listening, rhythmic and melodic reading, dictation, composition, and improvisation in an intuitive manner. Applications of Conversational Solfege™ are ideally suited to: elementary general music curricula; choral organizations at all levels; Orff Schulwerk; Kodály; Dalcroze; Gordon Music Learning Theory; high school and college sight singing and ear training; class piano; Suzuki; as well as recorder, band, and orchestral instrumental instruction.  The Feierabend Curriculum examines a pedagogical method that develops music literacy. Based on models used to teach conversational foreign languages, this course develops an understanding of music through the use of rhythm and tonal syllables at a “conversational” level that gradually evolves into reading, writing, improvisation, and composition skills. This is a literature-driven curriculum. The sequencing of musical elements grows out of those tonal and rhythmic elements that exist in folk song literature. Each rhythm or tonal element is explored in patterns, songs, and themes from classical literature. Applications of conversational solfege range from elementary general and choral music courses to collegiate level choral, sight-singing, and ear-training courses.  Participants who successfully complete this course will receive an official certificate of completion  for Conversational Solfege Level 1 & 2 from the Feierabend Association for Music Education (FAME).
Conversational Solfege Upper Levels Certification – The Hartt School, Hartford, CT
Jul 15 @ 10:10 am – Jul 26 @ 12:10 pm

Conversational Solfege Upper Levels Certification with Chris Powers

July 15-26, 2024
10:10am – 12:10 PM   (Monday-Friday – 2 weeks)

$550 for 2 credits

Hartt School of Music
200 Bloomfield Avenue,
West Hartford, CT

https://tinyurl.com/RegisterHartt2024

contact: chpowers@hartford.edu

Course Description

John Feierabend’s 2018 reissued book Conversational Solfege Level 3 (a.k.a. “Upper Levels” or just “CSUL”), is the same Ear-First Approach to thinking musical thoughts that sets Conversational Solfege apart, and it’s geared towards MS/HS performing ensembles. CSUL picks up the sequence where Level 2 left off, guiding students to think, read and write in most keys, meters, and regions of the staff. CSUL also offers a curriculum to teach musicians a Conversational knowledge of major and minor diatonic harmony, and its application to teaching improvisation and composition with performing ensemble classroom. Building on the conversational skill of “discovering the baseline” to create a harmony, introduced in Lev. 2, this curriculum leads students to use a bass line to inform tonal analysis to reveal the corresponding diatonic chord tones, and the many melodic counter-puntal possibilities that weave harmony together. Come prepared to sing.

First Steps in Music Certification -The Hartt School – West Hartford, CT
Jul 15 @ 2:10 pm – Jul 26 @ 4:40 pm

First Steps in Music Certification with Stephanie Schall-Brazee

July 15-26, 2024
2:10  – 4:40 PM  (Monday-Friday – 2 weeks)

$550 for 2 credits

The Hartt School of Music
200 Bloomfield Avenue,
West Hartford, CT

https://tinyurl.com/RegisterHartt2024

contact: chpowers@hartford.edu

Course Description

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..
Jul
18
Thu
THE 5th BIENNIAL FAME CONFERENCE
Jul 18 – Jul 21 all-day

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THE FAME BIENNIAL CONFERENCE?
The FAME Conference features over 30 sessions across two days, offering valuable professional learning opportunities. The sessions are led by FAME-Endorsed Teacher Trainers and experienced practitioners who will showcase the application of the Feierabend approach, including First Steps in Music, Conversational Solfege, and more.

The main conference takes place from Friday, July 19 at 5:00 PM to Sunday at 1:00 PM.
Conference Pre-session mini-courses begin on Thursday, July 18 at 9:00 AM.

GET MORE INFORMATION AND REGISTER HERE

Jul
22
Mon
Folk Song and Dance Around the World! with Lillie Feierabend
Jul 22 @ 8:30 am – Jul 26 @ 4:30 pm

Folk Song and Dance Around the World with Lillie Feierabend

July 22 – 26, 2024  – 5-Day Course
8:30am – 4:30pm ES  – IN-PERSON

3 credits: $825

Hartt School of Music,
University of Hartford
200 Bloomfield Ave., West Hartford, CT

Registration Link: https://www.hartford.edu/academics/schools-colleges/hartt/academics/music/music-education/hartt-summerterm-1.aspx

contact: Thomas Scavone – scavone@hartford.edu  860.768.4903

Course Description

Humor, love, kindness, and joy are universal. Community music-making builds a bridge where we are offered a glimpse into another culture and are delighted to find ourselves looking back. A country’s musical culture can also offer insight into its history, spirit, values, and heart. We can appreciate and begin to know a little about a people when we move in their footsteps, sing their songs, and play their games. These delightful gifts, traversing not only cultures, but generations, can lead to greater awareness and global understanding. This lively workshop will explore twenty cultures through their folk dance, rounds, passing games, play parties, clapping games, and literature. This course is applicable to all grade levels. Join us as we meet wonderful people through the gift of their music.

 

Jul
29
Mon
Conversational Solfege 1 & 2 Certification – Portland, OR – (Milwaukie)
Jul 29 @ 8:00 am – Aug 1 @ 4:00 pm


Conversational Solfege Certification Course,  Portland, OR,  July. 29-Aug.1, 2024

8:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Cost: $450

Location:
Campbell Elementary School
11326 SE 47th Ave, Milwaukie, OR

2 college credits will be offered through Seattle Pacific University for $55 per credit. 
Instructor: John Crever info@music-ade.com or text/call 503-278-5959

Register Here

Conversational Solfege 1 & Certification – Chicago, IL – Vandercook College
Jul 29 @ 8:00 am – Aug 2 @ 5:00 pm

Conversational Solfege 1 & 2 Certification with Emily Maurek

July 29 – August 2, 2024
8am – 5pm CST – IN PERSON

$1,125 (3 graduate credits)

VanderCook College of Music,
3140 S. Federal St.,
Chicago, IL

Registration : https://tinyurl.com/registerCSvandercook

Course Description

Conversational Solfege (™) is a pedagogical method to be used with children who have already developed tuneful, beatful, and artful skills and are ready to develop a deeper understanding of melody and rhythm. Conversational Solfege develops the comprehension of music through the use of rhythm and solfege syllables aurally, at a conversational level, then gradually evolves into written music notation. Through carefully sequenced activities, Conversational Solfege enables students to joyfully assimilate the skills and content necessary to be musically literate. Through various techniques, Conversational Solfege allows the acquisition of musical reading and writing, dictation, improvisation, and composition in an intuitive manner. This course is applicable to general music, choral, and instrumental teachers.
First Steps in Music Certification – Chicago, IL – Vandercook College
Jul 29 @ 8:00 am – Aug 2 @ 5:00 pm

First Steps in Music Certification – with Lillie Feierabend

July 29 – Aug. 2, 2024
8:00am – 5pm CST – IN PERSON

$1125 (3 graduate credits)

VanderCook College of Music,
3140 S. Federal St.,
Chicago, IL

contact: Joseph Koppel – jkoppel@vandercook.edu | 312-788-1139

REGISTRATION LINK: https://securelb.imodules.com/s/1618/index.aspx?sid=1618&gid=1&pgid=1959&cid=3746

Course Description

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. All people are born with the potential to become musical. With inappropriate or limited musical experiences in the early years, children consistently lose their intuitions for thinking tunes, feeling rhythms, and responding to expressiveness in music. This lively course will provide a bridge from research to practice by demonstrating how a “natural” curriculum rich in repertoire of traditional children’s songs, rhymes, games, and dances can develop young children’s musical aptitude. The First Steps in Music curriculum is designed to prepare children to become musical in three ways: 1. Tuneful – to have tunes in their heads and learn how to coordinate their voices to those tunes. 2. Beatful – to feel the pulse of music and how that pulse is grouped in either 2s or 3s. 3. Artful – to be moved by music in the many ways music can elicit a feelingful response. A model of parents and children playing together in the years from birth to age 3 will be presented, as well as a curriculum for 3 – 8 year old children in classroom settings. Participants can receive certification in First Steps in Music by the Feierabend Association for Music Education.

Aug
5
Mon
First Steps in Music Course – Wayne State University, MI
Aug 5 @ 8:30 am – Aug 7 @ 5:00 pm

First Steps in Music Certification with Stephanie Schall-Brazee

August 5 – 7, 2024 
8:30 – 5:00 PM  (24 HOURS) FACE TO FACE

Wayne State University Department of Music,
Old Main Building
480 Hancock Street RM 2402,
Detroit, MI 48202

 
Contact: Stephanie Schall-Brazee  schallbrazee@gmail.com
 
 

Course Description

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.
First Steps in Music Certification – Portland, OR – (Milwaukie)
Aug 5 @ 8:00 am – Aug 8 @ 3:00 pm


First Steps in Music Certification Course,  Portland, OR,  Aug.5 – 8, 2024


8:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Cost: $450

Location:
Campbell Elementary School
11326 SE 47th Ave, Milwaukie, OR

2 college credits will be offered through Seattle Pacific University for $55 per credit. 

Instructor: John Crever info@music-ade.com or text/call 503-278-5959

Register Here