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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

Colorado Music Educators Association Convention
Jan 22 – Jan 25 all-day
Colorado Music Educators Association Convention @ Broadmoor Hote


Movement Instruction in the Elementary Music Classroom” (Friday, 1:00pm – West C/D)

Did you know that movement can and should be a part of every lesson you teach, especially with your young students? Learn some Laban-based movement principals that will help bolster student musicality. The take away will be engaging, developmentally-appropriate ideas to get your students moving right away!  

Hosting a Family Folkdance Event” (Saturday, 9:00am – West C/D)

We want parents, colleagues, admin, and the broader community to know what is happening in our classrooms so that they will become invested and supportive of our program. Inviting them in to participate in the music making along with students is a powerful way to accomplish this. Gain practical ideas for planning for and hosting a family folkdance in your own music program now or in the future!

Kindergarten Music Matters” (Saturday, 11:00am West C/D)

Does your district see the value of music in early childhood, or is there a large focus on performance in the later years? Learn to better understand and articulate the absolute necessity of music instruction starting in Pre-K and Kindergarten that is based on neuroscientific research and childhood development, and learn what you should be doing to help develop musicality in the early years.

CONTACT: Elizabeth Ford           EMAIL:

Ohio Music Educators Association Convention
Jan 30 – Jan 31 all-day
Ohio Music Educators Association Convention @ Duke Energy Center


The Brain and Music: What it Means in Your Music Room” (Friday 12:30pm – CC250) 

With a basic understanding of neuroscience and music processing, teachers can fine tune instruction to better meet student needs and advocate for the place of music in the curriculum, since the research gives confidence that music education is not only important, but something necessary in the lives of our students.

Developing Independent Musical Thinkers in Elementary School” (Saturday 8:00am – CC205)

Conversational Solfege 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. 

CONTACT: Mark Hensler      EMAIL:

Conversational Solfege Level 1 & 2 Certification Course -Montclair State University, NJ
Mar 7 – Apr 5 all-day
Conversational Solfege Level 1 & 2 Certification Course -Montclair State University, NJ @ Montclair State University


March 7 – 8:30-3:30 – March 8 – 10:30-4:30                          April 4 – 8:30-3:30 – April 5 – 10:30-4:30

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).

CONTACT: Lisa DeLorenzo  EMAIL