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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.

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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


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

2019 Hawaii Music Educators Association Conference
Jan 19 – Jan 20 all-day
2019 Hawaii Music Educators Association Conference @ University of Hawai`i, Manoa, Music Department | Honolulu | Hawaii | United States

Hawai’i MEA Conference


Meeting Music Literacy Standards with Conversational Solfege: Rhythmic

Sunday, January 20th, 11:20 am-12:35 pm

Building on Zoltan Kodaly’s idea of teaching music reading using authentic repertoire, solfege and traditional notation and planning out the preparation, presentation and cumulative practice of each notation element to be experienced over time, John Feierabend’s life’s work, Conversational Solfege, utilizes new research to firm up and validate Kodaly’s earlier framework.  This session will unpack Feierabend’s 12-step approach to teaching Rhythm reading in duple and triple meters.  Using accessible traditional repertoire to set up an easy to use, informed sequence of musical experiences to model conversational language acquisition through listening and responding, rhythmic reading, dictation, composition and improvisation by an “ear-first” approach.

 Growing Tuneful, Beatful, Artful Children the Feierabend Way, Part 1: Singing

Sunday, January 20th, 1:50 pm-3:05 pm

Based on an extensive survey of research on music and movement development and pedagogy spanning more than 40 years, John Feierabend brings all his research and knowledge together in his work First Steps in Music for Preschool and Beyond.  Used as a comprehensive curriculum or a musical workout format for children age three to nine (and beyond), First Steps employs a rich repertoire of age appropriate traditional songs, rhymes, games and dances to build musical independence easily by joyfully making music conversationally before introducing reading and instruments.  This session will focus on the Tuneful development in the 8-part lesson format.

University of Hawaii – Music Department

 2411 Dole Street, Honolulu, HI 96822.

Michael Lim (contact); miylimviolin@gmail.com

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
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