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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

Connecticut Music Educators Association
Apr 2 – Apr 3 all-day
Connecticut Music Educators Association @ Connecticut Convention Center


Bridges to the Community – April 2nd, 3:20 – 4:20 PM

  Music Educators plant seeds for a lifetime of music making but teachable moments do not always happen in the classroom. If we provide musical opportunities outside of the music classroom, we can also invite our faculty, school, and community. When the community is invited to participate, they become invested not only in their child’s development but the development of the music program, as well. This session will share a dozen ways to enrich the musical growth and development of your students, your school and your community while providing opportunities to inspire a lifelong love of music.

Partners in Education – April 2nd, 4:30 – 5: 30

Ever think of sharing your Music curriculum with your classroom colleagues? Many, if not most, of theelementaryLanguage Arts goals are consistently addressed in the Music classroom. For example, almost every song we sing and chant we speak has a Beginning/Middle/End, Main Character/Setting, and Problem/Solution.These important goals from the Language Arts curriculum also aid in music development. If students are to sing with confidence, and without losing musical momentum, they must understand what they are singing about. Knowledge of sequence is as important to singing as learning the steps of a folk dance. When the Music curriculum goes into the classroom, understanding these concepts becomes easier and more meaningful after students have learned, played and loved Frog in the Meadow, learned first as a Simple Song in the Music classroom. Ideas, strategies and examples of student work will be shared with participants to share with their classroom colleagues. 

Intentional Movement in the Music Classroom – April 3rd, 11:30 – 12:30 PM

Movement is an integral part of being musical. Think of your favorite finger play, action song or play party. Chances are there is some type of movement involved.  So much of our early childhood music repertoire contains a movement component. This is no surprise; children learn best when they are able to use their bodies. The movement component is worthy of the same explicit and intentional instruction that we devote to the tonal and rhythmic aspects of our curriculum. This is accomplished, not by compromising our musical goals and standards, but simply by manipulating the material that we are already teaching our students.  We can make the movement in our finger plays, action songs, play parties and dances even more beneficial for each student. This lively session will share strategies and techniques that will enhance the movement component in a music classroom. 

Contact: Michelle Martin:


Pennsylvania Music Educators Conference – Poconos, PA
Apr 23 – Apr 25 all-day
Pennsylvania Music Educators Conference - Poconos, PA @ Kalahari Resorts Poconos


Movement Instruction in the Elementary Music Classroom | SATURDAY 9:45 – 10:45 

Movement Instruction in the Elementary Music Classroom 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 takeaway will be engaging, developmentally-appropriate ideas to get your students moving right away!

Contact: Marissa LaBant | |

Pennsylvania Music Educators Conference – Poconos, PA
Apr 23 – Apr 25 all-day
Pennsylvania Music Educators Conference - Poconos, PA @ Kalahari Resorts Poconos


First Steps in Music – Movement Development | Saturday 1 – 2 p.m.

The ability to move expressively to music is a skill that should be cultivated in children as early in their development as possible. This session will provide techniques and activities, from the research-based First Steps in Music curriculum, teachers can use to develop their PK-2 student abilities to move expressively and internalize steady beat.

First Steps in Music – Vocal Development |  Saturday 3:15 – 4:15

The ability to think tune is valuable to a child’s overall musical development. This session will provide techniques and activities teachers can use to engage their PK-2 student head voices and increase student ability to think tune.

Contact: Marissa LaBant | |

First Steps in Music Certification Course – Feierabend Association for Music Education Conference
Jul 15 – Jul 17 all-day
First Steps in Music Certification Course - Feierabend Association for Music Education Conference @ Philadelphia Airport Marriott



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 for First Steps in Music from the Feierabend Association for Music Education. 

Philadelphia Airport Marriott – Terminal B  – Philadelphia, PA

Contact: David Vandewalker: Phone: 678 462 2741

First Steps in Music with Orff Schulwerk – NYSSMA Summer Conference – Albany, NY
Aug 16 all-day
First Steps in Music with Orff Schulwerk -  NYSSMA Summer Conference - Albany, NY @ Albany Hilton



Come experience joyful activities that follow the 8-part workout from First Steps in Music while integrating the Orff approach. During this course participants will develop a better understanding of how to blend these two approaches. Ample time will be spent on participating in various activities and creating engaging lessons your students will enjoy. Sing, say, dance, and play your way to learning how to develop tuneful, beatful, and artful students. Participants will gain an understanding of both First Steps in Music (FSM) and Orff Schulwerk (OS). Participants will gain an understanding of how the eight-part work out is designed to develop singing, beat keeping, and movement skills and how to use OS extensions within the workout. This session is applicable to both the experienced teacher and the dabbling novice in First Steps and/or Orff.

NYSSMA – Summer Convention – Sunday August 16th  

Contact Craig Knapp at

NYS Summer Music Conference – Albany, NY