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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

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

MISSY STRONG

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: cmea.gmc@gmail.com

Jan
23
Thu
2020 Georgia Music Educators Association In-Service Conference
Jan 23 – Jan 25 all-day
2020 Georgia Music Educators Association In-Service Conference @ The Classic Center 300 N Thomas St

RACHEL GRIMSBY

Session # 1 Folk Dancing Tricks from K-6  Friday January 24th  at 8:45 AM  in the Parthenon Room.Folk dancing is an excellent classroom community builder. Participants will explore the connection between creative movement and beat keeping as the foundation of folk dancing. Participants will learn one folk dance, how to make that dance accessible to all grade levels and will learn how to choose alternative music to folk dance to. With immediate take-aways for Monday activities, will you come and dance with me?

Session Title #2: Prepare, Practice, Present: A Sound Before Sight Approach to Recorder

Friday January 24th  at 11:15 AM in the Olympia  Room in the Classic Center

This session is geared for elementary music educators looking to refresh and grow their recorder program. Participants will be taken through the 12-step process of Conversational Solfege and how it applies to recorder instruction. While this recorder method is founded in Conversational Solfegeit is not necessary for participants to already use this curriculum in order to implement the strategies, rhymes, songs, and games shared in this session. I will demonstrate a variety of instructional strategies and games that will allow teachers to develop students’ skills aurally rather than starting recorder with the printed page. This session will be interactive as participants will engage with the content for the majority of the process. Video of my students will be shared to show participants that these instructional strategies are engaging and beneficial to students. Activities shared will be able to be immediate take-aways for their students on Monday.

 

Jan
30
Thu
Ohio Music Educators Association Convention
Jan 30 – Feb 1 all-day
Ohio Music Educators Association Convention @ Duke Energy Center

RACHEL GRIMSBY

Universal Design for Learning in Music Education 1/30

 This session is geared toward elementary general music educators but the principles of UDL can be applied to any level. This session will be interactive and engaging but initially. I will give participants a brief overview of Universal Design for Learning and engage them in conversation regarding selected strategies and how they may or may not be “universal.” This section will take 10 to 15 minutes of the session leaving the rest of the time for participants to engage in an interactive lesson. Once participants have been introduced to UDL I will lead them through a primary elementary music lesson and an intermediate/upper elementary music lesson employing the principles of UDL. After each lesson we will discuss the activities that were presented and how instructional strategies that I employed meet the learning needs of all students within an elementary music classroom. Participants will then view video of my students in the music classroom to see what these strategies look like with students in the classroom. Material presented will allow for immediate take-aways for Monday.

 First Steps and Orff Schulwerk 1/30

This session is geared toward elementary music educators and the content of the presentation is focused on pre-kindergarten to second graders. I will take participants through each part of the 8-part workout in Feierabend’s First Steps in Music. Participants will actively engage with each part of the 8-part workout through activities that focus on vocal development, movement exploration, beat development, and expression. I will engage participants in the activities as I would teach them within my own classrooms. I will bring participants attention to how additional manipulatives such as books and props can enhance the 8-part work out and Orff processes. Video of my students will be presented to show what the process looks like with students. Material presented will allow for immediate take-aways for Monday.

Prepare, Practice, Present: A Sound Before Sight Approach to Recorder 1/31

This session is geared for elementary music educators looking to refresh and grow their recorder program. Participants will be taken through the 12-step process of Conversational Solfege and how it applies to recorder instruction. While this recorder method is founded in Conversational Solfegeit is not necessary for participants to already use this curriculum in order to implement the strategies, rhymes, songs, and games shared in this session. I will demonstrate a variety of instructional strategies and games that will allow teachers to develop students’ skills aurally rather than starting recorder with the printed page. This session will be interactive as participants will engage with the content for the majority of the process. Video of my students will be shared to show participants that these instructional strategies are engaging and beneficial to students. Activities shared will be able to be immediate take-aways for their students on Monday.

 Folk Dancing Tricks from K to 6! 2/1

Folk dancing is an excellent classroom community builder. Participants will explore the connection between creative movement and beat keeping as the foundation of folk dancing. Participants will learn one folk dance, how to make that dance accessible to all grade levels and will learn how to choose alternative music to folk dance to. With immediate take-aways for Monday activities, will you come and dance with me?

CONTACT: Mark Hensler  EMAIL: pd_director@omea-ohio.org

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

MISSY STRONG

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: pd_director@omea-ohio.org

Jan
31
Fri
2020 Arizona Music Educators Association Convention
Jan 31 – Feb 1 all-day
2020 Arizona Music Educators Association Convention @ Delta Marriott Hotel

JOHN CREVER – Arizona MEA Convention

Schedule:
Meeting Literacy Standards with Conversational Solfege: Rhythm (10:00 – 11:00 AM Superstition South)
 
Building on Zoltan Kodaly’s idea of teaching music reading using authentic repertoire, solfege and planning out the preparation, presentation and cumulative practice of each notational 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 music 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.
 
Meeting Literacy Standards with Conversational Solfege: Tonal (3:00 – 4:00 PM Superstition North)
 
Inspired by Kodaly’s idea of teaching music reading by planning the teaching of each notation element cumulatively over time, Feierabend’s work, Conversational Solfege, utilizes an extensive survey of up to date research and pedagogy paired with accessible, authentic repertoire to teach Tonal music reading. This session will demonstrate how easy it is to track and influence progress with a 12-step approach while setting up an informed sequence of musical experiences utilizing solfege, songs and active games to model musical language acquisition conversationally by listening and responding, tonal and rhythmic reading, dictation, composition and improvisation with an “ear-first” approach.
 
Growing Tuneful, Beatful, Artful Children the Feierabend Way: Pt 1. Tuneful  (11:45 – 12:45 PM Superstition North)
 
All people are born with the potential to become musical. With limited music experiences in the early years, children consistently lose their intuitions for thinking tunes and responding to the expressiveness in music. For more than 40 years Dr. John Feierabend has been working to bring research into practice naturally, with a rich repertoire of traditional children’s songs, rhymes, games and dances intended to develop a child’s musical intuition and artfulness through regular musical workouts. This session will highlight building tuneful independence by focusing on pitch exploration, responding to song fragments, singing simple solo songs and arioso vocal improvisation
 
Growing Tuneful, Beatful, Artful Children the Feierabend Way: Pt 2. Movement (4:30 – 5:30 PM Superstition North)
 

In the curriculum First Steps in Music©, Dr. John Feierabend lays out what skills are essential for a child to master before music reading can be meaningful. Based on an extensive survey of research on beat development in infants through adolescents, Feierabend offers pathways to beatfulness and musical expressivity for every learner in the classroom with regular use of movement exploration warm-ups, movement for form and expression and keeping the beat activities. This will be an informative and experiential overview of the Feierabend way to teach early elementary movement in the classroom for children ages three to nine, and beyond.

 
Information: https://www.smore.com/dync8

 

Feb
12
Wed
Texas Music Educators Association Convention
Feb 12 – Feb 15 all-day
Texas Music Educators Association Convention @ Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center

RACHEL GRIMSBY

Prepare, Practice, Present : A Sound Before Sight Approach to Recorder

This session is geared for elementary music educators looking to refresh and grow their recorder program. Participants will be taken through the 12-step process of Conversational Solfege and how it applies to recorder instruction. While this recorder method is founded in Conversational Solfegeit is not necessary for participants to already use this curriculum in order to implement the strategies, rhymes, songs, and games shared in this session. I will demonstrate a variety of instructional strategies and games that will allow teachers to develop students’ skills aurally rather than starting recorder with the printed page. This session will be interactive as participants will engage with the content for the majority of the process. Video of my students will be shared to show participants that these instructional strategies are engaging and beneficial to students. Activities shared will be able to be immediate take-aways for their students on Monday.

Texas Music Educators Convention
Feb 12 – Feb 15 all-day
Texas Music Educators Convention @ Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center

MISSY STRONG

Does Kindergarten Music Matter? (TBA)

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.

How to Host a Family Folkdance Event” (TBA)

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!

 

Feb
20
Thu
New Jersey Music Educators Association Convention
Feb 20 – Feb 22 all-day
New Jersey Music Educators Association Convention @ Sheraton Atlantic City Convention

JOHN FEIERABEND

ENDANGERED MUSICAL MINDS

Children are born with potential to succeed in music. With inappropriate music experiences in the early years, children 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 dependent on appropriate early intervention.

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: Part One: Rhythmic Development 

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: Part Two Melodic Development 

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.

New Jersey Music Educators Association Convention
Feb 20 – Feb 22 all-day
New Jersey Music Educators Association Convention @ Sheraton Atlantic City Convention

RACHEL GRIMSBY

A Universal Approach To Music Education

Universal Design for Learning is an approach to education that considers how the curriculum and classroom environment may be disabling to a student rather than focusing on a student’s disability. Participants will learn about the principles of UDL, and applications to music education through activities and group discussion.

Prepare, Practice, Present: A Sound Before Sight Approach To Recorder

This session seeks to empower the participant a with renewed passion for teaching the  recorder. Participants will learn rhymes, songs and instructional strategies to initiate joyful and successful experiences with recorder. A exible instructional sequence, founded on Conversational Solfege, will be presented as participants experience the process of prepare, practice, present.

Mar
4
Wed
ACDA Eastern Division Conference
Mar 4 – Mar 7 all-day
ACDA Eastern Division Conference @ Rochester Convention Center

CRAIG KNAPP

Music Literacy in the Elementary Chorus Rehearsal

One of the challenges that elementary choral directors often face is building in quality time for music literacy during rehearsals. Rehearsal time is limited and we often find ourselves focusing on the preparation and demands of upcoming performances and concerts. This workshop will guide participants through a sequential series of activities, warm-ups, techniques, visuals and strategies, all implementing various rhythm and melodic units of Conversational Solfege.

Friday March 6th at 4:00 PM – Hilton Garden Inn and Saturday March 7th at 9:00 AM – Hilton Garden Inn

Contact:  Michael Schmidt; michael.s.schmidt29@gmail.com        https://acdaeast.orghttps://acdaeast.org

Aug
16
Sun
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

CRAIG KNAPP

FIRST STEPS IN MUSIC WITH ORFF SCHULWERK: SING, SAY, DANCE, PLAY 

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 mrknapp1@aol.com

NYS Summer Music Conference – Albany, NY