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Virtual. Conversational Solfege 1 & 2 Certification
Aug 2 @ 8:00 am – Aug 6 @ 4:00 pm
Virtual. Conversational Solfege 1 & 2 Certification @ Music-COMP and Castleton University
Betsy Greene, Endorsed Teacher Trainer.  Virtual Conversational Solfege 1 & 2 Certification   

Aug. 2 – 6, 2021    8 am – 4 pm  |. 45 hrs. PD hours or 3 graduate credits     $1,900/3 grad. credits  $1500/Workshop only

Contact: Matt LaRocca |

Conversational Solfege (CS) is a pedagogical method used to develop music literacy and was created by leading music educator Dr. John Feierabend of the Hartt School of Music. Based on the same premise used to teach conversational foreign languages (one should learn with his/her ears before learning with his/her eyes), CS first develops an understanding of music through the use of rhythm and solfege syllables at a conversational level, then gradually evolves into traditional notation. Teachers will learn how to carefully sequence activities to enable students to joyfully assimilate the skills and content to be musically literate, as well as learn various techniques to allow acquisition of music reading and writing, dictation, improvisation, and composition in an intuitive manner. CS also will address lesson planning, unit planning, and assessment. This class is applicable to all music educators. Both CS Level I and Level II will be covered.  Virtual instruction modes during scheduled class time will include lecture combined group work and practice on and/or offline.


The objectives for the class are as follows:

To understand the philosophy, history, and learning sequence presented in Conversational SolfegeTM

To understand when and how to teach music literacy using Conversational SolfegeTM

To develop teaching skills necessary to present lessons with appropriate materials and music activities using the method of Conversational SolfegeTM”    

Aug. 2 – 6, 2021    8 am – 4 pm            45 hrs. PD hours or 3 graduate credits