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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 Hotel


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


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: