FAME Biennial Conference

FAME CON2022 in Philly Celebrates Our 10th Anniversary!

The Biennial FAME Conference provides essential professional development and networking opportunities for those utilizing First Steps in Music and Conversational Solfege. Music educators seeking to learn more about the work of Dr. Feierabend will also greatly benefit from attending. At the conference, teachers will learn from successful FAME teachers, share ideas, support, network with like-minded professionals, make music in community, and reinforce why the Feierabend Approach is so important to the world of music education. 

The 2022 Biennial Conference will take place at the Philadelphia Airport Marriott, July 15 – 17, 2022. Pre-conference offerings will be growing this conference as well!Sessions are led by outstanding practitioners and cover a wide range of topics from working with infants and toddlers to the use of Conversational Solfege in instrumental and choral settings, to the learning of new songs, chants, dances, and games that can be taken straight to your music classroom once the conference is done.

CLICK HERE to see a list of conference presentations

Registration is now open for our FAME Conference in Philiadelphia!

 Make your hotel reservations as well! It is sure to be the best FAME conference yet!



First Steps in Music for Preschool & Beyond 20-hour Certification Course

Dates:  Wednesday, July 13– Friday, July 15, 2022 9:00 a.m.– 5:00 p.m. | Instructor:  Stephanie Schall-Brazee

Course Description:  All children are born with the potential to become musical.  With inappropriate or no music experiences children can lose their intuitions for music.  This workshop will provide a bridge from research to practice by demonstrating how a repertoire of traditional children’s songs, rhymes, games and dances as well as movement with classical music can develop the next generation of tuneful, beatful and artful citizens. To achieve that goal, an 8-part curriculum will be presented that can be easily used with preschool and elementary aged children.

Cost:  $400 per participant; 1 graduate credit through the Hartt School of Music is available (see more info below)


Conversational Solfege Level 1 & 2 20-hour Certification Course

Dates:  Wednesday, July 13– Friday, July 15, 2022 9:00 a.m.– 5:00 p.m. | Instructor:  David Rankine

Course Description:  Through carefully sequenced activities, this engaging workshop will demonstrate 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.  Each rhythm or tonal element will be explored in patterns, songs and themes from classical literature.

Cost:  $400 per participant; 1 graduate credit through the Hartt School of Music is available (see more info below) 


Check out our TWO Pre-Conference Workshops:

Can’t do an entire certification course but want to get into a Tuneful, Beatful and Artful frame of mind before being immersed in the conference weekend?  Check out these unique pre-conference opportunities!

Move, Move, Move: A Two-Part Workshop

Date: Friday, July 15, 2022, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. | Instructors:  Peggy Hayes (Morning Session), Jane Kahan (Afternoon Session)

Workshop Description:  A one-day workshop delivered in two sessions will explore the movement components of the First Steps in Music workout. In the morning session, 8:00 – 12:00 p.m , we welcome Move It co-creator Peggy Hayes as she leads participants through the finer points of developing and creating expressive movement in the form of “Move It”. 

In the afternoon session, 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. we welcome the Book of Movement Exploration co-creator and Laban specialist, Jane Kahan. Participants will explore concepts inspired by the work of Rudolf von Laban, a Hungarian-born dancer who studied and analyzed the qualities of human movement. A deeper look into communicating through movement with Laban’s ten themes will also be explored.

Cost:  $150 per participant


First Steps in Music for Infants & Toddlers: A Workshop

Date:  Friday, July 15, 2022 from 8:00am – 12:00 pm | Instructor:  Connie Greenwood

Workshop Description: A half-day workshop covering all things infant and toddler!

Come learn the essential techniques behind First Steps in Music for Infants and Toddlers with FAME Endorsed Teacher Trainer, Connie Greenwood. Connie’s mission is to help the youngest children reach their true musical potential through creative music and movement.  Through singing, instrument play, and movement exploration she guides both parents and their little ones in reaching their musical potential to create tuneful, beatful and artful learners. 

Cost:  $75 per participant


General Conference Information

The main conference kicks off on Friday, July 15th at 6:30 in the evening with the ever-popular Strawberry Social and evening Folk Dance.  Put on your dancing shoes and join us for a fun evening of traditional folk dancing led by Rick Mohr – with a live band! In addition, enjoy the traditional Saturday evening Banquet (included in conference registration) and Community Sing.

As always, you can enjoy informative and engaging sessions presented by experienced master teachers who will demonstrate applications and insights of First Steps in Music and Conversational Solfege.  All this is presented at the ultra-convenient Marriott Hotel at the Philadelphia Airport. Join us in the excitement and find thoughtful and energetic fellowship with others who share the 30-year plan for a more tuneful, beatful, and artful world.

Whether you are a student just learning about the Feierabend Approach to Music Education or a seasoned educator who has used this method for years, you are guaranteed to learn something new at the FAME Conference.  It is a great weekend with like-minded people who all share the same enthusiasm.

For participants interested in earning graduate credit, did you know that by attending the conference you can earn one graduate credit through the Hartt School?  See information below.  Make your plans NOW to join us in Philly at #FAMEadelphia!

Early Registration pricing through June 30, 2022:

$250 for FAME Members

$320 for Non-Members (includes a one-year membership)

$100 for FAME Student Members

Conference Registration pricing beginning July 1, 2022:

$320 for FAME Members

$390 for Non-Members (includes a one-year membership)

$125 for FAME Student Members

Pre-Conference 20-Hour Certification Courses (July 13– 15, 8:00am to 5:00pm)

$400 per participant

Pre-Conference Workshops

$75 per half day (Infant and Toddlers Workshop)

$150 per full day (Move Move Move Workshop)

Graduate Credit available through the Hartt School

$245 per credit.  More information to come on the Hartt Summerterm Webpage.


Accommodations at the Philadelphia Airport Marriott: $133 per night, plus taxes and fees

Register today!



FAME invites music teachers and college students to apply for scholarships to cover the costs to attend the FAME Conference July 15 to 17, 2022.

  •         2 full registration scholarships for a music teacher. 
  •         2 full registration scholarships for a BBIAPOC teacher
  • (Black, Brown, Indigenous, Asian Person of Color)
  •         2 full registration scholarships for a college student. 
  •         2 full registration scholarships for a BBIAPOC student.
  •         1 Certification Scholarship (either First Steps in Music or Conversational Solfege
  •         1 Certification BBIAPOC Scholarship (either FSM or CS)

Certification schedule 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, July 13 and Thursday July 14 and 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Friday, July 15.

DEADLINE – Sunday, May 1, 2022. Awards will be notified by May 15, 2022

Apply at https://forms.gle/p6QWnABWdEksF1gs6


“Join us for an inspiring weekend – bringing music educators together to experience the joy and exuberance of song and dance, the opportunity to explore best practices in teaching methods, and the benefit of sharing common experiences with colleagues who share a passion for advancing musical learning for all students.”

                                  – Dr. John Feierabend









Hartt Summerterm:


The first FAME Biennial Conference took place in Hartford, CT at the University of Hartford Magnet School July 25th through 27th, 2014.

Click here to see or download John Feierabend’s Keynote Address at this historic first Conference.

Click here to see a great video with highlights from the 2014 Conference and information about the sessions at the Conference.

Members of FAME receive discounted registration fees and get up to date information about the Conference.