Bridges to the Community: Beyond the Music Classroom

Lillie Feierabend
Sunday, July 17th: 8:30 am – 9:30 am
Ken Olsen Science Center Chairman’s Room

The school year provides many opportunities for our students to become involved with music. When we provide experiences outside the classroom, we also make them available to our faculty, school and community. When the community is invited to participate in our music programs, they become invested in the child’s development and the growth of the music program, as well. It is our job to create opportunities for all the members of our community to become involved with music on a continuous and consistent basis throughout the day, the month and the year. Participants will be introduced to a dozen ways to enrich the musical growth and development of their students, their school and their community.

Participants will be introduced to a dozen ways to enrich the musical development of their students. These include Morning Music, Grade Level Dance Program, All School Sing, Weekly “Ask Me” Notes, Family Folk Dance, Parents and Babies Classes/Pre-K Music, Parent Participation Classes, May Day Festival, Summer Music CD, Music Lending Library, Classroom Teacher Resources , and Individual Student Portfolios.


Lillie FeierabendLillie Feierabend is known for her work with young children and for instilling a love of music within them. This is her fifteenth year at the University of Hartford Magnet School and seventeenth as a director for the Connecticut Children’s Chorus. In 1998 she received the Teacher of the Year Award from Canton Schools for her innovative and inclusive music programs.  In 2008, she again received her district’s Teacher of the Year Award and the Outstanding Elementary Music Educator Award from the Connecticut Music Educators Association. Lillie is a frequent clinician at local, state and national conferences and a guest conductor for regional honors choirs. She also teaches at Silver Lake College in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, Gordon College in Boston, Anderson University in Indiana, and The Hartt School at the University of Hartford. She is Past President of KESNE, and a member of NAfME, OAKE, CMEA and ACDA, for which she served as National Children’s Honor Choir Chair for the 2010 Conference.