Game Changers: Using the Techniques in Conversational Solfege

Betsy Greene
Saturday, July 16th: 9:45 am to 10:45 am

Ken Olsen Science Center Chairman’s Room

Presented as “games,” the techniques play a critical role in skill development at every step of Conversational Solfege. Each technique allows the student to acquire skill while playing “the game” making learning joyful as well as seamless and effortless. Techniques don’t need to be a stand alone activity in your lessons, however, and can elevate the music making experience especially when applied to repertoire to build form or texture. See how to effectively integrate techniques with literature or song selections in your lessons not only to develop skill but to enhance repertoire, meet literacy objectives, as well as creating performance options from classroom literature.

Participants will learn:

  • how to apply techniques to create form: CS decode technique: Forbidden pattern and CS create technique: Think for Yourself to Unit 3: Humpty Dumpty to create an ABA form (A – Humpty Dumpty; B – improvised section).
  • how to transfer Humpty Dumpty ABA to instruments or body percussion and bring to performance.
  • how to apply a technique to become the “game” or doing task while teacher sings/introduces a new song.
  • how to apply 2 techniques to a song selection to meet more than one literacy objective with one song in a lesson.
  • how to apply techniques to a song selection to create texture: CS: Create or Write: Create technique applied to Unit song selection to create an accompaniment.


Betsy GreeneBetsy Greene teaches K-5 general music in Burlington, Vermont. She also started and helps manage a First Steps in Music Program for the community at her school (since 2000). Betsy holds a B.M.Ed. from the Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam and a M.M.Ed from the Hartt School, University of Hartford. She is both Orff-Schulwerk and Kodaly certified (all three levels).In addition to teaching children, Betsy is a frequent clinician for general music and music literacy workshops in Vermont School Districts and local music education conferences as well as a teacher of graduate courses for music educators in the summer (Conversational Solfege and First Steps in Music).