FAME Teacher Spotlight – Craig Knapp
Name: Craig B. Knapp
School System: Hofstra University
State: New York
Grade Taught: Graduate Level Course in Conversational Solfege
Education: Bachelor of Music, Crane School of Music State University of New York at Potsdam; Master of Arts, School of Professional Development State University of New York at Stony Brook; Kodaly and Fame Certification, Hartt School of Music University of Hartford
FAME member since: July 2012 – Founding Member. Endorsed Teacher Trainer for CS
Classes/Workshops in First Steps or Conversational Solfege:
First Steps – July 2010
Conversational Solfege, Levels 1 & 2 – July 2011
Conversational Solfege, Upper Levels – July 2012
Conversational Solfege Teacher Training Pre-Apprenticeship Observation – July 2013
Conversational Solfege, Level 1 & 2, Teacher Trainer Apprenticeship – July 2014
How has FS/CS changed your teaching?
After studying Kodály with Dr. Feierabend at the Hartt School of Music in 2010, I knew my teaching would be transformed in ways I never thought possible. The best thing to happen to my instruction was implementing the Conversational Solfege method into my teaching. The results have been unparalleled. The 12 Steps of Music Literacy are sequenced in such a way that guarantees success for my students. My teaching has never been more structured, and the lessons have never been more joyful. I am honored to have completed my Teacher Training apprenticeship in Conversational Solfege Levels 1 and 2 under Dr. Feierabend in 2014. I had an amazing experience and I’m excited to spread his teachings and philosophy to future generations of music educators. I want all children to have the opportunity to become tuneful, beatful, and artful while experiencing musical excellence in a creative environment.
How has FS/CS changed your students?
My children are active participants and the learning and growth are evident and effective to document and measure. The Conversational Solfege process is clear, the outcomes occur very naturally, and tracking progress is easy to monitor with a variety of ongoing assessments. My students are excited to arrive and sad they have to leave at the end of class.
Craig B. Knapp is in his 18th year teaching Classroom Music and Chorus, grades 3 through 5, at the Joseph A. Edgar Intermediate School in the Rocky Point School District, where he teaches his elementary music students through Conversational Solfege. Craig has studied closely with Dr. John Feierabend every summer since 2010, earning OAKE and FAME certification.
With his innovative and energetic approach to music education, Craig Knapp directs the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra of New York’s Children’s Treble Choirs (www.myo.org), where he has conducted at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. Craig has presented elementary classroom music and choral workshops at various music education conferences.
Mr. Knapp is a Past-President of Suffolk County Music Educators’ Association and is actively involved with New York State School Music Association. He is an adjunct professor at Hofstra University where he teaches the FAME endorsed Conversational Solfege course and he is the Administrative Program Coordinator for the Orff-Schulwerk Summer Studies. Craig is the Membership Chairperson for LIAOSA (Long Island Chapter of the American Orff Schulwerk Association). Craig is a Lifetime Member of the Feierabend Association for Music Education and serves on their Board of Directors as Member at Large.