Move It! Activities

Move it! activities are a way for students of all ages to connect with the expressive part of music on their journey to become more artful. The movements and gestures were created to reflect both this expressive quality and the form of each piece, embodying Dr. Feierabend’s theories of music and movement development. The movements often elicit those “goose bump” moments that happen when we truly connect with the expressive intent of the composer. 

Periodically, we will debut another new Move it! complete with a video and detailed, written directions for how to perform it. This is something exclusive to FAME members only, so we hope you enjoy this exclusive benefit of membership. If you’re not already a member, sign up now!

NOTE: All Move It videos and resources are presented for demonstration purposes as an educational resource for teacher’s only. It is the individual’s responsibility to obtain proper license and copyright permissions for any and all works presented in your classroom or shared publicly.


Watch Our Newest Move It- “The Can Can”

A new Move-It based on Jacques Offenbach’s famous composition based on the high-kicking dance “The Can Can”.  This Move-it was choreographed by Peggy Lyman Hayes and John Feierabend.   This recording of them premiering their work at the 2018 FAME  conference in Chicago, Illinois .  The video first shows the creators premiering their work with the audience watching.  Next, the entire room gets up and is led by Hayes and Feierabend.   This Move It would be enjoyed by students of all ages and would be perfect to use during the reading steps of Conversational Solfege Unit 1.


Ballet of the Unhatched Chicks by Connie Greenwood
The Comedians: Pantomime by Missy Strong
Country Gardens by Betsy Greene
Dance of the Sugarplum Fairy by Missy Strong
Estonian Lullaby by David Rankine
Gypsy Rondo by Dr. Feierabend
Hungarian Dance #5 by Missy Strong
Lágrima by Bron Lawson
Rondo ala Turca by Anna Wiles
Sicilienne by Missy Strong
Swan Lake, Act II: Finale by Lindsay Jackson
Swan Lake, Act III: Spanish Dance by Lindsay Jackson
Suite No. 1 in E-Flat Major, II. Intermezzoby Leslie Weaver
Toccata from ‘Suite Gothique’ by David Rankine

The Entertainer by Scott Joplin

Baby Move Its
Hungarian Dance for Infants and Toddlers by Connie Greenwood
March of the Toreadors for Infants and Toddlers by Missy Strong

Leroy Anderson’s ‘Sleigh Ride’by Emily Maurek
The Nutcracker: Dance of the Sugarplum Fairy by Missy Strong
The Nutcracker: Hot Chocolate by Elizabeth Linsley

Blue Goose Rag by Marguerite Wilder and Kevin Boyle
Rialto Ripples by Emily Maurek
Skating by John Crever

Just for Fun
Duel of the Fates by Missy Strong
Imperial March by Missy Strong