FAME Teacher Spotlight – Lindsay Jackson
Name: Lindsay Jackson
School: The Shipley School
Bryn Mawr, PA
2nd – 5th General Music and Chorus
B.M.Ed – Westminster Choir College, Rider University (2005)
M.M.Ed – Hartt School, University of Hartford (2012)
Served as Graduate Assistant to Dr. John Feierabend
FAME member since: Founding Member, July 2012
Classes/Workshops in First Steps or Conversational Solfege: FSM/CS 2012
Most powerful aspect of FS/CS (how has FS/CS:
Both FS and CS create independent musicians. This alone is the most powerful aspect for me. Whether becoming “Tuneful, Beatful, and Artful” through the FS curriculum or musically literate through the 12 Steps of CS, my students take ownership for their learning every step of the way. Each class, my students gain skills and understanding that allow them to take control of their learning and develop musical independence. When I can step back and watch my students engage in learning without my help, that is when I know that authentic learning is happening.
How has FS/CS changed your teaching?
I taught general music (PK-6) for 5 years prior to studying with Dr. Feierabend in graduate school (2010-2012). During that time, I found myself hyper focused on the details of music literacy and making sure my students understood the components of music. My students comprehended a great deal and performed music accurately, but I knew something was lacking.
Since returning to the classroom, I find my lessons to be musically engaging from start to finish. Every moment is musical, from singing rounds to decoding patterns with CS. I find the sequencing to be intuitive and engaging. I am also modeling for my students in a more musical way, because the repertoire and methodology makes it happen almost without effort.
How has FS/CS changed your students?
Since incorporating FS/CS my students exude more joy and musicality. They sing and move with expression, and they always look forward to music class. Parents in the car line will tell me that their children sing in the car on the way home and can’t wait to share what they learned in music. Learning to read musical notation has also become more intuitive for my students. I remember the first time I handed my fourth graders a choral octavo that contained rhythms that they knew. They not only sight-read with rhythm syllables accurately, but they did so with musical expression. That was the moment that proved to me that CS creates literate, independent, and artful musicians.
Lindsay has been teaching general music and choir at the Shipley School in Bryn Mawr, PA since 2012. She has also served as Music Director of the Tuxedo Park School in Tuxedo Park, NY, where she taught general music and choir. Lindsay holds a B.M.Ed. from Westminster Choir College, Ride University (2005) and a M.M.Ed from the Hartt School, University of Hartford, CT (2012). While at Hartt, Lindsay served as the graduate assistant for Dr. John Feierabend. She is certified in Kodály (Levels 1-4) and FAME (First Steps and Conversational Solfege).
In addition to teaching, Lindsay is very active in the Organization of American Kodály Educators and is currently serving as President of the New Jersey chapter (Kodály New Jersey). She is also a founding member of the Feierabend Association of Music Education. In 2014, Lindsay was awarded the Colleague Recognition Award by the Shipley School for innovation, creativity, and excellence in music.
In her spare time, Lindsay sings with the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia. She also enjoys practicing yoga, gardening, and cooking lots of delicious food.