The First Steps in Music curriculum is designed to build a child’s musical potential by exercising their natural Tuneful, Beatful, and Artful abilities. First Steps in Music for Infants and Toddlers provides developmentally appropriate lessons that are well suited for children under three years old with their caregivers. First Steps in Music for Preschool and Beyond provides lessons for children as young as three, but is appropriate for any aged child that needs to further develop their ability to think tunes, move with the beat and respond to the expressive qualities music. Traditional folk songs, rhymes and classical music are the primary source materials used to develop their musical minds.
Created by Dr. John Feierabend, from his decades of research, this pedagogical approach is contained in two books and 8 CD’s, packed with repertoire, activities and directions, performance indicators, assessment tracking and three years worth of example lesson plans for infants/toddlers or preschool through elementary.
Significant class time will be spent on learning the techniques and activities necessary to get started while exploring the rich repertoire of Pitch Exploration activities, Fragment Songs, Simple Songs, SongTales, Expressive Creative Movement, Circle Games, Action Songs, Beat Motion activities and more. Participants who successfully complete this course will receive an official certificate of completion from the Feierabend Association for Music Education (FAME).
Graduate credits (2) available with additional work.
Conversational Solfege is a music-reading curriculum that grows literacy by developing a deeper understanding of music reading through patterns, traditional folk songs, rhymes and classical music as the primary source material. CS is intended for music teachers who have completed First Steps in Music and learners who have already demonstrated they can think tunes, move with the beat and respond to the expressive qualities music.
This course will show how to use the teacher’s manual to introduce students to music literacy by an “ear-first” approach, similar to how we all learned language as a child. Music teachers will learn how to utilize Feierabend’s 12 steps to build student’s conversationally improvised musical ideas into original written compositions.
Significant class time will be spent learning about each of the twelve steps, how to use the teacher’s manual to plan measurable learning units, picking repertoire, practice Techniques to create lesson that intensify musical thinking for every student, and techniques to quickly assess student achievement.
Participants who successfully complete this course will receive an official certificate of completion from the Feierabend Association for Music Education (FAME). Graduate credits (2) available with additional work.
Certification Courses Offered
2 Graduate Credits Available for Each Class
First Steps in Music Overview Part 1: Singing (90-180 min)
Part 2: Moving (90-180 min)
Conversational Solfege Level 1 & 2 Overview
Part 1: Rhythmic (90-180 min)
Part 2: Tonal (90-180 min)
Literacy Strengthening Techniques for the Music Classroom
Part 1: Early Elementary (90 min)
Part 2: Upper Elementary (90 min)
Additional Workshops Offered
Creative Movement with a Purpose
Teach with a 30 Year Plan (60 min)
Next Steps: Singing in Harmony
A Pathway to Part-Singing in the Upper Elementary Vocal Music Class (90-180 min)
First Steps with Upper Elementary
Word Wall (60-90 min)
The "About Music" Part of the Lesson
Music for Infants and Toddlers Interacting Musically from the First Day Home (90-180 min)
Music for Preschoolers
Initiating a Fun Musical Workout (90-180 min)
Professional Development Talks
for Music Teachers
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