Registration Follow-Up Letter.

Please take the time to read the letter for your class if you did not receive it in email following registration.

Hello and thank you for the First Steps in Music Teacher Certification Course. I feel privileged to be able to facilitate this opportunity and share the Feierabend philosophies, pedagogy and curriculum resources with you. I'm also really excited because these summer courses bring together the most dedicated teachers to discuss music literacy curriculum.  We sing and dance a lot, share a lot, solve a lot of problems with the experience in the room, learn lots of techniques and ways of looking at what we already do as valuable, as well as considering as few things we might not be doing to service our student's long-term music literacy growth.

 

Date & Location

TBA.  Generally, class runs 8:30-4:30.

 

Required Pre-Course Learning

In an effort to streamline our training and spend the maximum amount of time in active learning, I’d like to cut down on the lecture time in class  and have some pre-course video learning to lay the groundwork for the course.  If you already have access to the DVD series from GIA First Steps in Music:_The Lectures, please take time to view the first two lectures before class starts.  If you do not own these lectures already,  here is a link to a page with the lectures.  Let me know if you have any questions.  The page describes how to access the video stream once a purchase is made.  The lectures are $10 a piece at the GIA site.  A great way to get together with friends and share ideas about music literacy.

 

The first two lectures in the series are: 1: Who’s a Musical Person, and 2: Endangered Musical Minds.  If you’re planning on doing infant and toddler classes, you will find the third lecture interesting as well.

 

Please view the first two lectures in the series before class starts. 

https://giamusic.com/store/search?elSearchTerm=SV-875&x=0&y=0

 

CREDITS

Credits & CEU’s will be available by registering online through Seattle Pacific University on the link provided on my website.  The cost of credits is $55 per, and there are two available ($110). There’s minimal nightly reading homework, We do the performance aspect of grading during class and the paper is lesson plans (outlines verses detailed procedures, to demonstrate understanding of the process, and an in-class exam).  Participants find the work enjoyable and relevant to the class and useful later on when adopting the curriculum into their classrooms. 2 CEU’s (20 chair hours) can also be documented through SPU and require no assignment. These are transferable in HR offices but not necessary to count towards most state’s PD hours requirements.  FAME (Feierabend Association of Music Education) will issue a 20-hour certificate a few weeks after the completion of class.   To register for credits, go to my website and follow the link.

 

Pre and Post- Course Online learning

I’ve worked hard to see that our 20 hours together is used in a meaningful way that will allow you to feel like you’ve had enough hands-on time with the curriculum.  The course is balanced with just enough research and information, to inform our teaching paired with lots of example and doing.  But, 20 hours isn’t enough time to share lengthy examples which leave us thinking, turn ideas in our heads and come back and talk about them with our colleagues.   I will share a couple video links ahead of time and I ask that you view them before class.  I also ask that you participate in two post class discussions.  

BOOKS

I've found it's good to have the green teacher manual – “First Steps in Music, Preschool and Beyond " (aka green"),  $46  - in class for reference to study for your own enrichment and if you plan to do the curriculum in school, there are three years’ worth of sample lesson plans in the back to help you get started.    It's also useful to have at least the first year cds (had a little rooster https://www.giamusic.com/search_details.cfm?title_id=7913 and keeping the beat https://www.giamusic.com/search_details.cfm?title_id=7913)

 

I will have the teacher manual available in the book store, please let me know if you would like to reserve one and have it waiting for you in class.  I will also have some expansion items on hand available for purchase that make the curriculum easier to use like the

 

 

Expanding the Book Options:

The publisher GIA offers online "First Steps in Music, Preschool and Beyond Basic Package" ($89.95 teacher curriculum book plus four cds) https://www.giamusic.com/search_details.cfm?title_id=7590

 

What is often overlooked, but essential to success with the curriculum is:

“ Move-it! 1”  DVD https://www.giamusic.com/search_details.cfm?title_id=8499 ($45)  This one item will have a memorable impact on every person in the room and requires the DVD to learn how to do this part of the curriculum.   This is also necessary because the manual only has a couple examples with the directions written out. 

 

The other necessary book to be successful with FSM is “The Book of Creative Movement Exploration”(    $14.95)  This is necessary because the manual only has a couple examples. 

 

JOHN’S BASIC PACKAGE

I’d like to offer you a DIFFERENT BASIC PACKAGE that I call JOHN’S BASIC PACKAGE.  While it’s more money up front, I put this discounted package together as what I think teachers need to have on hand to be successful with FSIM.

 

JOHN’S BASIC PACKAGE $120.  Let me know a couple weeks before if you want this.

  1. First Steps in Music, Preschool and Beyond, (Green Book)

  2. The Book of Creative Movement Exploration

  3. Move-it! 1  DVD

  4. CD “Had a Little Rooster”  to go with first year of lesson plans

  5. CD Keeping the Beat

 

After that, there are many add on options that I will have available in class to try out.  If I was going to add to this, I'd add some flash card sets ($20 each): Vocal Exploration Pathways, Pitch Exploration Stories, Down by the Bay, Oh In the Woods and maybe some Songtale books.  After that there are many song collections for different areas of the workout as well as for growing Tuneful, Beatful, Artful upper elementary.  I’ll bring those along for perusal and purchase. 

 

While you could order them through the publisher GIA, I have copies available and it saves you the shipping.  If you would like to reserve a copy, you can pay for it at the store. See below for other books options.

 

If you would like me to include books and resources into the invoice, please let me know.   Below are links to the entire GIA catalog.  I can invoice together with class or separate, just ask.  The books will be waiting for you at class, shipping cost waived.   

 

Bookstore at Class

I will have a GIA Feierabend Pop-up store at the class to handle and purchase the resources.   Some expansion items on hand available for purchase, that make the curriculum easier to use, like the CDs corresponding to the lesson plans, all the song collection books and song tale storybooks and  large pitch exploration and echo song flash cards as well as a bunch of small accessories like puppets for Arioso pitch exploration and felted microphones for solo play. 

 

If you know you're going to need a teacher's manual, or you know you are going to want a copy of the Infant/Toddler manual, please let me know at least 3 weeks before ( by July 11).  The manuals are heavy and take a while to arrive by ground delivery.

 

If you are thinking about a large, district purchase of resources, please email John at info@music-ade.com. We can obtain these resources at a discounted, bulk price for you. Below are links to the entire GIA catalog.  The books will be waiting for you at class, shipping cost waived.  I will also have a GIA Feierabend Pop-up store at the class to handle and purchase the resources. If you know you're going to need a CS teacher's manual, please let me know at least 3 weeks before the class date.  

 

Anything you see at the GIA website/catalog I can have for you at class without shipping. Let me know at least three weeks in advance if there are resources you'd like me to have on hand for you at class.  

 

The Podcast

Please check out the new podcast The Tuneful, Beatful, Artful Music Teacher.   Missy Strong packs each awesome episode with relevant professional shop-talk about the craft of teaching elementary music.  Please try and listen to them and get a feel for the conversations.

https://www.feierabendmusic.org/category/fame-podcast/

 

 

ACTION ITEM TO DO

  • Pay balance

  •  three weeks before class, request any resources needed for class via order form here: https://forms.gle/yYwM84DiMmd19Pqe8

  • View the online video lectures mentioned above.

 

Please let me know if I can be of further assistance. I'll let you know when I receive payment.  For copies of the class specific flyers, head over to my web page www.music-ade.com.  On the front page are  PDF flyers of each class as well as an info sheet about Feierabend, myself and the various classes.  These flyers can be helpful seeking support from admins.

 

I look forward to meeting and sharing together.

 

Always Musically,

John

 

FEIER-TALK

Please join the specific Facebook class groups that you are interested in to stay current on the class discussion. 

 

Main Facebook Page

To get a feel for the community of music educators and follow the discussions. Just ask to join.

Feierabend Fundamentals page:

https://Feierabend Fundamentals www.facebook.com/groups/feierabendfundamentals/ 

FAME of the West

To stay current on events in the western community of music educators, please join.

Regional Feierabend Page

https://www.facebook.com/groups/FAMEWest/

 

and other FB class pages possibly of interest.

 

Rock Springs, WY

https://www.facebook.com/groups/433977337142075/

 

Montana 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/140608169891270/

 

Seattle, WA

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1685285684891687/

 

Idaho

https://www.facebook.com/groups/291308958049507/

 

Salt Lake City, UT

https://www.facebook.com/groups/2038105436459187/

 

Minneapolis, MN

https://www.facebook.com/groups/142962463184847/

 

Bend Oregon

https://www.facebook.com/groups/818279425026208/

 

Portland, OR  

https://www.facebook.com/groups/179441989474252/

 

San Francisco Bay Area

https://www.facebook.com/groups/140635766569977/?ref=share

 

San Diego

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1523188441130773/?ref=share

 

Los Angeles

https://www.facebook.com/groups/537058369999968/?ref=share

 

Phoenix

https://www.facebook.com/groups/138146293494503/?ref=share

 

also see Twitter and Instagram

 

All of the Conversational Solfege™ Books and Resources Links

https://www.giamusic.com/store/resource/conversational-solfege-ultimate-package-book-g5380d

 

Here's a link to All the First Steps in Music© materials, I'll have some popular and perusal copies on hand and if we run out, GIA will send additional copies for purchase.  

https://www.giamusic.com/music_education/johnfeierabend-main-first-steps.cfm

 

 

Here’s a link to access the entire printed version of the GIA educational catalog.   Again, I can include any of these resources in the class order.  

https://www.giamusic.com/store/music-education-catalog

Hello and thank you for your registration for the Conversational Solfege Teacher Certification Course.  I feel privileged to be able to facilitate this opportunity and share the Feierabend philosophies, pedagogy and curriculum resources with you. I'm also really excited because these certification courses bring together the most dedicated teachers to discuss music literacy curriculum. We sing and dance a lot, share a lot, solve a lot of problems with the experience in the room, learn lots of techniques and ways of looking at what we already do as valuable, as well as considering as few things we might not be doing to service our student's long-term music literacy growth.  I look forward to meeting.

Date & Location

TBA.  Generally, class runs 8:30-4:30.

Required Pre-Course Learning

In an effort to streamline our training and spend the maximum amount of time in active learning, I’d like to cut down on the lecture time in class  and have some pre-course video learning to lay the groundwork for the course.  If you already have access to the DVD series from GIA emntitled Conversational Solfege Explained, please take time before class starts to view the first lecture  on the history of solfege and the research and pedagogical philosophies behind Conversational SOlfege and Feieraebnd's 12-step approach to music reading .  If you do not own these lectures already,  here is a link to a page with the lectures.  Let me know if you have any questions.  The page describes how to access the video stream once a purchase is made.  The lectures are $10 a piece at the GIA site.  A great way to get together with friends and share ideas about music literacy.

BOOKS

I've found it's good to have the purple teacher manual – Conversational Solfege™ Level 1 - in class for reference to study for your own enrichment and if you plan to do the curriculum in school.  I will have the teacher manual available in the book store, please let me know if you would like to reserve one and have it waiting for you in class.  I will also have some expansion items on hand available for purchase that make the curriculum easier to use like the CD of corresponding listening for each unit and the pattern flashcards, word walls and sign paddles. The second book heavily referenced in the course is Level 2 (Units 5-14, aka the orange book $48).  It won't be necessary for a year or more into the curriculum, however, because there are some cool stepping stones to singing in harmony included in the level 2 book, I would liek teachers to purchase both manuals.  

 

Please be mindful of the dates to notify me at info@music-ade.com to order the books for you.

 

If you’re thinking about a large, district purchase of resources, please email John at info@music-ade.com. We can obtain these resources at a discounted, bulk price for you. Below are links to the entire GIA catalog.  The books will be waiting for you at class, shipping cost waived.  I will also have a GIA Feierabend Pop-up store at the class to handle and purchase the resources. If you know you're going to need a CS teacher's manual, please let me know at least 3 weeks before the class date.  

 

Anything you see at the GIA website/catalog I can have for you at class without shipping. Let me know at least three weeks in advance if there are resources you'd like me to have on hand for you at class.  

 

CREDITS

Credits & CEU’s will be available by registering online through Seattle Pacific University on the link provided on my website.  The cost of credits is $55 per, and there are two available ($110). There’s minimal nightly reading homework, We do the performance aspect of grading during class and the paper is lesson plans (outlines verses detailed procedures, to demonstrate understanding of the process, and an in-class exam).  Participants find the work enjoyable and relevant to the class and useful later on when adopting the curriculum into their classrooms. 2 CEU’s (20 chair hours) can also be documented through SPU and require no assignment. These are transferable in HR offices but are not necessary to count towards most state’s PD hours requirements.  FAME (Feierabend Association of Music Education) will issue a 20-hour certificate a few weeks after the completion of class.   To register for credits, go to my website and follow the link.
 

The Podcast

Please check out the new podcast The Tuneful, Beatful, Artful Music Teacher.   Missy Strong packs each awesome episode with relevant professional shop-talk about the craft of teaching elementary music.  Please try and listen to them and get a feel for the conversations.

https://www.feierabendmusic.org/category/fame-podcast/

 

ACTION ITEM TO DO

  • Pay balance

  • three weeks before class, request any resources needed for class via order form here: https://forms.gle/yYwM84DiMmd19Pqe8

  • View the online video lectures mentioned above

 

Please let me know if I can be of further assistance. I'll let you know when I receive payment.  For copies of the class specific flyers, head over to my web page www.music-ade.com and there are PDFs of each class as well as an info sheet about Feierabend, myself and the various classes.  These flyers can be helpful seeking support. 

 

I look forward to meeting and sharing together. 

 

Always Musically,

John

 

 

FEIER-TALK

Please join the specific Facebook class groups that you are interested in to stay current on the class discussion. 

 

FAME of the West

To stay current on events in the western community of music educators, please join.

Regional Feierabend Page

https://www.facebook.com/groups/FAMEWest/

 

Main Facebook Page

To get a feel for the community of music educators and follow the discussions. Just ask to join.

Feierabend Fundamentals page:

https://Feierabend Fundamentals www.facebook.com/groups/feierabendfundamentals/ 

 

and other FB class pages possibly of interest.

 

Rock Springs, WY

https://www.facebook.com/groups/433977337142075/

 

Montana 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/140608169891270/

 

Seattle, WA

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1685285684891687/

 

Idaho

https://www.facebook.com/groups/291308958049507/

 

Salt Lake City, UT

https://www.facebook.com/groups/2038105436459187/

 

Minneapolis, MN

https://www.facebook.com/groups/142962463184847/

 

Bend Oregon

https://www.facebook.com/groups/818279425026208/

 

Portland, OR  

https://www.facebook.com/groups/179441989474252/

 

San Francisco Bay Area

https://www.facebook.com/groups/140635766569977/?ref=share

 

San Diego

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1523188441130773/?ref=share

 

Los Angeles

https://www.facebook.com/groups/537058369999968/?ref=share

 

Phoenix

https://www.facebook.com/groups/138146293494503/?ref=share

 

 

All of the Conversational Solfege™ Books and Resources Links

https://www.giamusic.com/store/resource/conversational-solfege-ultimate-package-book-g5380d

 

Here's a link to All the First Steps in Music© materials, I'll have some popular and perusal copies on hand and if we run out, GIA will send additional copies for purchase.  

https://www.giamusic.com/music_education/johnfeierabend-main-first-steps.cfm

 

 

Here’s a link to access the entire printed version of the GIA educational catalog.   Again, I can include any of these resources in the class order.  

https://www.giamusic.com/store/music-education-catalog

 

https://www.giamusic.com/store/music-education-catalog

John Crever, Endorsed Feierabend Methodology Teacher Trainer
MUSIC-ADE, LLC 
Info@music-ade.com
(503) 278-5959
www.Music-ade.com
Portland, OR, 97215
 
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