Through carefully sequenced activities, Conversational Solfege ™ addresses the National Standards, while enabling students to joyfully assimilate the skills and content necessary to become musically literate, including the acquisition of listening, rhythmic and melodic reading, dictation, composition, and improvisation in an intuitive manner. Applications of Conversational Solfege™ are ideally suited to: elementary general music curricula; choral organizations at all levels; Orff Schulwerk; Kodály; Dalcroze; Gordon Music Learning Theory; high school and college sight singing and ear training; class piano; Suzuki; as well as recorder, band, and orchestral instrumental instruction.
Dates: June 10-12
Times: 9:00 AM-3:00 PM Each Day
Noncredit Cost: $400.00
Graduate Credit Cost: Additional $500.00 for 1 hour of graduate credit (Paid separately to SMU)
Housing Cost: $175 for single; $125 for double
Conversational Solfège Faculty: John Feierabend
John Feierabend is Professor of Music and Director of the Music Education Division at The Hartt School of the University of Hartford. He is a past President of the Organization of American Kodály Educators as well as a NAfME Lowell Mason Fellow. Dr. Feierabend is committed to collecting, preserving and teaching the diverse folk music of our country and using that folk music as a bridge to help children understand and enjoy classical music. His research has resulted in two music curricula: First Steps in Music, a music and movement program for infants through early elementary aged children; and Conversational Solfege, a music literacy method for use in general music classes. Dr. Feierabend’s teaching has provided thousands of teachers and their students with the skills necessary to build community through music by evoking enthusiastic participation of all people. To that end his approach strives for all people to become tuneful, beatful and artful through research based and developmentally appropriate pedagogies that use quality literature. In the summer of 2012 a group of dedicated and like-minded educators honored Dr. Feierabend’s 30 years of work with the formation of the Feierabend Association of Music Education.