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Conversational Solfege, FAME Certification Course

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For further information about SMU Music Educators Workshops, or to register for one of these classes, visit here; or contact Julie Scott at or 214-768-3717; or call the SMU Music Office at 214-768-1951.

About the Workshops

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The SMU Music Educators Workshops are annual professional development and learning opportunities offered for music educators and students of music through the Music Division of SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts. The Music Division of Meadows is an accredited institutional member of both the National Association of Schools of Music and the Texas Association of Music Schools.

Adult students who earn graduate credit for participation in the Music Educators Workshops may apply the credit to a Master of Music in Music Education degree, once accepted into the masters program.

Learn more about the Master of Music in Music Education.

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 8 – 10
Times: Monday and Tuesday: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; Wednesday, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Noncredit Cost: $400.00
Graduate Credit Cost: Additional $568.00 for 1 hour of graduate credit (Paid separately to SMU)
Housing Cost: $225 for single; $175 for double (includes breakfast each day)

Conversational Solfège FAME Certification Course Faculty: John Feierabend

John Feierabend is Professor of Music in 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.

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About the Division of Music

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Meadows Artist Bridge

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SMU Institute for Young Pianists

2015 SMU Music Educators Workshops

Conversational Solfège

Instrument Repair for the Band Director

Orff Schulwerk 20th Anniversary Symposium

Orff Schulwerk, Levels I, II, And III

Kodály Certification Training: Levels I, II, III; Choral Track Levels I and II

Advanced Choral Conducting Techniques


SMU Institute for Piano Teachers

Piano Preparatory Department

Double Bass Players

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