Music-Ade, LLC offers both First Steps in Music© and Conversational Solfege™️ Levels 1&2 teacher curriculum certification courses endorsed by the Feierabend Association for Music Education.
My classes are a mix of ages and backgrounds, and I welcome all interested in music literacy and learning about the Feierabend approach to building musically literate communities.
Teacher curriculum certification courses run a minimum of 20 hours each, but 25 hours is the preferred length as it allows time for teacher practice, coaching and questions. During the summer months Music-Ade hosts several regional certification courses. During the school year, for curriculum adoption training, districts bring a certification course to their teachers in either three or four consecutive days, or spread out over the course of the year to coordinate with staff development days. Check out the 7-steps to bringing a certification to your district.
Optional graduate credits or CEUs available through Seattle Pacific University while earning 20-hour FAME certificate. Read more…
Where to Begin?
John Feierabend recommends starting with First Steps in Music to begin growing Tuneful, Beatful and Artful skills in students before teaching them to read music. Many teachers are drawn to Conversational Solfege first, interested in the impact that long-term literacy instruction can have on a program . If a teacher hasn’t already taken FSM before CS, they realize during CS that they wished they had because their student’s ears would be ready for reading with an ear-first approach.
This course breaks open the teacher manual to optimize a child’s natural Tuneful, Beatful, and Artful abilities.
Significant class time will be spent…
- hearing, experiencing and discussing the overview, demonstrations, and pedagogical considerations of each step.
- surveying the teacher manual and all of the activities, directions, performance indicators, and lesson plans.
- learning the techniques and activities of each of the eight steps to keep musical growth.
- exploring the many supplemental resources and current pedagogy.
- practicing leading others in the techniques.
- singing, dancing and moving expressively together.
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Successful participants receive a certificate of completion from the Feierabend Association for Music Education (FAME).
My goal in offering these classes is to make them easily accessible to music teachers everywhere because I know how career changing Feierabend training can be.
This course takes a deep dive into teacher’s manual and the framework for teaching music reading with an “ear-first” approach.
Significant class time will be spent…
- Learning about each of the twelve steps by listening to an overview, experienceing demonstrations and discussing pedagogical considerations.
- Using the teacher’s manual to plan measurable learning units.
- Picking repertoire that best achieves objectives.
- Practice teaching techniques that intensify musical thinking at every step.
- Explore techniques to quickly assess student achievement.
- Singing, Dancing and Moving Expressively to Great Music.
- Successful participants receive a certificate of completion from the Feierabend Association for Music Education (FAME).
Download a printable PDF Info Sheet on Feierabend philosophy, the Curricula and the instructor.
The best part is seeing the light bulbs go on in participants’ eyes when it all gels together in their imaginations and they can’t wait to get back to their classrooms.
Optional graduate credits (2) or CEUs available through Seattle Pacific University while earning 20-hour FAME certificate. read more…
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My favorite parts of the class include…
- the singing and dancing,
- listening to participants imagine the curriculum in their program,
- listening to the room of experienced teachers problem-solve a variety of concerns for classmates as questions arise, and
- seeing the light bulbs go on in participants’ eyes when it all gels together in their imaginations and they can’t wait to get back to their classrooms. I get goosebumps every time I see that light bulb! 😊
Download this information in a printable PDF Info Sheet