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Conversational Solfege Tune-Up with Betsy Greene: Level 1 and 2
1.5 Graduate Credits or PD/workshop Credits

Location: Champlain Elementary School, 800 Pine Street, Burlington, Vermont 05401

Meeting times:
Saturday 8 - 4 pm March 14, 2020 Snow day March 21, 2020

Thursday's 6 -7 pm March 26; April 2; April 16; April 23

1.5 Graduate or PD/Workshop Credits
Graduate Credits - $700
Workshop credit only - $550

This course requires a minimum of 3 registered students to run. If we need to cancel the course due to low enrollment, we will notify those by March 7th 2020.

Course Description:

Designed for those who have previously taken Conversational Solfege: Levels 1 & 2 (FAME certified), participants will have an opportunity to tune-up their practice and implementation of CS through an active review of the 12 Steps, literacy units, and techniques (games) used to fuel the learning. Additionally, teachers will learn more ways to deepen their pedagogy or enhance student learning through special considerations (such as unit and lesson planning or how to integrate CS with Orff Schulwerk) as well as opportunities to share with each other their experience as a CS teacher.

Conversational Solfege (CS) is a pedagogical method used to develop music literacy and was created by leading music educator Dr. John Feierabend of the Hartt School of Music. Based on the same premise used to teach conversational foreign languages (one should learn with his/her ears before learning with his/her eyes), CS first develops an understanding of music through the use of rhythm and solfege syllables at a conversational level, then gradually evolves into traditional notation. Teachers will learn how to carefully sequence activities to enable students to joyfully assimilate the skills and content to be musically literate, as well as learn various techniques to allow acquisition of music reading and writing, dictation, improvisation, and composition in an intuitive manner. CS also will address lesson planning, unit planning, and assessment. This class is applicable to all music educators. Both CS Level I and Level II will be covered.

To understand the philosophy, history, and learning sequence presented in Conversational Solfege.
To understand when and how to teach music literacy using Conversational Solfege.
To develop teaching skills necessary to present lessons with appropriate materials and music activities using the method of Conversational Solfege.

Course instructor is Betsy Greene, a Feierabend Association for Music Education (FAME) endorsed Teacher Trainer, past president of FAME and highly respected music educator in the Burlington Vermont Schools. This course is fully endorsed by FAME.

Required Texts:

Feierabend, John. Conversational Solfege – Level I: Teacher’s Manual; GIA Publications, Inc.,Chicago: 200. ISBN: 1-57999-123-8

Required Articles:
Feierabend, J. M. Developing Music Literacy: An Aural Approach for an Aural Art. Early Childhood Connections, Fall, 1997.

Graduate Course Info:
Three credits are offered through Castleton University under a professional development contract with Music-COMP. All fees are paid to Music-COMP.

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In Person Meeting: Saturday March 14, 2020 8:00-4:00 pm Snow day March 21, 2020
Online Meetings: March 26; April 2; April 16; April 23 6-7PM
1.5 Credit Graduate Course $700
Workshop only credit $550
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1. Feierabend, John. Conversational Solfege – Level I: Teacher’s Manual; GIA Publications, Inc.,Chicago: 200. ISBN: 1-57999-123-8
GIA and Music-COMP are offering the texts at a 15% discounted rate, and the book will be available at the workshop. Would you like to purchase the text through this registration? *
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