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Conversational Solfege Level 1 and 2 Certification Course with Betsy Greene, Past-President of FAME Summer 2020
Location: Champlain Elementary School, 800 Pine Street Burlington VT

Meeting times:
July 6-10

3 Graduate Credits or 45 hours of PD/Workshop Credit
3 Graduate Credits - $1400
Workshop credit only - $1000

Course Description:

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 and highly respected music educator in the Burlington Vermont Schools. This course is fully endorsed by FAME. All participants will receive a Conversational Solfege Certificate of Completion from 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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3 Credit Graduate Course $1,400
Workshop only credit $1000
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1. Feierabend, John. Conversational Solfege – Level I: Teacher’s Manual; GIA Publications, Inc.,Chicago: 200. ISBN: 1-57999-123-8
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