Conversational SolfegeTM: Teaching Music Literacy, Greene, Fall 2019

Course Number: EDU 5515 C11/MUS 5710 CFS2
Instructor: Betsy Greene
Location: Champlain Elementary School
Dates and Times: Saturdays       8 - 4 pm           October 19; October 26; November 9    Tuesdays        6 - 8 pm           October 22; October 29; November 12; November 19; December 3; December 10
Credits: 3
Tuition: Set by and payable to Music-COMP

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.

Course Objectives/Goals

The objectives for the class are as follows:

To understand the philosophy, history, and learning sequence presented in Conversational Solfegetm.

To understand when and how to teach music literacy using Conversational Solfegetm.

To develop teaching skills necessary to present lessons with appropriate materials and music activities using the method of Conversational Solfegetm.

Required Texts

Feierabend, John.  Conversational Solfegetm – 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.

For additional course information

Besty Greene

For registration information

Matt LaRocca