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Conversational Solfege Level 1 Teacher Manual



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Conversational Solfege Level 1
By John Feierabend
3-ring binder Teacher edition  
382 pages

Teaching techniques with song and rhyme literature for developing musical reading and writing skills in the elementary grades. To be used with student Reading Books (item 804130), CD (850252) and also Flash Cards (item 530175), all  available separately. Student writing sheets are provided with permission to duplicate.

The selection of songs and rhymes used in this method are from the rich repertoire of traditional folksongs and rhymes.The order of rhythm and tonal patterns used were determined through an investigation of those rhythm and tonal elements which occur regularly in traditional children's folksongs and rhymes, from the simplest to the most complex. The simplest set of tones that occur in traditional folksongs was found to be do, re and mi.

The rhythm content of this method begins with the simplest rhythm patterns consisting of the quarter note and two eighth notes in 2/4 meter and the dotted-quarter note, three eighth notes and quarter note followed by the eighth note in 6/8 meter.

Sequence of Rhythm and Tonal Patterns:

  • 2/4 meter - quarter note and paired eighth notes
  • 6/8 meter - dotted quarter note and 3 eighth notes
  • 6/8 meter - quarter note and eighth note
  • Do-Re-Mi
  • Key of F Major 

Introduction and Method
Planning Lessons
Unit 1: Two eighth notes, quarter note
Unit 2: Three eighth notes, dotted quarter note
Unit 3:  6/8, quarter note followed by eighth note
Unit 4: do re mi
Appendix 1: Sequence of Rhythm and Tonal Patterns
Appendix 2: Rhythm Syllables
Appendix 3: Rhythmcards and Tonecards
Appendix 4: Certificates
Appendix 5: Assessment Rubrics and Checklists (T. Clark Saunders)
Writing Sheets


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Taking a workshop on Conversational Solfege and planning to use this in my curriculum.
Rebecca N on Jul 1, 2013

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