Conversational Solfege Level 1 Teacher Edition , by John Feierabend, is a 3-ring binder filled with 382 pages of teaching techniques with song and rhyme literature for developing musical reading and writing skills in the elementary grades. It is used best in conjunction with the Student Reading
Conversational Solfege Level 1 Teacher Edition, by John Feierabend, is a 3-ring binder filled with 382 pages of teaching techniques with song and rhyme literature for developing musical reading and writing skills in the elementary grades. It is used best in conjunction with the Student Reading Books (item 804130), CD (850252) and 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 easiest 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 Contents:
quarter note and paired eighth notes 6/8 meter
dotted quarter note and three eighth notes 6/8 meter
quarter note and eighth note
Key of F Major
Introduction and Method Techniques
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: Rhythm cards and Tone cards
Appendix 4: Certificates
Appendix 5: Assessment Rubrics and ChecklistsWriting Sheets
Feierabend, John M.
Well organized curriculum
Having taken an overview workshop only, the plethora of materials provided allow for a comprehensive approach to teaching music literacy. I am looking forward to digging in and following the systematic approach of introducing a rhythmic and melodic foundation.