Summer 2024 MECA
Continuing Education Courses
Conversational Solfege Levels 1 & 2 Certification
Course hours: This course will meet from 8:00AM-5:00PM central time daily at VanderCook College of Music.
Conversational Solfege™ is a pedagogical approach developed by Dr. John Feierabend used to intuitively develop notational literacy skills with students of elementary age through adults who are tuneful, beatful, and artful. Through carefully sequenced activities, Conversational Solfege™ first develops an understanding of music through the use of rhythm and solfege syllables at a “conversational” level, then gradually evolves into reading, writing, improvisation, dictation, and composition skills. Teachers will learn how to enable students to joyfully assimilate the skills and content necessary to be musically literate, as well as learn various techniques to allow the acquisition of these skills. This Conversational Solfege™ course will address lesson planning, unit planning, and assessment and applies to music educators in most music educational settings (classroom, choral, and/or instrumental) elementary through college.
Required Text: Conversational Solfege, Level 1 Teacher’s Manual (Purple Book)
Optional Text: Conversational Solfege Level 2 Teacher’s Manual Teacher’s Manual (Orange Book)
Optional Text: Feierabend Fundamentals: History, Philosophy and Practice. John M. Feierabend, GIA Publications, Inc.
Learning Platform Information (Online Courses Only)
Schoology is a learning management system that allows you to interact directly with your instructors, fellow students, and members of the greater VanderCook community.
The evening before your class begins, be on the lookout for an email from Schoology with log-in instructions. Once you receive credentials, visit www.online.vandercook.edu to login.
Some courses have specific online chat meeting times (please see course descriptions), while others have a flexible meeting schedule. You can expect all courses to meet together in a live online chat. If a live meeting time doesn’t work, you can work with your instructor to make other arrangements.
More information about Schoology can be found at www.schoology.com
Please see specific software/hardware requirements in the course description.
Online course grades are available within two weeks of the course(s) completion. If you need a transcript, please CLICK HERE to access the online transcript request form. For a faster turnaround time, please submit the transcript request to the registrar prior to the end of your course(s).