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Summer 2024 MECA

Continuing Education Courses


Conversational Solfege Levels 1 & 2 Certification


July 29-August 2, 2024

Course Code



3 Graduate Credits


$1,125 is due in full with registration. A $15 Early Bird Discount will be applied until February 16.


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.


Chat Session

None - this course meets in person.



Required Text(s)

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 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

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).


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Emily Maurek

Emily Maurek received a BS degree in Music Education and a minor in journalism from Ball State University in 1995, where she also was an Undergraduate Fellow in Music History. In 2004 she completed a Masters’ Degree in Music Technology from Indiana University and earned the Chancellor’s Scholar Award for the Department of Fine Arts. Since 1998, she has taught Kindergarten through fourth grade general music at the Lake Central School Corporation in St. John, Indiana. Emily has presented conference sessions in conjunction with the Indiana Music Educators’ Association (IMEA), Feierabend Association for Music Education (FAME), and the Wisconsin Music Education Association (WMEA) and Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA). In addition to hosting many student teachers, she served on the state of Indiana Fine Arts Standards in Music revision committee in 2018. Emily is an endorsed FAME Teacher Trainer in First Steps in Music and Conversational Solfege and is FAME Past President and Executive Director. Emily resides in Valparaiso, Indiana with her husband, John and their son Max.
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