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Summer 2021 MECA

Continuing Education Courses


Conversational Solfège


August 2-August 5, 2021

Course Code



3 Graduate Credits


$1,065, due in full with registration


Four Days Only

Through carefully sequenced activities, this fun workshop will demonstrate how to enable students to joyfully assimilate the content and skills necessary to become musically literate, including the acquisition of listening, rhythmic and melodic reading, dictation, composition and improvisation in an intuitive manner. Participants will experience a curriculum that grows out of tonal and rhythmic elements that exist in folk song literature. Each rhythm or tonal element will be explored in patterns, songs and themes from classical literature. Participants who successfully complete this course will receive an official certificate of completion from the Feierabend Association for Music Education (FAME).

Conversational SolfègeTM is a pedagogical method created by Dr. John Feierabend that develops musical literacy. Conversational SolfègeTM is for children who have already developed their tuneful, beatful and artful skills and are ready to develop a deeper understanding of rhythm and melody. Conversational SolfègeTM develops an understanding of music through the use of rhythm syllables and solfège syllables at a conversational level, and then gradually evolves into traditional notation. Through carefully sequenced activities, Conversational SolfègeTM enables students to joyfully assimilate the skills and content necessary to be musically literate. Patterns, folk songs, poetry, rhymes and classical music are the primary source materials that are used to develop those musical skills. Ample time will be spent on creating effective lesson plans and opportunities for peer teaching will be made available.


Chat Session

August 2-5, 2021, 8:00 a.m.–Noon and 1:00–3:00 p.m. daily.



Required Text(s)

Conversational Solfège Level 1
Teacher’s Manual

by John M. Feierabend
(GIA Publications)

Software/Hardware Requirements

Schoology is a learning management system that allows you to interact directly with your instructors, fellow students, and members of the greater VanderCook community.

Soon after you register, 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

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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