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The Tuneful, Beatful, Artful Music Teacher

A podcast about teaching music in the real world. Missy engages with various music and music education topics, approaches, and philosophies on the journey to creating a more musical, more thoughtful, more just world!

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Arioso: Just do it! | S2E03

Have you wondered how, exactly, you should get going with the Arioso part of First Steps in Music? You’ll get a TON to think about in this extra long episode with Dr. Feierabend! Also, at the end of the episode, Missy lists the names of each member of the FAME Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee. … Continue reading Arioso: Just do it! | S2E03 →

10 Oct 2019

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The Feierabend Non-Negotiables, Part 1 | S1E04 John

While there is an inherent flexibility in Dr. Feierabend’s philosophy and programs, in this episode (Part 1 of 2) he describes what have come to be known as the “Feierabend Non-Negotiables” – those principles that, in his estimation, underpin excellent pedagogy and practice in the music classroom. The post The Feierabend Non-Negotiables, Part 1 | … Continue reading The Feierabend Non-Negotiables, Part 1 | S1E04 John →

14 Mar 2019

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A Conversation with Dr. Lorna Zemke: Part 1 | S2E06

Missy gets to know Dr. Zemke, or Sister Lorna as she is affectionately known by the many people whose lives she has impacted. Hear about her life as a young girl in Osh Kosh, Wisconsin all the way through the crucial 6 months she spent collecting data and observing music classrooms in Budapest, Hungary during … Continue reading A Conversation with Dr. Lorna Zemke: Part 1 | S2E06 →

21 Nov 2019

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Reflections on First Steps – a Teacher Trainer’s Perspective | S1E03

FAME Teacher Trainers Emily Maurek, Andrew Himelick, and Rachel Grimsby talk with Missy about First Steps in Music, Dr. Feierabend’s curriculum to help young students become Tuneful, Beatful, and Artful. Hear about how each of these master teachers came to learn of and embrace John Feierabend’s work and what, in particular, is so appealing to … Continue reading Reflections on First Steps – a Teacher Trainer’s Perspective | S1E03 →

28 Feb 2019

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The Feierabend Non-Negotiables, Part 2 | S1E05

John and Missy continue their energetic and engrossing discussion as they delve into the remaining “Feierabend Non-Negotiables.” John talks about rote learning as an important requirement for higher order thinking, as well as what he means when he says “any response is the right response.” He then shares some important considerations for teaching notation in … Continue reading The Feierabend Non-Negotiables, Part 2 | S1E05 →

28 Mar 2019

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Universal Design for Learning: Rachel Grimsby | S2E05

Missy talks with FAME Teacher Trainer Rachel Grimsby, PhD Candidate at the University of Michigan, about Universal Design for Learning a lens through which music educators can examine how to teach students with disabilities. Bio of Today’s Guest Resources mentioned in the episode: www.cast.org Including Everyone: Creating Music Classrooms Where All Children Learn Universal Design … Continue reading Universal Design for Learning: Rachel Grimsby | S2E05 →

8 Nov 2019

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Conversational Solfege in the Real World- Taylor Kurilew Part 1 | S2E12

John Feierabend’s Conversational Program is a phenomenal way to help  your already Tuneful, Beatful, Artful students become musically independent and notationally literate, but it can be challenging for teachers to master the process. In this series of episodes, gneral music teacher Taylor Kurilew asks Missy questions about CS after trying it in her classroom for the first time. In Part 1, Missy talks Taylor through an overview of what happens in the 12 Steps of CS. You do not want to miss this series if you are using CS in your classroom! Taylor Kurilew is a native of New Jersey, and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Montclair State University and a Masters of Music Degree in Voice Performance from Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of the Arts. Aside from being in the classroom, Ms. Kurilew has performed in operas and musical theatre shows and has attended operatic training programs from NY to Italy. Taylor is the K-5 general music teacher and choral director at Cedar Hill Elementary School in Basking Ridge, NJ and also teaches voice in the central NJ area. She continues to work on her craft and her teaching career and loves using these experiences and trainings to keep her inspired and share the love of music in every aspect she can, in and out of the classroom to her students. CS Rhythm Unit Plan Template Conversational Solfege Level 1 Teacher’s Manual Feierabend Fundamentals Book Conversational Solfege Explained DVD The post Conversational Solfege in the Real World- Taylor Kurilew Part 1 | S2E12 appeared first on Feierabend Association for Music Education | A tuneful, beatful, artful learning community.

27 Feb 2020

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A Conversation with Dr. Lorna Zemke: Part 3 | S2E08

In the final installment of the series of conversations with Sister Lorna from Fall 2019, the discussion begins with the difficult but important topic of what to do about music with racist origins or backgrounds and then moves on to ask what constitutes American folk music, as well as how to be more inclusive of … Continue reading A Conversation with Dr. Lorna Zemke: Part 3 | S2E08 →

19 Dec 2019

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Conversational Solfege: Teaching tonal and rhythm units simultaneously | S1E07

FAME Endorsed Teacher Trainer Chris Anne Powers outlines how she and her district colleagues successfully combine rhythm and tonal units of Conversational Solfege starting in 2nd grade.   The post Conversational Solfege: Teaching tonal and rhythm units simultaneously | S1E07 appeared first on Feierabend Association for Music Education | A tuneful, beatful, artful learning community.

25 Apr 2019

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What is First Steps in Music: The Infant/Toddler Curriculum, Part 1 | S1E11

Listen in to Part 1 of a conversation between Missy and John about music in early childhood and how he developed his First Steps in Music for Infants and Toddlers Curriculum.   The post What is First Steps in Music: The Infant/Toddler Curriculum, Part 1 | S1E11 appeared first on Feierabend Association for Music Education … Continue reading What is First Steps in Music: The Infant/Toddler Curriculum, Part 1 | S1E11 →

20 Jun 2019

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A Conversation with Dr. Lorna Zemke: Part 2 | S2E07

In Part 1, we left Sister Lorna on the tarmac in the Ukraine as she was desperately trying to get to Hungary after being in Russia, listen to hear what happened next. You’ll also hear Dr. Zemke discuss first meeting Dr. Feierabend when he was her graduate student at Silver Lake College, and share a … Continue reading A Conversation with Dr. Lorna Zemke: Part 2 | S2E07 →

5 Dec 2019

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Non-Negotiables: Getting Started with Part Singing John | S1E10

This week’s podcast (Season 1, Episode 10) will feature a fascinating discussion with Dr. Feierabend about how an elementary teacher can take their Tuneful, Beatful, Artful students and begin to teach them how to successfully sing in harmony. it debuts June 6, so don’t miss it!   The post Non-Negotiables: Getting Started with Part Singing … Continue reading Non-Negotiables: Getting Started with Part Singing John | S1E10 →

6 Jun 2019

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Series- Working with Special Needs: Where do I start?! | S1E09

Join Missy as she talks with FAME Teacher Trainer Leslie Weaver about some “first steps” in working with the special needs students in your program. Learn about the educators in your building and in the administration who can help you along the way and hear a little about the work Leslie does in her classroom … Continue reading Series- Working with Special Needs: Where do I start?! | S1E09 →

23 May 2019

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Informances in the First Steps Years | S1E08

Missy and FAME Teacher Trainer Lindsay Jackson discuss the ins and outs of hosting Informances for the younger elementary grades. Find out how to offer parents and students a fantastic experience that will help students demonstrate what they’ve learned while also advocating for your program without cutting into your general music class time!   The … Continue reading Informances in the First Steps Years | S1E08 →

9 May 2019

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Bridges to the Community, Part 1: Ask Me Sheets | S1E06 Lillie Feierabend

Join Missy as she and Master Teacher Lillie Feierabend begin a series about moving the learning that takes place in the classroom out and into the homes and broader community of students. Lillie talks about her “Ask Me” sheets, which are a wonderful way to help students become teachers outside of the music classroom! The … Continue reading Bridges to the Community, Part 1: Ask Me Sheets | S1E06 Lillie Feierabend →

10 Apr 2019

Rank #15