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Summer Term Music Workshops and Classes

Hofstra University is proud to offer a series of music education certification courses in the summer of 2019. Hofstra is scheduling courses approved and endorsed by the American Orff-Schulwerk Association (AOSA) and the Feierabend Association for Music Education (FAME).

The American Orff-Schulwerk Association (AOSA) is officially endorsing two Orff Schulwerk certification courses. "Orff-Schulwerk Teacher Education Levels I and II." These courses will be held on July 8-19. The Feierabend Association for Music Education (FAME) is officially endorsing three courses. There will be two FAME certification courses, "First Steps in Music" and "Conversational Solfege - Beginning Music Literacy," held on July 22-26. A new FAME course, "First Steps in Music with Orff Schulwerk," will take place from July 29-August 2.

Summer Term Music Workshops and Classes at Hofstra

These courses provide beneficial professional development for elementary classroom/choral teachers looking to enhance their skills, increase their knowledge of pedagogy, and acquire many great resources for their music classroom.

What is FAME?
The Feierabend Association for Music Education (FAME) was founded in 2012 to celebrate and share the unique teachings of Dr. John Feierabend with a wider audience of music educators.

The objectives of FAME are:
  • To promote the Feierabend philosophy of music education in the United States and in other countries and to encourage the aesthetic, musical and general growth of the individual at all stages of development.
  • To promote the Feierabend philosophy that all people have the potential to become "tuneful, beatful and artful," and that this should be developed in early childhood with the goal that all people will develop an interest in seeking out opportunities to sing together, dance together and be moved by expressive music.
  • To provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and encourage the application of the Feierabend philosophy to the multi-ethnic, multicultural musical heritage of the United States and the world at large.
Get more information or become a member of FAME.
What is First Steps in Music?
First Steps in Music for Infants and Toddlers provides developmentally appropriate activities that are well suited for children under three years old and their caregivers. Folk songs and rhymes as well as classical music are the primary source materials that are used to develop their musical minds and abilities.

First Steps in Music for Preschool and Beyond provides activities for children as young as three but appropriate for any aged child that needs to further develop their tuneful, beatful, and artful abilities. Folk songs and rhymes as well as classical music are the primary source materials that are used to develop their musical minds and abilities.

The First Steps in Music curriculum is designed to prepare children to become musical in three ways:

  • Tuneful: to have tunes in their heads and learn to coordinate their voices to sing those tunes.
  • Beatful: to feel the pulse of music and how that pulse is grouped in either 2s or 3s.
  • Artful: to be moved by music in the many ways music can elicit a meaningful response.
What is Conversational Solfege?
Conversational Solfege is a literature-based curriculum and pedagogical method that develops musical literacy. Based on models used to teach conversational foreign languages, Conversational Solfege develops an understanding of music through the use of rhythm syllables and Solfege syllables at a conversational level, then gradually evolves into traditional notation. Through carefully sequenced activities, Conversational Solfege enables students to joyfully assimilate the skills and content necessary to be musically literate. Through various techniques, Conversational Solfege allows the acquisition of musical reading and writing, dictation, improvisation, and composition in an intuitive manner. Dr. Feierabend's curriculum and methodology has been adopted as the gold standard for music education in school districts both nationally and internationally. Participants will be certified by the Feierabend Association for Music Education.

Get more information or become a member of FAME.

What is Orff-Schulwerk?
Orff-Schulwerk is a creative approach to teaching and learning music through speaking, singing, playing instruments and moving. Created by composers Carl Orff and Gunild Keetman, the Schulwerk method is an exciting way to teach and learn music. This course is for .music teachers who wish to make music education a joyful, creative experience for both teachers and students through the Orff-Schulwerk process. Hofstra continues its long tradition of Orff-Schulwerk teacher training with a distinguished faculty. The program focuses on curriculum planning to meet New York State and National Association for Music Education standards. The course follows the curriculum approved by the American Orff-Schulwerk Association (AOSA). Each day includes ensemble, pedagogy, recorder, movement, and special topics.

Orff-Schulwerk Level I will include three hours of pedagogy, 75 minutes of soprano recorder, 75 minutes of basic movement and a special topic. Instruction will cover Orff techniques, rhythmic and melodic training, improvisation, the study of pentatonic scales, the ostinato, simple bordun accompaniments, and elemental forms. Prerequisite for Level I is the ability to read, write and analyze music.

Orff-Schulwerk Level II is for anyone who has successfully completed an AOSA approved Level I course. Instruction will review Level I techniques with further expansion of rhythm; melodic development of pentatonic and diatonic modes; harmonization to include moving bordun, shifting triad and non-functional harmonic accompaniments; movement and instrumental improvisation, extended forms, and the continuation of the soprano recorder with the introduction of the alto recorder. Students will learn the process for teaching and creating folk dances. Students will teach a short lesson demonstrating the Orff process.

Prerequisite for Level II is satisfactory completion of Orff-Schulwerk Level I.

Note: Participants may only enroll in one level of Orff-Schulwerk certification. Levels I and Level II cannot be taken concurrently.

Get more information or become a member of AOSA.

Who should register?
Current music educators and graduate-level music education students may register for the program. Courses are three credits each. Participants who do not wish to receive graduate credit may register for non-credit.

Is there housing available on campus?
Conveniently located, air-conditioned rooms are available on campus. Further information is available from Conference Services, 112 Student Center, 200 Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY 11549-2000 or by calling Becky Gabriel or Jessie Garcia at 516-463-5067.

How can I reserve my spot?
Hofstra University music students can contact their advisor to register for summer courses. Non-Hofstra students can fill out a 2019 Application for Nonmatriculated Graduate Study and registration form, and pay a nonrefundable reservation deposit of $100 per course, which is deducted from the total course fee.

All non-Hofstra students, please send your completed application, registration form and reservation deposit to:
Office of Graduate Admission
105 Memorial Hall
126 Hofstra University
Hempstead, NY 11549

Questions about eligibility? Contact:
Summer Studies in Music
Department of Music – Shapiro Family Hall, 101B
160 Hofstra University
Hempstead, NY 11549-1600
Attn: Patricia Newberg