Dr. John Feierabend has been named the chair of the Kodály Summer Music Program at Silver Lake College.
Feierabend is considered one of the leading authorities on music and movement development in childhood. He is a Professor of Music Education at The Hartt School of the University of Hartford. He’s also a past President of the Organization of American Kodály Educators as well as a National Association for Music Education Lowell Mason Fellow.
“Thousands of teachers all over the globe have been influenced by the Kodály Summer Music Program at Silver Lake College,” said Feierabend, who praised the work put into the program by its founder, Sister Lorna Zemke, over the previous 41 years. “I look forward to continuing that legacy by guiding the program into the future.”
The 2015 Kodály Summer Music Program is scheduled for June 29 to July 10.
Kodály Certificate faculty members will include Feierabend, Zemke, Frank Gallo and Brent Gault. Additional graduate faculty members will include Lillie Feierabend, Donna Gallo, Teresa Schroepfer, Diana Shapiro, Rachel Ware Carlton and Lynne Zimmermann.
Kodály Certificate courses in 2015 will include Kodály Methods I — First Steps in Music, Kodály Methods II — Conversational Solfege: Beginning Levels, Kodály Methods III — Conversational Solfege: Upper Levels, Solfege I, Solfege II, Solfege III, Folk Song History and Research I, Folk Song History and Research II, Choir, and Advanced Conducting.
Feierabend will teach Kodály Methods I, II and III. Students who complete those courses also will receive certification in the Feierabend Association for Music Education, which was formed in 2012.
Additional graduate courses will include Capstone/Thesis Project, History and Philosophy of Music Education, and two “special topics” courses — Body Mapping: What Every Musician Needs to Know About the Body, and Mini-Topics in Kodály Music Education.
Feierabend said he’s committed to collecting, preserving and teaching the diverse folk music of our country and using that music as a bridge to help children understand and enjoy classical music. His research has resulted in two music methods — “First Steps in Music,” a music and movement program for infants through elementary-aged children, and “Conversational Solfege,” a music literacy method for use in general music classes.
For more information about the Kodály Summer Music Program, contact Rachel Ware Carlton, Interim Director of Graduate Music and Assistant Professor of Voice, at (920) 686-6272 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.SL.edu.