Betsy Greene


Sandi MacLeod



Monday- Friday, July 18- 22, 2016 at Lyndon State College

8:00 am-4:00 pm

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Lyndon State College
1001 College Road
Lyndonville, VT 05841

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First Steps in Music 2017 TM with Betsy Greene 

Betsy Greene is offering First Steps in MusicTM  from July 17-21, 2017, to be held on the campus of Lyndon State College. CS is available as a workshop only or for 3 graduate credits in collaboration with Castleton University. This course is accredited by FAME (Feierabend Association for Music).

Course number for three grad credits:

Music education - MUS 710 CFS2 or as general education - EDU 5515 C11

First Steps in MusicTM  was created by leading music educator Dr. John Feierabend of the Hartt School of Music. Through active participation in both music and movement activities, participants will learn how to further their young students' musical growth with joy, imagination, and wonder while preparing them for a lifelong of music learning. This course will include current research findings and the implications of that research on the development of an early childhood music and movement curriculum, collecting materials, designing teaching strategies, lesson plans, and yearly curriculum, as well as developing and promoting an early childhood program.  Materials and activities will be presented for children from birth to age seven.

Course instructor is Betsy Greene, a Feierabend Association for Music Education (FAME) endorsed Teacher Trainer and highly respected music educator in the Burlington Vermont Schools. This course is fully endorsed by FAME. All participants will receive a First Steps in Music Certificate of Completion from FAME.


  • Introduction and Philosophy
  • Selecting quality literature
  • Music Aptitude and related research
  • Music in the first three years
  • The Music Workout (Nursery – Grade 2)
  • Development of teaching techniques
  • Choosing materials
  • Writing Lessons and developing a semester curriculum
  • Assessment


 Class Dates and Times:   

July 17-21, 2017  Monday – Friday   8:00-4:00 PM

Fees: Earn an early registration reward if you register on or before June 1, 2017.  Registration requires a deposit of $100 OR a school PO number. Deduct deposit amount from full fee below. 

Course with three Graduate Credits from Castleton University - $1329

Workshop credit only - $929

Optional housing and meals available for an additional $200

Required Texts:

  • Feierabend, J.   First Steps in Music for Preschool and Beyond: The Curriculum; GIA Publications, Inc., 2006
  • Feierabend, J.  & Kahan, J.  The Book of Movement Exploration: Can You Move Like This?; GIA Publications, Inc., 2003.

Graduate Course Info:

Three credits are offered through Castleton University under a professional development contract with Music-COMP. All fees are paid to Music-COMP.


Housing and meals are available at the facilities of Lyndon State College for an additional $229. Housing includes Sunday night through Thursday night. Meals begin with breakfast on Monday through lunch on Friday. There is no charge for parking. The Northeast Kingdom has multiple activities nearby. Check out hiking, biking (world famous Kingdom Trails), sightseeing and so much more. Info here, or here, or here.


Contact Music-COMP Executive Director, Sandi MacLeod - 802-879-0065 or or course instructor Betsy Greene,

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