• Dates and times.
    Jun 25: 9:30 AM
    Jun 28: 4:30 PM
  • Location.CUC Campus - Kretzmann Hall

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Conversational Solfege (™) is a pedagogical method to be used with children who have already developed tuneful, beatful and artful skills and are ready to develop a deeper understanding of melody and rhythm.  0423-25_FAME_CertificationWorkship_Images_WEB_540x356.png The method is designed to develop the comprehension of music through the use of rhythm and solfege syllables aurally, at a conversational level, then gradually evolves into written music 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. This course is applicable to general music, choral, and instrumental teachers.

Participants who successfully complete this course will receive an official certificate of completion from the Feierabend Association for Music Education (FAME).

Required Course Materials

  • Conversational Solfege, Level 1 - Teacher's edition, G-5380. Order through GIA website.
  • Participants should dress comfortably (we will be doing a lot of movement activities!)

Course Requirements

  • Attendance and participation in all classes
  • Completion of all assignments

Pre-Course Assignment

  • Distributed on the first day of class


Online course registration must be completed by 9 a.m on June 24

Several payment options are available:

  • online, during course registration
  • in-person on first day of class
  • by personal check; Make check out to "Concordia University Chicago"
    Mail to:
    Concordia University Chicago
    c/o Chuck Brown, Music Department
    7400 Augusta Street
    River Forest, IL 60305


Campus Housing

Rooms are available on-campus. Registrants must reserve housing separately from workshop registration. Questions can be directed to our Conference Services team at GuestHousing@CUChicago.edu or 708-209-3092.

Reserve Room On-Campus


Lunch is not included in the course registration fee. Attendees may bring their own lunch, purchase lunch in the CUC dining hall (open 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.) or visit a local cafe.

About the Instructor

Emily Woock is a daughter of two music educators so has never known life without music. She was first introduced to Dr. Feierabend's work when she attended a conference as an undergraduate, and hearing about the "30-year-plan" forever changed how she approaches music education. Emily has spent her career teaching music to children of all ages from infants to high school, and is passionate about introducing other teachers to Dr. Feierabend's philosophy and curriculum.

She currently serves as an instructor of music at Concordia University Chicago, where she teaches courses in both music education and church music. She also serves as chapel organist and teaches applied organ. In addition to her work at the university, she works part-time as music director and organist at her church in Elmhurst, IL. She currently serves on the FAME board as treasurer.

Emily frequently serves as a presenter, facilitator, consultant and mentor for music educators. She holds a BA from Concordia University Chicago, a Master of Sacred Music from the University of Notre Dame, and a Master of Music Education from Anderson University. She completed her Kodály certification at the Hartt School of Music, where she studied with John Feierabend. She is currently pursuing her PhD in music education from Indiana University in Bloomington, IN.