Welcome to the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion webpage for the First Steps in Music curriculum, presented by GIA Publications in collaboration with the Feierabend Association for Music Education. It is our sincere belief that children and music educators deserve only the very best materials, and our purpose in creating this webpage is to provide educators with information and resources regarding the recent revision of First Steps in Music.
When new information about the racist histories and context of some of the folk songs in the First Steps curriculum was brought to our attention, the Feierabend Association for Music Education (FAME) formed a committee to develop a set of standards for determining whether repertoire may be used with young children without being harmful, derogatory, or disrespectful. The full text of the committee’s recommendations is available to download here.
Guided by the committee’s recommendations, GIA Publications revised the curriculum. The revised resources are available at www.giamusic.com/firststepsrevision. We removed any material that was deemed to be harmful, derogatory, or disrespectful, and we also added a number of new songs and rhymes from a variety of world cultures. The link below details the specific revisions that were made to each component of the First Steps in Music curriculum, including the curriculum book and the supplemental folk song collections. Click here to download the 2020 Supplement to First Steps in Music.
The Feierabend Repertoire Database, by Chris Anne Powers, is a curated collection of the newly revised First Steps in Music repertoire. Each song or rhyme has been thoroughly analyzed and classified using the following categories:
Resources currently included in the Feierabend Repertoire Database are:
Click here to download the database as an Excel file (this file is searchable). This file will be periodically updated as new information becomes available, so users may wish to occasionally return for updated versions of this file. Most recent version: October 27, 2020. It should be noted that at this time the Feierabend Repertoire Database is primarily an analysis of the musical content of the pieces contained therein. And while an historical analysis of each song or rhyme has not been conducted, information shared by the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee of the Feierabend Association for Music Education has been included.
Below we have suggested online resources teachers may find useful for researching American folk materials such as those in the First Steps curriculum. It is also worth noting that several comprehensive and thoughtfully prepared documents with information about the repertoire in the Feierabend curriculum have been compiled and posted on the Feierabend Fundamentals Facebook page.
The American Folk Song Collection: http://kodaly.hnu.edu/collection.cfm
Scholars and educators are encouraged to provide relevant feedback about any song or rhyme in the curriculum. Using the form below, please fill out your name, email address, the title of the song or rhyme, and any comment, question, or information you wish to provide.