Conversational Solfege, Level 1 CD

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Conversational Solfege is a dynamic and captivating first-through-eighth grade general music program that enables students to become independent musical thinkers with the help of a rich variety of folk and classical music. With the Conversational Solfege approach, music literacy starts with great literature and an “ear-before-eye” philosophy that correlates with the National Standards.Great songs are broken down into their component parts and then reassembled so that students can bring greater musical understanding to everything they do. The ultimate goal is to create fully engaged, independent musicians who can hear, understand, read, write, compose, and improvise.

Central to the Conversational Solfege program is the use of music harvested from our rich and diverse American musical history. This variety of music serves as a common thread that spans and bonds generations. Each book contains varied song material so the teacher can select appropriate music for the lower grades or older beginners. This 12-step teaching method carefully brings students from readiness to, ultimately, creating music through inner hearing and then transferring their musical thoughts into notation—in other words, to compose music!

This series is a complete, innovative approach to teaching music that will stay fresh year after year.


1. Accompaniment for rhythm chanting in 2/4 meter • Johann Sebastian Bach • Suite in g minor • Allemande 2. Accompaniment for rhythm chanting in 2/4 meter • Camille Saint-Saëns • Carnival of the Animals • Finale 3. Accompaniment for rhythm chanting 6/8 meter • Ottorino Respighi • Ancient Airs and Dances • Saltarello e Canario 4. Accompaniment for rhythm chanting in 6/8 meter • Johann Sebastian Bach • Suite in g minor • Prelude 5. Conversational Solfege Unit 1 Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky • The Crane 6. Conversational Solfege Unit 1 Camille Saint-Saëns • Turtles from Carnival of the Animals 7. Conversational Solfege Unit 1 Jacques Offenbach • Can-Can 8. Conversational Solfege Unit 2 Johann Strauss • Kaiser Waltz (excerpt) 9. Conversational Solfege Unit 2 Johann Strauss • Roses from the South (excerpt) 10. Conversational Solfege Unit 2 Ludwig van Beethoven • Symphony # 5, 3rd Movement (excerpt) 11. Conversational Solfege Unit 2 Franz Schubert • March 12. Conversational Solfege Unit 2 Maurice Ravel Boléro Ostinato 13. Conversational Solfege Unit 3 Paul Dukas • The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (excerpt) 14. Conversational Solfege Unit 3 Ferde Grofé • On the Trail from Grand Canyon Suite (excerpt) 15. Conversational Solfege Unit 3 Léo Delibes • Notturno 16. Conversational Solfege Unit 4 Georges Bizet • The Carillon Ostinato from L’Arlésienne Suite

John M. Feierabend is Director of the Music Education Division at The Hartt School of Music, University of Hartford, Connecticut.

Edition Format: CD

Copyright: 2002