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First Steps in Music: the Lectures
This remarkable DVD set captures the ideas and spirit of one of the most
dynamic music educators of our time, John M. Feierabend. In each DVD, Dr.
Feierabend presents a compelling vision for the importance of music and music
education in our lives, starting from infancy.
These DVDs also introduce his best-selling music curriculum, the First Steps in
Music series. They are essential viewing for anyone interested in providing a
well-rounded education for our children and want to make sure music remains
an essential part of our lives.
DVD 1: Who Is a Musical Person? Serving as an introduction to the DVD series,
this lively lecture shares the idea that all people can become tuneful beatful and
artful. With an in depth discussion of what makes a children's song artful, you
(and the studio audience) are guided through how to select quality literature for
teaching purposes in the preschool and elementary grades.
DVD 2: Endangered Musical Minds Here is a critical discussion of how the
musical mind develops from prenatal through elementary school. The ability to
perceive music can atrophe if neglected. Insights are presented as to how to
optimize brain growth for music perception and the ramifications on how that
shaping can impact an individual's lifelong success in musical participation and
DVD 3: Music for Infants and Toddlers Teddy bear in hand, Dr. Feierabend
shares the rich repertoire of infant and toddler folk songs and rhymes that he
has collected over the past 30 years. Bounces, wiggles, tapping, clapping and
lullabies are demonstrated that can form the basis for enhancing the music
growth of infants and toddlers. In addition, simple songs and simple circles are
shown that serve as a bridge to older childrens activities. Information on how to
develop sequential lessons and set up classes for parents and children provides
the audience with practical considerations that will enhance teaching and
DVD 4: Vocal Development in Preschool and Beyond Here are practical and fun
ideas on how to connect the voice to musical perception from age 3 on. Vocal
warm-ups, echo songs and simple songs serve as the basis for early singing
success and good vocal habits. Creativity is encouraged through spontaneous
songs from the children as shown in several video clips fo four year olds. Songs
for listening development and the development of expressive sensitivity are also
demonstrated. These activities serve to help develop the music mind through
age seven but are useful for developing vocal skills at any age.
DVD 5: Movement Development in Preschool and Beyond Understanding music
through movement activities are discussed and demonstrated in this very active
lecture. Movement warm-ups, based on the work of Rudolph Laban, are
discussed as a means to lead children to explore creative movement. Musical
form and expression are explored through finger plays, action songs, circle
games and guided movement with classical music. Beat motions and meter
sensitivities are developed through sequential activities including stationary and
traveling beat keeping games. The lecture series concludes with guidance on
creating vibrant lessons for ultimate musical development in children from
preschool through the elementary years.