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The NAfME Council for General Music Education will host a General Music Virtual Conference on Saturday, April 27, 2024, from 11:00 AM–4:00 PM ET. Throughout this Zoom event, participants will have opportunities to learn and interact with clinicians from multiple general music approaches. This event is co-sponsored by the American Center for Elemental Music & Movement, American Orff Schulwerk Association, Dalcroze Society of America, Feierabend Association for Music Education, Gordon Institute for Music Learning, the Organization of American Kodály Educators, and World Music Pedagogy.

Registration for this event provides admittance for all four sessions. Information about the itinerary and speakers may be found in the Lobby of the Zoom Events portal available upon registration. Note that you must have a Zoom account (no cost involved) in order to register for this event, and your registration email must match the email address on your Zoom account.

Conference Agenda

Welcome: Rob Lyda, Chair of NAfME Council for General Music Education

The ABCs of MLT
Presenter: Jennifer Bailey
Have you heard about Music Learning Theory (MLT) and wished you knew more? In this session, we will explore the tenets of MLT: audiation, aptitude, and learning sequences. We’ll learn how they impact student learning and share a variety of musical activities that help to develop audiation in students of any age.

Music Literacy Made Effortless with the Feierabend Curriculum
Presenter: David Rankine
This spirited and interactive session aims to help ALL EDUCATORS transform their classrooms into TunefulBeatful, and Artful communities, and for their students to become musically literate in a fun and effortless way. Designed for K–6 classes and beyond, and based on John Feierabend’s First Steps in Music and Conversational Solfège Curriculum, participants will explore the 12 Steps to Developing Music Literacy using an ear-before-eye approach and learn how to differentiate this predictable and developmental learning sequence to meet the needs of their students and school music programs. Based on extensive research and best practices, the ideas will help your students to improvise, sight-read, take dictation, sing and play by ear, and compose with ease.

Dalcroze in Motion: LIVE Teaching Demonstration
Presenters: Anthony Molinaro, Stephen Neely
What does a Dalcroze lesson look like? Watch LIVE as Anthony Molinaro leads his class of 6/7-year-old students through some traditional and not-so-traditional Dalcroze activities, demonstrating how the 100-year-old method can be applied in public school settings. Stephen Neely moderates a discussion about the method and what elements are on display in the livestreamed demonstration.

Kodály Foundations: What’s It All About?
Presenter: Melissa Stouffer
This session will look at some of the common myths of using Kodály in the classroom, a breakdown of the key elements of the approach, and how to put musical discovery in the hands of your students. Find out how you can adapt your repertoire choices to fit your students and make learning about them fun. We will look at the key parts of the lesson structure: Prepare, Present, Practice, Prove, and discover how incorporation of this student-led learning structure can help students become musically independent, apply their knowledge immediately, and demonstrate what they know even as young as kindergarten to create and make music.

The Elemental Appeal of Orff Schulwerk
Presenter: Manju Durairaj
Music begins inside human beings, and so must any instruction (Carl Orff, 1932). This session explores the artistically pedagogical essence of the Orff-Schulwerk approach to music education as developed by German music composers and educators Carl Orff and Gunild Keetman within the framework of current music education practice. This organic interplay of process and product in music learning and teaching centers the humans involved in collaborative musicking, evoking creativity that manifests through multiple modalities.

World Music Pedagogy: Music Learning that Leads to Intercultural Understanding
Presenter: Patricia Shehan Campbell
World Music Pedagogy is a five-dimension pathway for knowing culturally unfamiliar music, with experiences that result in the development of musical skills as well as intercultural understanding. An American-made pedagogy (Campbell 2004, 2018; Campbell and Lum, 2019) that evolved from a combination of ethnomusicology and music education (Campbell 2004, 2018; Campbell and Lum, 2019), world music pedagogy draws attention to principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion in a process that features cultural integration as well as participatory musicking. The session will feature the WMP approach to teaching music from Africa, Asia, and the Americas and how to work it into K–8 (and even secondary-level) general music classes.

ACEMM: Removing Roadblocks for Elemental Music Teachers
Presenter: Jeaneau Jillian and Justine Sullivan
Join us to learn about the American Center for Elemental Music & Movement, a national general music non-profit advocacy group committed to providing funds, resources, connection, and community to practicing educators. From scholarships for professional development, to grants for programs in your school, to national recognition awards, and community-building professional development offerings, ACEMM’s mission is to remove roadblocks in the journeys of elemental music teachers and the full realization of their potential.

Roundtable Panel Discussion and Town Hall
Rob Lyda, Chair of NAfME Council for General Music Education


lyda headshotRob Lyda received the BME from Troy University in Alabama and the MEd and PhD in Music Education from Auburn University in Alabama. He has completed studies in World Music Drumming, TI:ME, Global Music Pedagogy, and is certified in both the Kodály concept (Levels I-III) and the Orff-Schulwerk approach (Levels I-III, Master Class). Rob has been published in Teaching Music, Journal of General Music Education (formerly known as General Music Today), SBO+, and authored book chapters for two texts. He is the recipient of several awards, and he serves as the Chair of NAfME’s Council for General Music Education, President of the Alabama Music Educators Association, and is a member of the Alabama State Council on the Arts.

Jennifer Bailey headshotJennifer Bailey has 25 years’ experience teaching young children and has been with Farmington Public Schools in Michigan for 21 years. She holds a BM in performance from Michigan State University in East Lansing, teacher certification from the University of Houston in Texas, and a MMEd from Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She is an early childhood and elementary General Music Instructor for the Gordon Institute for Music Learning and is Level 1 certified in Orff Schulwerk. She is the author of Sing-To-Kids songbooks and co-author of the Jump Right In elementary music series. She serves on the NAfME Council for General Music Education and is a frequent presenter at clinics for regional and state music education and technology conferences.

David RankineDavid Rankine is a certified teacher trainer in First Steps in Music and Conversational Solfège who has been teaching music in Kingston, Ontario, area schools, community organizations, and historic sites for more than 20 years. He is the former artistic director of the Gananoque Choral Society and the former music director of the Young Choristers Limestone Junior Choir.

Anthony Molinaro headshotAnthony Molinaro has taught public school music incorporating the Dalcroze approach for 16 years and is a guest lecturer at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. He is a frequent workshop presenter, and creator of The New Dalcrozian podcast and the SubStack newsletter MusicXT-Moments and Movement. He served as Board chair and treasurer of the Dalcroze Society of America.

Stephen Neely headshotStephen Neely is the Carnegie Mellon University Milton and Cynthia Friedman Assistant Professor of Music, where he serves as director of the Marta Sanchez Dalcroze Training Center and the pre-college programs at CMU. A Past President of the Dalcroze Society of America, he is the Co-Chair of the International Conference of Dalcroze Studies and Co-Founder of the Virtual Dalcroze Meet-up.

Melissa Stouffer HeadshotMelissa Stouffer is a music teacher in Michigan. She has taught infants through middle school general music, elementary and middle school choir, as well as a middle school band program that she founded while teaching on a cart. She has a BS in Psychology and BME in Music Education from Central Michigan University and is Kodály Level Three certified. She serves as the President of the Michigan Kodály Educators and on several committees for OAKE and the Michigan Music Educators Association. She is a frequent presenter and the creator and author of www.mrsstouffersmusicroom.com.

Manju Durairaj headshotManju Durairaj is the Lower School Music Teacher at the Latin School of Chicago, President of the Illinois Music Educators Association (ILMEA) elementary general music division, Vice President Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Access (DEIA) of American Orff Schulwerk Association (AOSA), Past President of the Greater Chicago Orff Chapter (GCAOSA), and is a certified Orff Schulwerk Levels Teacher Educator. A certified Arts Integration Specialist, she is an Adjunct Professor at VanderCook College of Music in Chicago, Illinois.

Patricia Shehan Campbell headshot with World Music Pedagogy booksPatricia Shehan Campbell is Professor Emeritus at the University of Washington in Seattle, where she taught courses at the interface of education and ethnomusicology for 35 years. Her work is in World Music Pedagogy and children’s musical cultures, with multiple publications that include Global Music Cultures, Teaching Music Globally, Songs in Their Heads, Music, Education and Diversity, the Oxford Handbook on Children’s Musical Cultures, Oxford’s 28-volume Global Music Series, and the Routledge World Music Pedagogy Series. She is educational consultant to Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, the Alan Lomax recordings, and the Global Jukebox.

Jeaneau Julian headshotJeaneau Julian is in her 23rd year of teaching music, currently at Manitou Park Elementary in Tacoma, Washington, and she serves as Vice President of the American Center for Music and Movement. She was previously the Music Specialist at Terry Elementary School in Little Rock, Arkansas, for 10.5 years. She completed her undergraduate degree in Instrumental Music Education and all of her Kodály levels from the University of Oklahoma in Norman, and she earned a master’s degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from Arkansas Tech University in Russellville. She has completed her Orff Schulwerk Teacher Education levels and serves on the National Board of Trustees of the American Orff Schulwerk Association.

Justine Sullivan headshotJustine-Marie Sullivan is an elemental music and movement educator from Denver, Colorado, and serves as Communication Coordinator for the American Center for Elemental Music and Movement (ACEMM). She holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in Music Education, Performance, and Composition, as well as Orff Schulwerk certification. She splits her professional career between instructing in classroom and studio settings ranging from kindergarten through undergraduate music education courses, and in marketing/social media/design projects for local and national music education professional development and advocacy groups.


April 2024 Teaching Music

Start Date

April 27, 2024

End Date

April 27, 2024

Start and End Time

11:00 am - 4:00 pm (ET)

Event Category

  • Conference
  • Live Virtual
  • Virtual


  • General Music

Teaching Levels

  • Administrator/Supervisor
  • PreK-12

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