John Feierabend is considered one of the leading authorities on music and movement development. His teaching has provided thousands of teachers and their students with the materials and techniques to help build community through music by evoking enthusiastic participation of all people. To that end his approach strives for all people to become tuneful, beatful and artful through research based and developmentally appropriate pedagogies that use quality literature.

Dr. Feierabend continues to be committed to collecting, preserving and teaching diverse folk music and using that folk music as a bridge to help children understand and enjoy classical music. Dr. Feierabend's research has resulted in two music methods; First Steps in Music, a music and movement program for children birth to age 8, and Conversational Solfege, a music literacy method for use in general music classes.


Lillie Feierabend is known for her work with young children and instilling a love of music within them. She has been an early childhood and general music educator for over thirty years and was a conductor for the Connecticut Children’s Chorus for eighteen. She has twice been honored with her respective district’s Teacher of the Year Award for her inclusive and innovative music programs, and in 2008 also received the Outstanding Elementary Music Educator Award from the Connecticut Music Educators Association.

She is a frequent clinician at local, state and national conferences, and has presented over two hundred sessions on music and movement development. She conducts regional honors choirs and teaches weeklong workshops around the country including Anderson University (IN), Gordon College (MA), Silver Lake College (WI), and the University of Hartford (CT). Over the course of her career, Lillie has mentored twenty-three student teachers and will forever be grateful for the opportunity.

Lillie is a founding and lifetime member of FAME. While she taught First Steps in Music and Conversational Solfege as they evolved, she became an endorsed Teacher Trainer in both curriculums in 2012. She is also a member of NAfME, OAKE, CMEA (Connecticut Music Educators Association), and ACDA, where she served as the National Children’s Honor Choir Chair for the 2010 Conference. She is a member and former president of KESNE (Kodaly Educators of Southern New England) and President Elect of the regional chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, an international society of women educators dedicated to impacting education worldwide.


Dr Dave Kelman has worked for the last thirty years as a youth theatre director, writer, researcher and drama educator in Melbourne and Leeds UK. He has directed critically acclaimed works at the Malthouse Theatre, has delivered many innovative arts residencies in schools, is a widely published researcher and is an award-winning lecturer in arts education. He has a doctorate in drama education from the University of Melbourne.

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Dani Rocca is a musician and music teacher. She has been using marimba in her primary teaching for many years and runs the successful performance group, the MarimbaTaters, at Tate Street Primary School. Dani enjoys arranging for marimba groups and sharing her love of marimba with others. She has run community groups, marimba 'musters' (large scale massed marimba events) and taught at community music camps. Dani is excited to share her love of marimba, the repertoire that she uses in her groups and classes, and teaching ideas with other music educators.