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Feierabend to Lecture on Children and Music
John Feierabend, professor of music education and director of the Music Education Division at The Hartt School, will give the next lecture in the Presidents’ College Fellows Lectures series at the University of Hartford. The lecture will take place in the KF Room at the Mortensen Library at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 7. It is free and open to the public.
Feierabend is a leading national and international authority on music and movement development in early childhood. He makes frequent presentations both in the United States and abroad and is the author of over 60 books, CDs, and DVDs. He was the first American recipient of the international LEGO prize, an award given annually to someone who has "helped to make the world a better place for children to live and grow."
Feierabend’s topic, “Endangered Musical Minds,” will address the importance of musical development in early childhood. “All of us are born with some potential to be musical,” comments Dr. Feierabend, “but with inappropriate or no music experiences in the early years, we can lose our intuitiveness for making accurate and sensitive responses.” Since such skills are dependent on the developmental stages of the brain, they cannot be readily acquired later in life. The future success of musical performers, as well as basic musical participation in daily life, depends upon early intervention.
A music educator for over 30 years, Feierabend continues to be committed to collecting, preserving and teaching the diverse folk music of our country and to using that folk music as a bridge to help children understand and enjoy classical music. His research has resulted in two music curricula; "First Steps in Music," a music and movement program for infants through early elementary aged children, and "Conversational Solfege," a music literacy method for use in general music classes. Feierabend also helped develop the PBS children's television series Lomax: The Hound of Music, which is based on his First Steps in Music curriculum.
Feierabend’s CDs and other publications will be available for sale following the lecture.
This lecture is sponsored by Jennifer and Peter Eio.