Welcome to Craig Knapp's Website

Craig Knapp is the director of the Nassau and Suffolk Treble Choirs of the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra of New York, Elementary Classroom Music Specialist and Choral Director in the Rocky Point Public School District, Adjunct Assistant Professor at Hofstra University, Director of the Early Childhood Community Music Program at Stony Brook University, music educator, guest conductor, clinician, folk dance leader and author.

Upcoming Events

9/18/19

Introduction to Conversational Solfege - Suffolk NYSCAME PD Workshop

4:00PM - 6:00PM

Hauppauge Mid. Sch. Hauppauge, NY

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9/18/19

Introduction to Conversational Solfege - Suffolk NYSCAME PD Workshop

Craig is presenting this 2-hour Professional Development workshop as part of the New York State Council of Administrators of Music Education, Suffolk County Chapter, PD Series. Conversational Solfege is a pedagogical method created by Dr. John Feierabend that develops musical literacy. Conversational Solfege develops an understanding of music through the use of rhythm syllables and solfege syllables at a conversational level, and then gradually evolves into traditional notation. For more information, please visit:


https://www.nyscamesuffolk.org/professional-development/

4:00PM - 6:00PM

Hauppauge Mid. Sch. Hauppauge, NY

10/15/19

Introduction to Conversational Solfege - Nassau NYSCAME PD Workshop

4:00PM - 6:00PM

Herricks Middle School Albertson, NY

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10/15/19

Introduction to Conversational Solfege - Nassau NYSCAME PD Workshop

Craig is presenting this 2-hour Professional Development workshop as part of the New York State Council of Administrators of Music Education, Nassau County Chapter, PD Series. Conversational Solfege is a pedagogical method created by Dr. John Feierabend that develops musical literacy. Conversational Solfege develops an understanding of music through the use of rhythm syllables and solfege syllables at a conversational level, and then gradually evolves into traditional notation. For more information, please visit:


http://nassaunyscame.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/nyscame_workshops_1920.pdf

4:00PM - 6:00PM

Herricks Middle School Albertson, NY

10/25/19

Best Practices in Elementary General Music

8:00AM - 10:0AM

LIU CW Post Campus Brookville, NY

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10/25/19

Best Practices in Elementary General Music

Craig will be presenting a workshop for the music education students at Long Island University's C.W. Post Campus. This workshop will include various activities utilizing the Orff Schulwerk approach, the Kodály Concept and the Feierabend philosophy of music education. Participants will sing, say, dance and play in a tuneful, beautiful artful way!

8:00AM - 10:0AM

LIU CW Post Campus Brookville, NY

11/16/19

NMEA PEAK Festival

8:OOAM - 2:00PM

Freeport High School Freeport, NY

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11/16/19

NMEA PEAK Festival

Craig will be leading folk dance workshops for the NMEA (Nassau Music Educators Association) PEAK (Parents, Educators and Kids) Festival. The PEAK (Parents, Educators, and Kids) festival is a celebration of elementary classroom music and a unique experience where Parents, Educators and Kids can participate together. For more information, please visit:

https://nassaumusic.org/

8:OOAM - 2:00PM

Freeport High School Freeport, NY

11/20/19 - 11/23/19

First Steps in Music with Orff Schulwerk AOSA National Professional Development Conference

Salt Palace Con. Center Salt Lake City, UT

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11/20/19 - 11/23/19

First Steps in Music with Orff Schulwerk AOSA National Professional Development Conference

Craig will be co-presenting a workshop, "First Steps in Music with Orff Schulwerk" at the American Orff-Schulwerk Association (AOSA) National Professional Development Conference at the Salt Palace Convention Center, with Joani Brandon, Rachel Grimsby and Chris Tranberg. Come experience joyful activities which follow the 8-part workout from First Steps in Music while integrating the Orff approach. For more information, please visit:


https://aosa.org/annual-conference/

Salt Palace Con. Center Salt Lake City, UT

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Audio

Here are some recordings from Craig's recent choral conducting with the MYO Nassau and Suffolk Treble Choirs, which includes children in grades 4-6.

News

6/23/19


Auditions for the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra of New York's 2019-2020 season take place on Saturday, September 7.

Midweek Auditions May Be Available Upon Request .

Please click the link below for more information:

http://www.myo.org/auditions/


5/28/19


Auditions for the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra of New York's 2019-2020 season take place on Saturday, June 8.

Midweek Auditions May Be Available Upon Request .

Please click the link below for more information:

http://www.myo.org/auditions/


5/1/19


Auditions for the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra of New York's 2019-2020 season take place on Saturday, May 11 and Saturday, June 8.

Midweek Auditions May Be Available Upon Request .

Please click the link below for more information:

http://www.myo.org/auditions/


4/21/19


There will be a FREE Open House on Saturday, May 11, for families interested in enrolling in the First Steps of Music program at Stony Brook University. First Steps in Music is the Stony Brook University Children's Music Program for children entering pre-K through 1st grade. Designed for early childhood, these classes develop motor and language skills through songs and creative movement while encouraging constructive social interactions through group activities and games. This joyful experience ignites a musical spark for a lifetime of learning and builds up readiness for more formal music training.

Please click the link below for more information:

https://form.jotform.com/sbumusicdepartment/childrens-music-open-house


1/6/19


I am happy to announce that I will be directing a Children's Camp camp this summer at StonyBrook University. The camp will take place from August 5-10, and will culminate with a performance at the Staller Center for the Arts. More information will be available soon.


1/3/19


Registration will be opening soon for the Hofstra Music Summer Term. This summer Hofstra is offering two FAME endorsed certification courses, "First Steps in Music" and "Conversational Solfege" from July 22-July 26. I will be teaching the Conversational Solfege course and my colleague Rachel Grimsby will be teaching the First Steps in Music course.


New Course at Hofstra! This summer, I will be teaching a new course, "First Steps in Music with Orff Schulwerk: Sing, Say, Dance, Play." This FAME endorsed course will take place from July 29-August 2.


Hofstra will also continue its close to 30-year tradition of offering AOSA endorsed Orff Schulwerk Teacher Education certification courses (Levels 1 and 2 will be offered this summer) from July 8-July 19. Click below for registration information:


https://www.hofstra.edu/academics/colleges/soeahs/tll/mused/mused-orff-schulwerk.html


1/1/19


I am honored to be presenting Feierabend inspired workshops for the Cincinnati Boychoir Teacher Workshop on Saturday, February 2, 2019. For more information click below:


http://cincinnatiboychoir.org/register/


9/5/18


Registration in now open for the 2018-2019 Stony Brook University Community Children's Music Program. Classes include two levels of First Steps of Music and brand new this year will be an Elementary Orff Ensemble. Please click the link below for more information.


https://www.stonybrook.edu/commcms/music/community_programs/community_programs.shtml


9/1/18


Auditions for the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra of New York's 2018-2019 season take place on Saturday, September 8, 2018. Please click below for more information:


www.myo.org/auditions


8/1/18


I'm proud to announce that my latest project from GIA Publications is now available.


Feierabend Fundamentals
History, Philiospohy, and Practice


https://www.giamusic.com/store/resource/feierabend-fundamentals-print-g9736


Feierabend Fundamentals: History, Philosophy, and Practice is the first comprehensive look at all aspects of John M. Feierabend's innovative and popular approach to teaching music, written by a team of practitioners from early childhood to college and beyond.


Topics include elementary general music, instrumental and choral music, assessment, children with special needs, establishing a First Steps business, and a comparison of the major music education methodologies.


Feierabend Fundamentals is written for new teachers, teachers certified by the Feierabend Association for Music Education, veteran teachers, and undergraduate and graduate college students.


Edited and compiled by Missy Strong and John M. Feierabend, this book is a major contribution to the music education profession and is a significant step to bringing this powerful yet child-centered approach to an even larger community.


5/10/18


Registration is now open for the Hofstra Music Summer Term. This summer Hofstra is offering two FAME endorsed certification courses, "First Steps in Music" and "Conversational Solfege" from June 25-June 29. Hofstra will also continue its close to 30-year tradition of offering AOSA endorsed Orff Schulwerk Teacher Education certification courses (Levels 1 and 2 will be offered this summer) from July 9-July 20. Click below for registration information:


https://www.hofstra.edu/academics/colleges/soeahs/tll/mused/mused-orff-schulwerk.html


5/7/18


Auditions for the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra of New York's 2018-2019 season take place on Saturday, May 19 and Saturday, June 9. Please click below for more information:


www.myo.org/auditions


3/18/18


Coming in the Fall of 2018 to the

Stony Brook University Community Children's Music Program....


Elementary Orff Ensemble


This Saturday morning Orff Ensemble will take place on Saturday mornings at SUNY Stony Brook and will be open to students in Grades 2-5.

Stay Tuned for more information!


1/15/18


I'm honored to announce that I have been selected to teach the

20-hour Pre-Conference Conversational Solfege Certification Course for the

3rd Biennial FAME Conference.

Here is the information:

Wednesday, July 18-Friday, July 20, 2018

Conversational Solfege, Levels 1&2 Certification Course

Chicago Midway Marriott, Chicago, IL

This is the 2018 Feierabend Association for Music Education (FAME) Pre-Conference Course. This course takes place for three days on site prior to the 2018 FAME Biennial Conference.


Graduate Credit Available through VanderCook University


Click the link below for additional information:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/3rd-biennial-fame-conference-registration-42445987090#tickets


1/1/18


I'm proud to announce that my latest project from GIA Publications is now available.


First Steps in Music with Orff Schulwerk
Sing, Say, Dance, Play


https://www.giamusic.com/search_details.cfm?title_id=29127


by Joani Brandon / Betsy Greene / Rachel Grimsby / Craig Knapp / Chris Tranberg


Written by a team of five master elementary general music teachers, this  comprehensive book is full of strategies and activities that link the Orff Schulwerk approach and John M. Feierabend’s successful First Steps in Music methodology.


As Dr. Feierabend states in his Foreword, “This book helps students to sing, say, dance, and play as a means of  becoming tuneful, beatful, and artful.”


The authors include classroom-ready activities relating to each of the eight parts of the First Steps in Music approach: Pitch Exploration/Vocal Warm-Up, Fragment Singing, Simple Songs, Arioso, Song Tales, Movement Exploration/Warm-Up, Movement for Form and Expression, and Movement with Beat Motions.


This book also includes a set of twelve complete lesson plans, supplemental repertoire, and a significantly expanded  section on Arioso.


Whether you are an Orff teacher looking to augment your teaching with quality extensions or you are a First Steps in Music teacher wishing to connect to the best of Orff, this book is written for you!

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