Welcome to the official website of Craig Knapp

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. 



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.



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:



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

Feierabend Fundamentals
History, Philiospohy, and Practice


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.


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:



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:



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!


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:



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


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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