Chris Anne Powers has been utilizing both First Steps in Music and Conversational Solfege since she started teaching elementary music 25 years ago. She is currently the K–5 General Music, Band, Chorus and Theater teacher at Cos Cob School in Greenwich, Connecticut, where she also co-directs the Greenwich Public Schools Honor Choir. Chris received her undergraduate degree in Music Education as well as her Kodaly Certificate from The Hartt School, where she first met and studied with Dr. John Feierabend. She also holds a master’s degree in education from Sacred Heart University. Chris was a driving force in her district’s adoption of the First Steps in Music for Preschool & Beyond and Conversational Solfege materials, where she helped craft a ground-breaking approach in which students learn rhythm and tonal units of Conversational Solfege simultaneously. As a Dual Endorsed Teacher Trainer for FAME, Chris presents professional development workshops and FAME certification courses around the country. She is honored to be a Founding Member of FAME and currently serves as Co-Chair of the Teacher Trainer Committee and Conference Committee. Chris is a contributing author to the Feierabend Fundamentals book and, in 2019, received the Greenwich Distinguished Teachers Award. She lives a music-filled life in Stamford, Connecticut, with her husband Jed and their boys Jay and Tommy as well as her beautiful fur baby Fenway!
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