About GIML Mastership Level 1 and 2 Certification
Early Childhood, Elementary General Music, and Instrumental Music Concentrations
The Gordon Institute for Music Learning is a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the research in music education pioneered by Edwin E. Gordon. The purpose of the Gordon Institute for Music Learning is to advance music understanding through audiation. We believe in the music potential of each individual, and we support an interactive learning community with opportunities for musical and professional development.
What is Mastership?
A mastership program differs from a workshop. Students who enroll in a mastership program have an active role. They are responsible for learning the material offered, for teaching with a high degree of competence, and for demonstrating their understanding of the method by peer teaching and writing lesson plans.
Who Should Attend?
Early childhood, elementary, middle and high school music teachers, piano teachers, professional performers, and music education students who are interested in furthering their understanding of audiation and enhancing their teaching through an audiation approach. The framework for all classes in the certification course will be provided by music learning theory, developed by Dr. Edwin E. Gordon. Unique practical application of the theory and its use in early childhood, general and instrumental music will be presented by faculty who are experienced in teaching classes based on music learning theory.
*Participants should have some prior knowledge of and background in Music Learning Theory.
*Advance preparation is absolutely necessary to complete the Mastership process. Before enrolling for Level 1, participants should be able to sing rote songs in a variety of tonalities and meters and chant in a variety of meters. Participants should also be able to sing tonal patterns in major and minor tonalities with tonal solfege and chant rhythm patterns in usual duple and triple meters with rhythm solfege as demonstrated on the cassette tape “Developing Musicianship” available through GIA Publications. It is extremely important that students be familiar with all of the reading and teaching materials prior to arrival at the workshop please see the Books and Materials section for a list of publications and ordering information.
Level 2 Certification in Elementary General and Early Childhood Music
In order to participate in Level 2 Certification, you must already hold Level 1 Certification. You may not participate in Level 2 certification without being officially accepted through the application process outlined by the Institute.
Early Childhood Level 2 entrance requirements
A fifteen-minute tape of the candidate teaching children between the ages of birth through five in stages 1-5 of preparatory audiation is required. These will be reviewed in light of the quality of the teaching rather than the success of the children on the tape. The tape should include the following:
- Songs in Mixolydian and Dorian tonalities
- Unusual paired and unpaired meters
- Movement with flow
- Singing and chanting with appropriate pattern instruction
- A one-page reflective statement about the candidate’s development as a practitioner using Music Learning Theory with young children