2016 Professional Development Levels Courses

Michigan State University – East Lansing, MI

June 20 – July 1, 2016
Early Childhood Music, Level 2
Faculty: Bailey, Marshall
Contact: Cynthia Taggart (e-mail)

Temple University – Philadelphia, PA

July 5 – 15, 2016
Instrumental, Level 1 – Elem. General Music, Level 1 – Early Childhood Music, Level 1
Faculty: Bolton, Burton, Grunow, Liperote, Reynolds
Contact: Beth Bolton (e-mail)

University at Buffalo – Buffalo, NY

July 11 – 22, 2016
Instrumental, Level 1
Faculty: Bacon, Martin
Contact: Beth Etopio (e-mail)

Radford University – Radford, VA

July 11 – 22, 2016
Elementary General Music, Level 1
Faculty: Hornbach, McDonel
Contact: Jennifer McDonel (e-mail)

University of South Carolina – Columbia, SC

July 11 – 22, 2016
Early Childhood Music, Level 1 & Level 2
Faculty: Bailey, Marshall, Valerio
Contact: Wendy Valerio (e-mail)

Northern State University – Aberdeen, SD

July 25 – August 5, 2016
Elementary General Music, Level 1
Faculty: Lange, McDonel
Contact: Wendy van Gent (e-mail)

Bridgewater State University – Bridgewater, MA

August 1 – 12, 2016
Early Childhood Music, Level 1
Faculty: Kirby, Sigmund
Contact: Sarah McQuarrie (e-mail)

Brookline Music School – Brookline, MA

August 1 – 12, 2016
Piano, Level 1
Faculty: Fisher, Lowe
Contact: Krista Jadro (e-mail)


PDLC registration and payment is now online!

You can fill out our registration form here.



Carol Gordon Professional Development Scholarship

April 2016

The Carol Gordon Professional Development Scholarship was created by the Gordon Institute for Music Learning to honor Carol Goodridge Beccue Gordon’s contributions to Music Learning Theory. The purpose of this scholarship is to advance the mission of GIML through supporting university faculty interested in learning more about Gordon’s Music Learning Theory and incorporating it into their teaching of future music educators.


  1. Must be a college/university music faculty teaching general music, instrumental, or choral methods courses within a music education program.
  2. Must be a first time attendee of a GIML Professional Development Course.
  3. Must complete application form, available here.


Each scholarship will cover 100% of the course registration and tuition fees (approximately $640). Scholarship recipients are responsible for the cost of housing (if applicable), transportation, meals, required workshop materials, and optional additional tuition for graduate credits. The number of scholarships provided each year will depend on availability of funds and sites each year.


Final selection of the scholarship winner(s) will be decided by the Executive Board of the Gordon Institute of Music Learning. No member of the GIML Executive Board, or his or her immediate family, is eligible for scholarship assistance during his or her tenure on the Executive Board.


The Education Committee Chair will notify the chosen scholarship recipient(s) of the Executive Board’s decision. The scholarship payment will be made upon verification of applicant’s attendance at the selected Professional Development course. Payment will be made to the Gordon Institute for Music Learning. The scholarship recipient should submit to GIML a one-page follow-up statement in which he or she reflects on his or her experiences in the course and the ways in which he or she expects these experiences to impact future teaching.

Information about GIML professional development levels and specific dates/locations of 2016 courses can be found on the GIML website. If you have questions or would like more information about GIML professional development levels and/or the scholarship, please contact Heather Kirby, GIML Education Commission Chair, at HeatherKirbyMusic@gmail.com.

To be considered for one of these scholarships, please complete and submit the application form by May 15, 2016. Scholarship applications will be reviewed by the GIML Executive Board. Recipients will be selected based on application clarity and site enrollment availability and notified of decision by June 1, 2016.



GIML Faculty

Christopher Azzara, Ph.D.
• Eastman School of Music
Terry Bacon, M.M.
• Churchville-Chili (NY) Central School District
Jennifer Bailey, M.M.
• Farmington (MI) Public Schools
Beth Bolton, Ph.D.
• Temple University
Suzanne Burton, Ph.D.
• University of Delaware
Jennifer Fisher, M.A.
• Eastern Michigan University
Richard Grunow, Ph.D.
• Eastman School of Music
Holley Haynes, M.M.
• Mendon Community Nursery School
Christina Hornbach, Ph.D.
• Hope College
Heather Kirby, M.M.
• Dedham (MA) Public Schools
Diane Lange, Ph.D.
• University of Texas, Arlington
Kathy Liperote, Ph.D.
• Eastman School of Music
Marilyn Lowe, M.M.
• Springfield, Missouri
Herbert Marshall, Ph.D.
• Baldwin Wallace Conservatory
Michael E. Martin, M.M.
• School District of Haverford Township (PA)
Jennifer S. McDonel, Ph.D.
• Radford University
Anna Preston, M.M.
• Haddonfield (NJ) Friends School
Jill Reese, Ph.D.
• State University of New York at Fredonia
Alison Reynolds, Ph.D.
• Temple University
Heather Nelson Shouldice, Ph.D.
• Eastern Michigan University
Natasha Sigmund, M.M.
• Cinnaminson Township (NJ) Public Schools
David Stringham, Ph.D.
• James Madison University
Cynthia Crump Taggart, Ph.D.
• Michigan State University
Wendy Valerio, Ph.D.
• University of South Carolina