The Gordon Institute for Music Learning

Empowering independent musicians through audiation.

Music Learning Theory is an explanation of how we learn when we learn music. Based on an extensive body of research and practical field testing by Edwin E. Gordon and others, Music Learning Theory focuses on the teaching of audiation, Gordon's term for hearing music in the mind with understanding. Teaching methods help music teachers establish sequential curricular objectives in accord with their own teaching styles and beliefs.

Welcome to GIML, the Gordon Institute for Music Learning

Welcome to the website of the Gordon Institute for Music Learning (GIML).  We are dedicated to advancing the ideas and Music Learning Theory of Edwin E. Gordon, who was a music education researcher and pioneer. GIML welcomes all who are interested in learning more about how children learn music and about how to support the musical growth and development of every person. As such, we provide an interactive musical community that provides professional development and resources for teachers and musicians who want to learn to grow professionally and musically. We believe that everyone has the potential to be musical.

This website is a rich resource. Through exploring it you will find opportunities to learn more about Music Learning Theory through workshops, podcasts, Professional Development Levels Certification courses, and videos of teachers using Music Learning Theory in their classrooms. You also will find a wealth of teaching materials to use in your own classrooms and reading materials to deepen your understanding of Music Learning Theory. 

We hope that you will become a member of GIML and join the conversation!

Cindy Taggart

Dr. Cynthia Taggart PRESIDENT

Upcoming Events

GIML is pleased to announce our next Online Faculty Hangout, "All Things Early Childhood," facilitated by Butch Marshall. It will take place on FRIDAY, December

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Faculty Hangout with Butch Marshall

Come hang out with NE GIML! Andy Mullen and Jen Doiron will share C/I activities for students k-8, plus any other C/I activities you'd like

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NE GIML Chapter Share: Creativity/Improvisation

Please join MI GIML for our November meeting! Michigan GIML Presents:The ABCs of MLT!Sunday, November 14th, 20213:00-6:00pmLocation: Live online webinar via Zoom. The link will

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MI GIML Chapter Event: The ABCs of MLT!

Most Recent Edition of

For Your Audiation

Please enjoy the latest installment of For Your Audiation.  What's Happening with GIML?Here are the upcoming events you should know about!Faculty HangoutFaculty

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