Michigan GIML

Supporting the study, support, and growth of Music Learning Theory throughout the state of Michigan.

Welcome to the Michigan Chapter of the Gordon Institute for Music Learning. We are a non-profit organization of K-12 music teachers dedicated to the enrichment of music education in Michigan through the application of Music Learning Theory as developed by Dr. Edwin Gordon.
Our mission is to: 

 • Share teaching ideas and techniques involving Music Learning Theory through workshops and newsletters.
 • Continue the study of Music Learning Theory. 
 • Keep abreast of current research as it relates to our teaching.
 • Support educators using Music Learning Theory 
 • Advocate the use of Music Learning Theory in our schools.

GIML Ethics Statement: 
The Gordon Institute for Music Learning strongly encourages members to act in a positive and professional manner when discussing our organization and Music Learning Theory in general.  Members are encouraged to recognize and remain open to varied approaches and to celebrate both our differences and our similarities.

What's New With Michigan GIML?

Michigan GIML Events and Workshops

Sunday, January 28th 12-2pm

A Two-For-One-Special! with Dr. Josh Palkki

Presented by MI-GIML and RM-GIML


GIML members and students: $5    Non-GIML members: $20

Register here!

Michigan GIML Board

Claire peterson


Claire Peterson teaches DK-1st grade music at Wilkshire Early Childhood Center in Haslett, MI. She earned her Bachelors in Music Education from Michigan State University with Cindy Taggart and is finishing her Masters in Music Education from Eastern Michigan University with Heather Shouldice. Claire holds her Elementary General Level 1 from GIML. 

Claire is also loves fitness and is a barre instructor at The Barre Code in East Lansing! 

Jess glaser


Bio coming soon!

Maria schoon


Maria Schoon is a middle school choir director and elementary music teacher for Grand Haven Area Public Schools. She earned her bachelors degree in music education at Michigan State University with Karen Salvador, and holds level one certifications in early childhood and elementary music from GIML. When she isn't teaching, Maria can be found reading yet another book or walking with her perfect golden retriever, Brad. 

alicia bushor


Bio coming soon!

Rosalia schultz


Rosalia holds Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in Piano Pedagogy from Michigan State University.  During her graduate studies, she taught early childhood music and piano at MSU’s Community Music School in East Lansing.  She also taught general music at Children’s House Montessori School in Lansing.  Following graduation, she helped coordinate the children’s piano program at Schoolcraft College in Livonia and taught general music at William Allan Academy in Northville.  Rosalia began teaching general music at Cranbrook Schools, Brookside in the fall of 2004.  In January 2016, she was awarded a semester-long sabbatical where she composed and published a set of six vocal art songs and compiled a Brookside Songbook (Volume 2).  In 2019, she was recognized as a SMART Exemplary Educator. 

Rosalia has had the privilege of learning under Edwin Gordon, (Music Learning Theory; Gordon Institute for Music Learning) and holds level 1 certifications in both Early Childhood Music and Elementary General Music in MLT.  She remains an active member of several organizations, including: Gordon Institute for Music Learning (GIML), Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), Michigan Music Teachers Association (MMTA), and American Orff-Schulwerk Association (AOSA).  Putting these professional associations to practice, she is a frequent conference presenter, piano adjudicator, and vocal clinician. 

jillian brennan


Jillian Brennan teaches 1st-5th grade music at Hillside Elementary in Farmington Hills, MI. She received her Bachelors in Music Education at Michigan State University with Cindy Taggart and Karen Salvador. While at MSU, she taught early childhood music was an assistant director for a children's choir at the MSU Community Music School.  Jillian is an active member of Gordon Institute for Music Learning (GIML) and Michigan Music Education Association (MMEA). She holds her Elementary General Level One certification.

Outside of the classroom Jillian enjoys running, hiking, and spending time with her family and friends!

Emily Elbode


Bio coming soon!