International Conference

The 8th International Conference on Music Learning Theory

will be held

July 27-29, 2021

The conference will feature both in-person and virtual attendance options, and will be hosted at the Carleton of Oak Park Hotel outside of Chicago, IL.  We are committed to the safety of our attendees and presenters and will provide updates regarding possible format changes as they become available. 

Conference Registration

2021 Conference Registration Rates

Membership Type

Early Bird

On-site Registration

Virtual Rates

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Be sure to select the correct registration option (in-person or virtual). Please note that your conference registration is not complete until you pay the required fees. You will be redirected to a separate and secure PayPal payment portal.

Attendees can change their attendance option (in-person or virtual) anytime, with no penalty, until July 23, 2021.

Hotel Information

Carleton of Oak Park

Reservations: to obtain our special group rate you must call the hotel to book a reservation anytime Monday-Friday, from 9 am – 5 pm CST.
Room Rates
Motel Lodge:

King or Double: $129/night
Queen: $149
King: $159
2 Double Beds: $159

The Carleton of Oak Park

  • Tuesday, July 27

  • Wednesday, July 28

  • Thursday, July 29

***Note: All sessions are in Central Standard Time (CST)***

3:30-4:00 Opening Ceremony: Grand Ballroom

4:15 - 5:15 pm Sessions

BALLROOM: Flowing through the World: Fostering Intercultural Movement Vocabulary (Krystal McCoy) 

FOXBORO: The Missing Chapter in “Learning Sequences in Music?”Harmonic Learning Sequence and Harmonic Music Aptitudes (Eric Rasmussen)

COLUMBIAN: Remembering and Imagining Movement: Shaping the Musical Mind Through Space Audiation (Beth Bolton)  Virtual


Flowing through the World: Fostering Intercultural Movement Vocabulary

Krystal McCoy


The Missing Chapter in “Learning Sequences in Music?”

Harmonic Learning Sequence and Harmonic Music Aptitudes

Eric Rasmussen


(Virtual Presentation)

Remembering and Imagining Movement: Shaping the Musical Mind Through Space Audiation

Beth Bolton

5:30 - 6:30 pm Sessions

BALLROOM: Getting Started with LSAs (Jennifer Bailey)

FOXBORO: Scaffolding Improvisation and Arranging of Pop Music with your Choir (Aimee Pearsall)

COLUMBIAN: Creating Culturally Sustaining Music Classrooms (Lulu Cossich)  Virtual


Getting Started with LSAs

Jennifer Bailey


Scaffolding Improvisation and Arranging of Pop Music with your Choir

Aimee Pearsall


(Virtual Presentation)

Creating Culturally Sustaining Music Classrooms

Lulu Cossich

6:30 - 9:30: Reception and BBQ at the Home of Alec Harris

238 Forest Ave Oak Park, IL (Directions in your registration packet)

We are thrilled to welcome two keynote speakers to this year’s GIML Conference



Open to everyone, included FREE with paid conference registration
Presenters: Brandi Waller-Pace & Lorelei Batislaong
Format: Virtual
Time/Date: Wednesday, 7/28 (2:30-3:30 pm)

Those not registered for the conference can still attend this headliner presentation for $20, regardless of membership status

Click here to buy tickets


Founder, Executive Director


Deputy Director, Lead Editor

Our work means centering BBIA (Black, Brown, Indigenous, and Asian) voices, knowledge, and experiences to challenge the historical dominance of white Western European and American music, narratives, and practices that has resulted in minimization and erasure throughout our field. There is no end point of being "decolonized," only constant learning, reflecting and growing.



Presenter: Dr. James Jordan
Format: Virtual and In-person
Time/Date: Wednesday, 7/28 (10:00-10:45 am)


Rider University

Click here to read Dr. Jordan's Biography

GRAMMY-Nominated conductor James Jordan is recognized and praised throughout the international musical world as one of America’s pre-eminent conductors, recording artists, writers, music psychologists and innovators in choral music. He was described as a “visionary” by The Choral Journal, which cited his book Evoking Sound as a “must read.” His more than 60 books explore both the philosophical and spiritual basis of musicianship, as well as aspects of choral rehearsal teaching and learning and are considered to be the essential books in the conducting profession. At Westminster Choir College he is professor and senior conductor, where he conducts the critically acclaimed Westminster Williamson Voices. He is also director of the Westminster Conducting Institute and co-director of the Choral Institute at Oxford. ( He is Artistic Director and Conductor of the professional choral ensemble, The Same Stream (  James Jordan has studied with many of the iconic teachers of the 20th and 21st centuries:  Elaine Brown, Wilhelm Ehmann, Gail Poch, Janet Yamron,  Frauke Haasemann, Joseph Flummerfelt, and renowned music psychologist, Edwin Gordon and dance educator Sarah Chapman.

In June, 2020, James Jordan was honored to be named the Artistic Director of the first Choir College in China --- a college within the Zhejiang Conservatory of Music, the leading Music Conservatory in Mainland China.  As the Artistic Director of this college, he will shape not only the direction of the college, but his appointment completes a dream of the founder of Westminster Choir College, John Finley Williamson to share the human aspects of Westminster Choir College with the Eastern world.  In addition to helping their renowned faculty mold a curriculum, Dr. Jordan will be in residence several times a year to teach, lecture and conduct at the conservatory.

Dr. Jordan also was named to the Alexander Buono Academy based in New York City. ( As part of their mission, Dr. Jordan has recorded a series of 12 online lectures that review his books dealing with the human aspects of music-making and musicianship.

His extensive discography of recordings with the Westminster Williamson Voices  and The Same Stream Choir have garnered wide critical acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic. He is lauded for his interpretative approaches to scores and to the rich sonorities and choral colors he is able to create with the singers he conducts. Choir and Organ wrote about their Grammy-nominated recording Annelies, “Jordan’s instinctive understanding of the score makes this a profound and emotionally charged experience.” 2019-2020 marked the release of three new recordings with him as conductor:  Silence into Light with the Westminster Williamson Voices; Songs of the Questioner with The Same Stream Choir featuring the music of Thomas LaVoy, Dan Forrest, Peter Relph and Paul Mealor; and Serenity-The Music of Paul Mealor, also with The Same Stream Choir ( The ten CD’s under his direction are available through iTunes and Amazon. His work with The Same Stream Choir will also be seen in a new video documentary and profile released by J.W. Pepper and can be seen at  This year, two recordings will be released with The Same Stream Choir-Serenity: The Music of Paul Mealor and To Hold the Light with the Same Stream on the Spiritum label.  Two recordings by the Westminster Williamson Voices will also be released:  Aurora and The Stars Now Reaarrange Themselves.  Both Recordings feature groundbreaking performances using Choral Improvisation.  These recordings can be found on major streaming outlets (Spotify, ITunes) in addition to Amazon. They can also be found on

As artistic director of The Same Stream Choir, he leads a professional choir that is unlike any other in the world. Founded upon the principles of a shared choral experience at Westminster Choir College, the members of the Grammy-nominated Westminster Williamson Voices who wanted to continue to sing together.  To that end, The Same Stream Choir was established to continue that tradition of extraordinary choral singing while bringing to the fore this ensembles idea of choral one in service to the literature.  The Same Stream enjoys a staff of resident conductors, composers, accompanists and vocal coaches unique in the choral world, in addition to a comprehensive roster of singers. For a video background on this remarkable ensemble:

Dr. Jordan is also the host of a nationally syndicated radio program, Sounds Choral produced at WWFM The Classical Network.  WWFM maintains an archive of his past programs on their website.

James Jordan has long been a passionate advocate of living composers. Many of the works he has shepherded through both performance, recordings and commissions by composers James Whitbourn, Jackson Hill, Paul Mealor, Patrick Hawes, William Duckworth, Eric Whitacre, Gerald Custer, Blake Henson, Anthony Maglione, Thomas LaVoy, Cortlandt Matthews, Sam Scheibe, Peter Relph have found their way into the essential choral canon.  He is editor of one of the largest choral music series in the world, the Evoking Sound Choral Series (GIA) that contains over 300 new publications, editions of standard repertoire, and innovative editions using Harmonic Immersion Solfege.  Complete listings of that Series can be found at  He also is the Editor of the Westminster Choir College Choral Seriesalso published by GIA Publications.

Dr. Jordan’s career and publications have been devoted to innovative educational changes in the choral art, which have been embraced around the world. 2019-20 marks Dr. Jordan’s publication of his 6oth book. 2019-2020 will see: the publication of The Musician’s Being with Dominic Gregorio marking the twentieth Anniversary of the landmark book The Musicians Soul., to be released Movement Warm-ups for Choral Ensembles, Silence Into Light: A Conductorss Guide; Conductor as Architect and Discovering Improvisation through Chant, co-authored with Gary Graden, James Whitbourn and Isabella Burns along with Westminster Choir College students Ari Carillo, Christian Koller, Guillermo Passarin, Alex Tomlinson, Jessica Forbes, and Katrina Roberts. 2020 will also see the publication of The Musicians Empathy: Becoming Another with Jason Max Ferdinand.  Dr. Jordan has also recently completed a  landmark music aural skillsand literacy text, Intonational Solfege.  Dr. Jordan’s books on the choral-warm-up and conducting were published in bi-lingual editions in Mandarin for Mainland China Conductors and teachers. See

James Jordan is also considered to be one of the leading music psychologists and pedagogues in the world. His close association with Edwin Gordon and yielded pedagogy that has re-defined how choral singers learn and how conductors teach. That research and writing has altered the choral music pedagogical landscape and have innovated conducting pedagogy. The teaching and learning pedagogies that James Jordan has developed throughout his life through his over  60 books, focusing on applications of Music Learning Theory developed by his mentor and Ph.D advisor, Edwin Gordon, applied to choral music, new innovations in conducting pedagogy and voice science applied to the choral rehearsal, are used around the world.  He was the first researcher to use Case Study as a viable research design in music education.  He was the first pedagogue to extensively apply the work of Rudolf von Laban to rhythm teaching and learning.  His research has led to a transformation of how movement and rhythm is taught to not only children and adults around the world.  His comprehensive application of Laban Efforts in Combination to conducting and conducting pedgagogy can be studied in two landmark publications The Conductors Gesture and Etudes for Conducting Study and The Ensemble Movement Warm-Up. His exclusive publisher is GIA Publications in Chicago (USA)

His residencies, master classes and guest conducting have taken him throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Australia.  He made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2015, conducting the New York premiere of Paul Mealor’s Stabat Mater. He is also the conductor/artistic director of a new professional choir, The Same Stream (, which begins its touring schedule in 2018.  In November 2015, Dr. Jordan conducted the world premiere of Paul Mealor’s First Symphony: Passiontide, in Scotland. In 2016, the Westminster Williamson Voices was the first college choir to appear in the MetLiveArts series at the Metropolitan Museum of Art performing the virtuosic Kanon Pokajanen by Arvo Pärt.

James Jordan holds a B.M. degree from Susquehanna University, an M.M. in choral conducting from Temple University and a Ph.D. in the psychology of music from Temple University where he was a Russell Conwell Fellow.  James Jordan has been honored as a distinguished alumnus of Temple University, where he has been inducted into the University’s Hall of Fame. In 2016, he received the distinguished alumni medal from Susquehanna University. He was awarded the distinguished Doctor of Music degree by the University of Aberdeen in Scotland in 2014 to honor his artistry and contributions to choral music throughout the world. The University, established in 1485, has awarded degrees throughout its history to only two Americans: Dr. Jordan and Morten Lauridsen. He shares this distinct honor with Gustav Holst, Benjamin Britten and Dame Joan Sutherland. 

Frequently Asked Questions

If I attend virtually will I be able to choose from the full array of conference sessions?

Yes. All live and virtual sessions will be offered in real-time via Zoom or another online platform.

When will I receive details about attending virtually?

Login information for all sessions will be provided 1-2 weeks before the start of the conference, and will be send to the email address used during registration.

I registered to attend in person, but now I would like to attend virtually instead. Can I do that?

Yes, you can change your attendance option anytime. Changes made before July 23rd can be done without penalty.

I am a presenter and I wish to change my presentation type (virtual or in-person). Can I do that?

Yes, you can. Please email to discuss your options.

If I attend in-person will I be able to choose from all sessions (even those presented virtually)?

Yes. All virtual sessions will be shown live in a designated room able to accommodate any in-person attendees who would like to participate.

What safety precautions are being taken at the Carleton Hotel related to the Covid-19 pandemic?

Hotel staff are taken numerous steps to ensure the safety of all conference attendees. Please visit the hotel’s website ( for up-to-date information regarding these precautions.

Is on-site parking available at the Carleton Hotel?

Yes, free onsite parking is available for anyone reserving a room at the Carleton Hotel.

Is the Tuesday evening BBQ still happening?

Yes! The biannual Tuesday evening BBQ WILL be held at the home of Alec Harris.

Pictures from past conferences