For Your Audiation, April 2023

April 4, 2023

What's Happening with GIML?

Your monthly GIML missive

New Password for Members Only

'Tis the season for a new password for the members only section of the website. The new password was sent to members on March 25. If you did not received the password or cannot find it in your email, please email 

GIML Quarterly Workshop

With Beth Bolton

GIML is excited to present Audiation Soup: New Tunes for a New Era with Dr. Beth Bolton on Saturday, May 6th from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm EST. This workshop is FREE for GIML members. 

Chapter Event

NE-GIML Chapter Event: The Choral Musician

Join GIML faculty member Andy Mullen as he discusses how to incorporate MLT into the beginning and intermediate choir.  This workshop will set the stage for the brand new Choral PDLC being taught at the University of Maryland this summer from August 7-18, and will feature excerpts from Andy's new choral resource, The Choral Musician.


GIML Video Project

Have something great going on in your classroom? Are you rocking your LSAs after taking a PDLC? Are your students singing bass lines in Lydian tonality? We want to see! Please consider sharing video of your great teaching with the GIML Video project. 

New Audio Resource

1980 Lectures

Listen to the out of print audio lectures from Dr. Gordon! This audio is now available in the audio section of the members-only area. 

PDLC Registration is Open!

Take a Summer PDLC

Hop on over to the Summer 2023 page and check out what we are offering this summer, including Early Childhood, Elementary General 1 and 2, Instrumental, Piano 1 and 2, and our brand new Choral strand! Registration is now open for these life-changing courses. 

From the Archive

What was Edwin Gordon pondering in 1989 while he was teaching at Temple University?

What were some of the influences in his life and professional career thus far?

Get a personal look at Gordon’s brief professional biography emphasizing the major influences in his life. This short 8-page paper, titled Forward, can be found at the Edwin E. Gordon Archive under Papers.

After reading the paper, we invite you to go on a treasure hunt. This paper is titled, Forward¸
which implies that it was written for a book. Did it ever appear in print? If so, what book? If
you find the answer, email GIML Historian Gordon Davignon,


Historian Committee:

Gordon Davignon, Historian Committee Chair

Denise Guilbault, PhD

Diane Lange, PhD

From the Membership Commission

Interested in the Choral Professional Development Learning Courses (PDLCs) this coming summer? Learn a little bit about the practical applications faculty! 

Andy Mullen

Andy’s Journey to Music Learning Theory

Andy describes his musical journey as “circuitous”. Prior to his career as a music teacher, Andy taught English for ten years while performing as a singer/songwriter on the side. During his Master’s degree at Brooklyn Conservatory and in his early years as a music teacher, Andy sought a set of principles for teaching music. Exploring the work of John Feierabend and James Jordan led him to Dr. Gordon’s research, which has since changed the course of his teaching. MLT gave Andy a roadmap that can always direct the tonal, rhythm, and skill development of his students.

MLT in the Choral Setting

Andy’s approach to teaching chorus is teaching two instruments: the vocal instrument and the
audiation instrument. His advice for chorus teachers who may want to teach audiation skills but are short on time due to concert preparation is to “find ways to multi-task.” Musicianship skills can be worked into warm-ups by varying tonalities and meters, and using “sight-reading” (a.k.a. reading!) exercises that are based on tonal and rhythm patterns learned at earlier skill levels. His
upcoming resource “The Choral Musician” will help teachers launch a sight-singing curriculum in the choral classroom – stay tuned for that!

Choral Level I PDLC

Andy says participants can expect to learn about tonal and rhythm audiation development along with practical application for the choral classroom. For each skill level, participants will learn accompanying classroom activities such as warm-ups, rehearsal techniques, and activities to reinforce a skill in the rehearsal process. Participants will also work on their own musicianship as a community. Andy looks forward to being surrounded by like-minded individuals and making music with others on their MLT journey. It’s his “favorite time of year!”

Fun Facts

Andy is an avid chess player, an amateur chef, and keeps cats .

Upcoming Dates

  • April 14, 2023 at 2:30pm - Christopher Azzara
    “Connect, Create, and Communicate through Improvisation”
    National Association for Music Education (NAfME), Eastern Division Conference
    Riverside Convention Center, Rochester, NY
  • April 30, 2023 at 6:00-8:00pm - New England GIML
    The Choral Musician with Andy Mullen
  • May 6, 2023 at 9:00am-12:00pm - Audiation Soup with Beth Bolton
  • July 10-14, 2023 - Christopher Azzara
    Developing Musicianship through Improvisation
    Gordon College, Wenham, MA
    Kristen Harrington
  • July 17-28, 2023 - Christopher Azzara
    Instrumental Methods and Techniques
    Developing Musicianship through Improvisation
    Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY
    Sylvie Beaudette

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