For Your Audiation, April 2024

April 1, 2024

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Your monthly GIML missive

Letter from the President

Introduction to Poetry

Dear GIML Members,

Billy Collins is one of my favorite poets. He served two terms as the U.S. poet laureate, from 2001-2003. I love his slight southern dialect, his expressive delivery, and his many musical references. For those of you who weren’t teaching then, or perhaps not reading yet, I’ll introduce you to one poem I read recently that embodies my approach to repertoire.

Introduction to Poetry  

from Collins. (1996). The apple that astonished Paris. U. of Arkansas Press.

I ask them to take a poem

and hold it up to the light

like a color slide.

or press an ear against its hive.

I say drop a mouse into a poem

and watch him probe his way out,

or walk inside the poem’s room

and feel the walls for a light switch.

I want them to waterski

across the surface of a poem

saving at the author’s name on the shore.

But all they want to do

is tie the poem to a chair with rope

and torture a confession out of it.

They begin beating it with a hose

To find out what it really means.

I used to worry about the composer’s intent also, trying to be a vessel for their creativity. But I premiered many works for many living composers and found most of them to be quite flexible, affable, and still curious about making meaning from their pieces. And then I became a learner-centered teacher and, quietly, determined that I was choosing repertoire for musical development. Thus, I was allowed to make informed, musical choices as long as they were in service of music learners and learning. I also let go of the notion that there was one meaning in a song. “Here’s what this means to me. What does it mean to you?” became my new mantra.

Spring is a good season for poetry. Hold one up to the April sunshine and see what potential it holds for you and your students.

Here are some links for more:

This specific poem:

Billy Collins on TED – Two poems about what dogs think (probably)


Butch Marshall

Members Only Password Change

All GIML members should have received an email from Amy Sierzega, our interim executive director, with an updated password for the members only area. Please check your email for the new password.

Reminder: PDLCS Registration is Open

GIML is excited to present these Professional Development Level Courses for Summer 2024. Registration is open! 

Michigan State University (East Lansing, MI)
Dates: June 17 - June 28, 2024
Site Manager: Cynthia Taggart (
Faculty: Jennifer Bailey and Wendy Valerio
Texas (University of Texas, Houston)
Dates: June 17 - June 28, 2024
Site Manager: Julie Derges (
Faculty: Diane Lange and Jennifer Doiron
Eastern Michigan University (Ypsilanti, MI)
Dates: June 23 - July 3, 2024
Site Managers: Jenny Fisher ( and Heather Shouldice (
Piano Faculty: Jenny Fisher, Krista Jadro, Janna Olson, Hannah Mayo
Early Childhood Faculty: Carin McEvoy, Natasha Sigmund
University of Delaware (Newark, DE)
Dates: July 1 – July 12, 2024
Site Manager: Aimee Pearsall (
Faculty: Suzanne Burton (Theory and Musicianship) , Jennifer Doiron (Elementary General), Andy Mullen (Choral)
University of New Mexico (Albuquerque, NM)
Dates: July 1 – July 12, 2024
Site Manager: Natalie Tiesi (
Faculty: Jennifer McDonel (Theory and Musicianship), Terry Bacon (Instrumental), Heather Kirby (Elementary General), Krystal McCoy (Choral) 

From the Membership Commission 

Songs and Activities for Spring 

A big thanks for the Membership Commission for this compilation of tunes and activities for Spring (or any time of year). A big shout out to Maureen Girard for sharing her wonderful compositions. If you are interested in having your song or activity featured in an upcoming edition of For Your Audiation, please submit to

Spring Songs cover photo

Call for Presenters

MA-GIML Virtual Mini Conference

Mid-Atlantic GIML will be hosting a VIRTUAL mini-conference on Saturday, May 11, 2024 from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm ET on Zoom. The theme of the conference is “MLT Around the World.” We are seeking conference presenters to present on this topic. Sessions will be 45 minutes in length.

New England Chapter Workshop

MLT and Modern Band

Join us online Saturday, April 13, 2024 from 10:30 am - 12:30 pm ET, as Julia Turner takes us through the application of Music Learning Theory with a Modern Band twist! This session is geared toward elementary/middle school classes and can be applied in both general and instrumental settings. For more information contact us at

MLT and Modern Band

California Chapter Workshop

Choir + MLT: Audiate, Create, Improvise, and Flow!

California GIML presents! Virtual workshop on Saturday, April 13, 2024 from 10:00 am - 11:00 am PST, co-presented by Krystal McCoy and Stuart Hill about the how a choir teacher can utilize MLT in the choir room with their students.

NY-GIML Chapter Workshop

Workshop with James DesJardins

In this hybrid workshop on Saturday, April 20, 2024 from 1:00 - 4:00 pm ET, James DesJardins will share ways to engage our littlest musicians using songs and activities from his book, “Funky Beats for Little Feet”. One lucky participant will receive a copy of this text at this workshop!

Faculty Hangout

Faculty Hangout with Krystal McCoy

Join GIML faculty member Krystal McCoy on Saturday, April 27, 2024 at 10:00 - 11:00 am ET, for warm-up and choral activities. It is free for GIML members.

Krystal McCoy Faculty Hangout

Faculty Hangout

Faculty Hangout with Cindy Taggart

Join GIML faculty member Cindy Taggart on Saturday, May 4, 2024 at 4:00 - 5:00 pm ET for an open Q&A. All MLT topics welcome! It is free for GIML members.

Upcoming Dates

  • April 13, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm ET: NE-GIML Workshop – MLT and Modern Band
  • April 13, 10:00 am - 11:00 am PT: CA Workshop – Choir + MLT: Audiate, Create, Improvise and Flow! 
  • April 20, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm ET: NY-GIML Workshop with James DesJardins
  • April 27, 10:00 am ET: Faculty Hangout with Krystal McCoy
  • May 4, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm ET: Faculty Hangout with Cindy Taggart
  • May 11, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm ET: MLT Around the World: A Mini-Conference

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