Greetings! If you’re reading this from North America, we are plunging into our dark time of winter and into a season of giving thanks and connecting with friends and family—be it your biological or your logical family. If you’re not traveling around the sun in my region, I hope that you are able to pause and think about the positive aspects in your life. I am thankful for my GIML family, for my mentors, my students, and fortitude. When I was new to MLT, I struggled with the modes and meters, with syllables and sequencing. But, I got better. If you’re new to MLT or just took a PDLC or participated in our recent International Conference, you will learn more with time, as I did.
Although I love all aspects of my MLT pedagogy, I have been concentrating on my Early Childhood teaching this past year. I just started my fourth early childhood program and it is gaining new followers every term. In the past few years, I’ve seen my early childhood students graduate from college with music degrees, attend our PDLC courses as adults, and, just recently, my Ohio GIML colleagues (and students) have honored me by bringing their new babies to my early childhood classes. What a treat it is to see my fantastic alumni/colleagues on the other side of our triangle, moving from co-teachers to parents and care-givers! When I first read Music Play and attended my first PDLCs at Temple, MSU, and South Carolina, I would have never imagined I’d be teaching my toddlers into adulthood or welcoming my students back to the circle with babies of their own. But I persisted, and time marched on, and here we are, playing peek-a-boo with a new generation of audiators.
Wherever you are in your acquisition of MLT skills, we are a community committed to helping you achieve your goals. Stick with it! And wherever your travels take you in the next few weeks, I hope you’re surrounded by warmth and music-making.
All best wishes,
Now THAT'S an Audea!
Brand New AUDEA Hot Off the Presses
A brand new issue of GIML's flagship journal, AUDEA, is out in the members only section of the website, including the keynote address from the 9th GIML conference, an interview with Dr. Richard Grunow, a book review of Dr. Heather Shouldice'sWeaving It All Together, and more! Special thanks to the co-editors, Colleen Conway and Sarah Hodgman.
One of the most fun and challenging aspects of a GIML PDLC is that you get to compose tunes in unfamiliar tonalities and meters! Below are some tunes from the 2023 Elementary General level 2 course at Michigan State University. Click on each image to view it full size.
Thank you to the composers, Jeana Graham, Maureen Girard and Doug Marquis, as well as the Membership Commission for sharing these tunes!
If you, your school, your chapter or your commission are doing something fabulously-MLT related and you would like to share in a future newsletter, please reach out to your membership co-chairs, Maureen Girard and Sadie Pincus.
December 2, 3:00pm ET: GIML Faculty Hangout with Jen Doiron (EGM)
January 28, 12-2 pm ET: A Two For One Special with Josh Palkki (Chapter Event)
February 3, 1-3 pm ET: NY-GIML Workshop with Jennifer Bailey
February 10, 1-5 pm ET: Mid-Atlantic Mini Conference: MLT Around the World
February 17, 2-4 pm ET: CA Workshop – Audiation Approach
March 2, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm ET: Ohio GIML Presents Robin Giebelhausen
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