For Your Audiation, February 2023

February 1, 2023

For Your Audiation Febuary 2023 above a groundhog holding a red umbrella.

What's Happening with GIML?

Your monthly GIML missive

#GIML 2023 Conference

Call for Posters - Extended! 

The 2023 International Conference on Music Learning Theory will be held in Oak Park, IL (just outside Chicago) August 1-3, 2023. In-person and virtual attendance options will be available.

Are you interested in presenting a poster at this year's conference? The call for posters has been extended to February 15, 2023. Read all the info and submit a poster online. 

Chapter Event

MA-GIML Mini Conference

MA-GIML is hosting an online mini-conference on March 4th, 1-4 pm Eastern. Want to present? Submit your application by February 10th, 2023. 

Faculty Hangout

Faculty Hangout with Jenny Fischer

Join in at the Piano Repertoire Round-Up with Jenny Fisher on Sunday, February 26, 2023 at 5 pm Eastern. 


Summer 2023 PDLCs Are Here!

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, and our brand new Choral strand! 

GIML Member Spotlight: Josh Diamant

Josh’s Journey to Music Learning Theory

Josh teaches K-5 General Music and Strings at two Elementary Schools in Oakland, California.  He started his music education career thinking he would teach High School Chorus though landed a job at an Elementary School.  While teaching General Music, Josh quickly realized that the textbooks in the classroom did not provide his students with a strong curriculum.  He began to research other Music Education methodologies and philosophies.  After coming across some of Dr. Gordon’s writings, he found that Music Learning Theory  resonated with him and his praxis and began to use it with his students.  

Josh Diamant strumming a ukulele.

Starting a GIML Chapter

When Josh first started applying Music Learning Theory to his teaching, he noticed that he was one of very few Music Learning Theory teachers in California.  Yet, every year when the new GIML directory would come out, he noticed that the number was growing. In March 2020, Josh saw that there were 11 GIML members in California.  He reached out to all of them, and they started to hold meetings on Zoom and talk about what they might want to see from a California GIML chapter.  They eventually elected officers, drafted by-laws, held a very successful chapter share, and in November 2021, they officially had enough members to become a GIML chapter. 

Challenges and Celebrations

The California GIML chapter started as a pandemic project.  With online teaching and everyone in quarantine, Josh found plenty of time to meet with others and plan for the start of a new GIML chapter.  However, as life went back to normal and everyone’s schedules filled up again, he found it challenging to keep up the momentum.  With California being such a big state, Josh also found it challenging to have members spread out so far.  However, even with those challenges, Josh and the other California GIML officers used Zoom to gather together and still managed to hold multiple successful events.  Josh hopes that in the future, GIML events will rotate through the different areas of California so the chapter can be accessible to the whole state. 

Advice for Starting a Chapter

When asked about advice Josh would give a GIML member looking to start a new GIML chapter, he suggested finding a team of people in your geographic region who are on the same page. A lot goes into starting a new GIML chapter, and working with others can help you balance new chapter duties with a busy teaching schedule. 

Are you looking to start a new GIML chapter? Reach out to for more information! 

A Request From the Archive

The Gordon Archive is filled with wonderful resources, such as previous Newsletters and issues of the GIML Audea.

During the research process, the GIML Historian Committee discovered that we are missing
some issues of Audea. Our request is for you to look in the nooks and crannies of your file
cabinets, boxes of old music education resources, and old computer files for the issues listed below. If you find any of these gems, please scan them and send to Gordon Davignon, chair of the Historian Committee.

See the whole list of GIML Audea issues below. If you have any other issues of Audea that are not listed, please scan them and send them to us too!




Audea Vol. 1 No. 1 (Spring 1994)


Audea Vol. 1 No. 2 (Winter 1995)

Audea Vol. 1 No. 3 (Spring 1995)

Audea Vol. 1 No. 4 (Fall 1995)


Missing: Audea Vol. 2 No. 1 (Spring 1996)

Audea Vol. 2 No. 2 (Summer 1996)


Missing: Audea Vol. 3 No. 1

Audea Vol. 3 No. 2 (Winter 1997) 


Audea Vol. 4 No. 1 (Spring 1998)


Audea Vol. 5 No. 1 (Spring 1999)


Audea Vol. 6 No. 1 (Spring 2000)


Audea Vol. 7 No. 1 (Winter 2001) 

Audea Vol. 7 No. 2 (Summer 2001)


Audea Vol. 8 No. 1 (Winter 2002)

Audea Vol. 8 No. 2 (Summer 2002)


Audea Vol. 9 No. 1 (Summer 2003)


Audea Vol. 10 No. 1 (Fall 2004)


Audea Vol. 10 No. 2 (Spring 2005)

Audea Vol. 11 No. 1 (Fall 2005)


Audea Vol. 12 No. 1 (Spring 2007)

Audea Vol. 12 No. 2 (Summer 2007)


Audea Vol. 12 No. 3 (Winter 2008)

Audea Vol. 13 No. 1 (Spring 2008)

Audea Vol. 13 No. 2 (Fall 2008)


Audea Vol. 14 No. 1 (Spring 2009)

Audea Vol. 14 No. 2 (Fall 2009)


Audea Vol. 15 No. 1 (Spring 2010)

Audea Vol. 15 No. 2 (Fall 2010)


Missing: Audea  Vol. 16 No. 1

Audea Vol. 16 No. 2 (Fall 2011)


Audea Vol. 17 No. 1 (Fall 2012)


Audea Vol. 18 No. 1 (Spring 2013)


Audea Vol. 19 No. 1 (Spring 2017)


Audea Vol. 20 No. 1 (Spring 2018)


Audea Vol. 21 No. 1 (Spring 2021)

GIML Historian Committee
Gordon Davignon, Historian
Denise Guilbault, PhD
Diane Lange, PhD

Upcoming Dates

  • February 27, 2023 at 5pm Eastern - Piano Faculty Hangout with Jenny Fisher
  • March 4, 2023 at 1pm Eastern - MA-GIML Mini-Conference
  • March 7-9, 2023 - Christopher Azzara
    Creativity at the Core  / Developing Musicianship through Improvisation
    University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point, Stevens Point, WI
    Rachel Brashier
  • March 10-11, 2023 - Christopher Azzara
    Classes & Workshops: Creativity at the Core
    Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA
    Paul Doerksen
  • 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
  • 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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