For Your Audiation, February 2024

February 2, 2024

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Your monthly GIML missive

Letter from the President

Closing the Loop

Dear GIML Members,

A long time ago, in a galaxy far away, before I was exposed to MLT, my Masters professor at Syracuse, Cornelia Yarbrough, talked about the feedback loop. I doubt that she originated this concept, but perhaps it’s too broad to pin down an origin. She was a student of the Madsens at Florida State. She explained that instructors set forth a task or learning objective, then the learners execute that task of learning objective. Ideally, the instructor provides immediate feedback to the learner, including if they met the standard of achievement for that objective.

Frequently in rehearsals, for instance, instructors are so intent on time management and goals
that they neglect to close the loop by providing feedback and skip on to the next task. According
to Dr. Yarbrough, if we don’t provide feedback, the learner is left to wonder if they performed up
to the instructor’s standards and if they achieved. The feedback may function as a sort of reward
for effort and focus. But if we don’t provide that feedback, learners may grow complacent about
the tasks instructors set for us, doubt the need to put forth effort, and wonder if their
contributions matter.

Last week, I was invited back to Peoria, for the ILMEA conference. I did 5 MLT sessions for
them in 2022, but not much on the topic of early childhood, so they invited me back for a couple
early childhood sessions. At my first session, a handful of teachers came up to me to tell me
about the exciting things they had tried in their classrooms in the intervening two years—tunes
and activities that I had shared with them two years before. They were closing the feedback loop
for me by telling me that what I had shared two years ago had made an impact in their teaching
and they were coming back for more! Even a two-year feedback loop makes you feel good! I
share this to let you know that there are always ripples from the good work you do and the lives
you touch and that it’s never too late to reach out and close that feedback loop!

Butch Marshall

PDLCS Registration is Open

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

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) 

California Chapter Workshop

Go West, GIML!

Join California GIML's Workshop on Saturday, February 17th at 2 pm PST featuring special guest presenter, Butch Marshall!  It is free for GIML members.

Quarterly Workshop!

Choral Workshop with Krystal McCoy

GIML's Quarterly Workshops are back, this time with a Choral focus. Join Dr. Krystal McCoy as we "DO" MLT in the choral rehearsal.  It is free for GIML members.

Faculty Hangout

Faculty Hangout with Sharon Saul

Join GIML Instrumental faculty member Sharon Saul and bring your questions about integrating the non-MLT student into an MLT instrumental program. 

New York Chapter Workshop

Play and Purposeful Props with Jennifer Bailey 

Join New York GIML as they present the one and only puppet queen, Jennifer Bailey, as she shows us how she uses props in the elementary classroom. This virtual workshop will take place on Saturday, February 3 from 1-4 pm ET.

Ohio Chapter Workshop

Ohio GIML Presents Dr. Robin Giebelhausen 

Join Ohio GIML as they present Dr. Robin Giebelhausen's session Knowing and Growing: Skill and Repertoire Development on March 2nd, 2024 from 10 am-2 pm ET. For those who cannot make it in person, a recording will be available. 

Teach-a-Tune Series

Courtesy of the membership commission, GIML member Carolyn Exler  shares a video teaching a tune to expand our repertoire and connect us through musicking. Thank you, Carolyn, for sharing your tune.

Sheet music can be found here: Herbert the Skunk 

Accompaniment track can be found here: Herbert the Skunk 

If you would like to share a tune in future months, please email Andy Mullen from the Media Commission (

Upcoming Dates

  • 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 
  • March 24, 7 pm ET: Faculty Hangout with Krista Jadro 

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