For Your Audiation, January 2024

January 3, 2024

What's Happening with GIML?

Your monthly GIML missive

Letter from the President

Dear GIML Members,

Happy 2024 and Thanks for being a part of our GIML Community!

For me, winter break means extra travel, which includes extra reading and podcast listening. I heard an interesting set of studies that examined reading (sometimes also discussion or analyzing) fiction and the suggestion that even a little bit of fiction study leads to improvements in mood and emotional well-being. However, as reading fiction is often a solitary act, it’s interesting that the benefits emerge when you discuss what you read, like in a book club, or deconstruct it, like in a literature course. Here’s the link to this group of five studies by a team of researchers:

This led me to consider our content literature: singing, playing, and moving music. Perhaps one of the reasons musical engagement is such a positive experience for our students and us is related to these emotional benefits. For us, each song/tune is like a short story. Those with words may be more concrete and descriptive, while those without words may be more atmospheric and poetic. Because we are so often learning, performing, and deconstructing music and movement as an ensemble, we have built in the group dynamics of shared experience. Because parallels with language learning are at the core of MLT, I connected with this group of studies and thought it might further strengthen our relationship with language and literature. 

However you’re marking the passage of time, I hope your reflections are joyful and your outlook for the future is full of optimism and art.

Butch Marshall

Announcing our 2024 PDLCS!

GIML is excited to present these Professional Development Level Courses for Summer 2024. Registration for these workshops will be coming soon!

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
Details: TBA
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
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
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) 

CA GIML Chapter Share

Go West, GIML!

Join California GIML's Chapter Share on Saturday, January 20th at 3 pm PST.  It is free for GIML members. 

Michigan and Rocky Mountain Workshop

A Two For One Special With Josh Palkki

Dr Palkki will present two 60 minute sessions. The first is on MLT-informed choral practices and the second is on Honoring LGBTQA Students in the Music Classroom

Chapter Spotlight: New York GIML

Ashley Moss Fox, NY GIML President

Ashley has been involved with the NY-GIML Chapter since 2009 and is the current chapter president.  As president, Ashley leads the rest of the chapter, helps coordinate professional learning, supports PDLCs, and encourages membership. She also works to forward the spread of MLT in New York by acting as a liaison to other state professional organizations and by building connections with colleagues.  

As mentioned above, one goal of the NY-GIML Chapter has been to forward the spread of MLT in New York. Ashley and other members of the board and general membership have been working to do this by connecting with other state professional organizations such as NYSSMA, New York State’s School Music Association.  As more GIML members have taken on NYSSMA leadership roles, MLT has had more representation throughout New York State.  At recent NYSSMA conferences, sessions with GIML presenters have extremely high attendance, and many attendees usually leave MLT sessions interested in learning more about MLT and GIML. 

Along with working towards higher MLT visibility in NY, another goal of the NY-GIML Chapter has been longitudinal planning.  The NY-GIML Chapter has all of its workshops planned through 2025, allowing for more efficient advertising and more accessibility to members who are interested in attending workshops. 

One challenge NY-GIML has been working through is that the membership base is very spread out, making it hard to serve all members.  To combat this, the chapter typically offers hybrid workshops with options to attend in-person or virtually. 

Overall, Ashley is very proud of the growth and movement that the NY-GIML chapter has made.  In reflecting on the past few years, she recognizes how important collaboration with other organizations has been for the chapter.  She encourages other GIML chapters to collaborate with professional organizations in their area to help make colleague connections and build MLT visibility.


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

Reminder: Member Dues Increase on 1/5

As per the recent email from Amy Sierzega, our fabulous executive director, rates are set to increase on January 5th, 2024. Renew today to take advantage of the old rate!

Upcoming Dates

  • January 20, 3 pm PT: California GIML Chapter Share  
  • 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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