For Your Audiation, June 2023

June 1, 2023

What's Happening with GIML?

Your monthly GIML missive

Conference Registration is now open!

Get your tickets today

Join us for the 9th International Conference on Music Learning Theory in Oak Park, Illinois!

GIML Summer Online Workshops

GIML is excited to present its popular online introductory courses in Piano, Elementary General, Early Childhood and Instrumental (with a Strings focus). Check out the page below for information and registration. 

Faculty Hangout

Ad for Faculty Hangout with Martin and Saul 2023

with Michael Martin and Sharon Saul

Join Michael Martin and Sharon Saul to hear more about Jump Right In for Strings: Third Edition on June 10, 2023 at 11:00am EST. Bring your instrument and play along as they go through some of the new lesson plans! This workshop is free for GIML members.

New Audio Resource

1989 Lectures

New years of audio lectures are now available! Listen to the out of print audio lectures from Dr. Gordon. This audio is now available in the audio section of the members-only area. 

PDLC Registration is Still Open!

Take a Summer PDLC

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, Piano 1 and 2, and our brand new Choral strand! Registration is now open for these life-changing courses. 

Letter From the President


Butch Marshall, President

Happy June! Although it feels like summer in northern Ohio, we’re still in spring – a time of change and rebirth. As with many of you, this was my first mostly normal school year in four years. As I represent GIML/MLT at national and state conferences around the country, I feel the energy of teachers coming together to share war stories, celebrate retirements, and make new plans. I am looking forward to that same energy in Chicago, August 1-3, for Music Moves through Research. At this conference (our 9th), we will fête our late colleague, Marilyn White Lowe, hold activities just for first-time attendees, extend our day with some informal, after-hours, dancing and music-making, and share audeas with colleagues old and new.

Conference changes are an outward sign of some of the growth going on in GIML. Our executive director of the past six years, Cory Mays, is taking on new positions and responsibilities in Jackson, Michigan, and found it necessary to leave his position with GIML. We are most grateful to Cory for updating the organization, steering us through a difficult period, and his stewardship of GIML’s finances. At nearly the same time, Carin McEvoy, who was doing the bulk of GIML’s conference planning, was appointed the new executive director for the Michigan Music Education Association. These new duties made it impossible for Carin to continue planning GIML’s conference, so she took us through the session proposal and acceptance process and then resigned in order to start her new MMEA position. Thanks to Carin for her work on this and past conferences and for her continued service as a faculty member.

Many thanks to nominations chair, Cindy Taggart, the executive board, and the noble souls who stepped forward to provide new leadership for GIML. Your hosts at the Carleton in Oak Park will be conference chairs Robin Giebelhausen, Terry Bacon, and Katie Kurilko. I’m so thankful for their willingness to jump in, mid-stream, and make this conference a reality. You’ll be hearing a lot from them in the weeks ahead! Because the treasurer’s job has become much larger – overseeing sales for multiple events, managing numerous accounts and endowments, and coordinating more state and regional chapters—we decided to go back to a two-person team of executive director and treasurer as employees of the board. Because current treasurer, Bruce Dalby, was not interested in this position, he has stepped aside and will help the formation of the exciting new Rocky Mountain chapter! Many thanks to past-president and immediate past-treasurer Dr. Dalby, for his ongoing commitment and support. 

Our Newest Board Members

March Bacon


Amy Sierzega

Interim Executive Director

In his place, the board appointed Marcy Bacon as interim treasurer. Marcy has accounting and business experience, as well as book-keeping experience with non-profits. She served the NY chapter in this capacity and will be a great asset to GIML.

Welcome to our new, interim executive director, Amy Sierzega. Amy has served GIML in many capacities, as president of the Michigan chapter, as membership commission chair, and as a key part of migrating our membership data to our new management system. Thus, Amy has broad knowledge of the duties of the executive director and the structure of GIML. She agreed to lend us her talents for a year or two, while she completes doctoral coursework, and then we will reassess and make a more permanent plan.

That was a busy spring! Enjoy this month’s content in FYA and look for a new Audea to arrive in
your inbox soon. Enrollment in PDLCs is going strong, but there’s still room for you! Be one of
the first to take the inaugural class of the CHORAL application of MLT at the University of Maryland this summer! I look forward to seeing you in Chicago for patterning, prognosticating,
and picnicking.

Butch Marshall, GIML President

Upcoming Dates

  • June 5-9, 2023 - Summer Online Piano Workshop
  • June 10, 2023 at 11:00am - Faculty Hangout with Michael Martin and Sharon Saul
  • June 19 - June 30, 2023 - Elementary General II PDLC at Michigan State University
  • June 19 - June 30, 2023 -Piano I, Piano II PDLCs at Eastern Michigan University
  • July 5 – July 15, 2023 - Early Childhood I PDLC at Kent State University
  • July 10 - 14, 2023 - Summer Online Early Childhood Workshop
  • July 17 - 21, 2023 - Summer Online Elementary General Workshop
  • July 10-14, 2023 - Christopher Azzara, Developing Musicianship through Improvisation
    Gordon College, Wenham, MA
  • July 17-28, 2023 - Christopher Azzara, Instrumental Methods and Techniques and Developing Musicianship through Improvisation, Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY
  • August 1-3, 2023 - International Conference
  • August 7-11, 2023 - Summer Online Instrumental Workshop
  • August 7 - 18, 2023 - Elementary General I, Instrumental I, Choral I PDLCs at the University of Maryland
  • August 26, 2023 at 11:00am - 2:00pm - Quarterly Workshop with Terry Bacon

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