For Your Audiation, March 2023

March 1, 2023

What's Happening with GIML?

Your monthly GIML missive

PDLC Registration is 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. 

Chapter Event

MA-GIML Mini Conference

MA-GIML is hosting an online mini-conference on March 4th, 1-4 pm Eastern. Click below to see more information and find out about their fabulous presenters. 


GIML Video Project

Have something great going on in your classroom? Are you rocking your LSAs after taking a PDLC? Are your students singing bass lines in Lydian tonality? We want to see! Please consider sharing video of your great teaching with the GIML Video project. 

New Choral Strand

New Course Info on Website

Interested in learning more about the pilot of the new GIML Choral PDLC strand? New information has been added to the website. Check it out by clicking the link below. 

New RSJ Resource

Beyond the How and The Why Video Available

Did you miss the workshop that was presented by GIML's Race and Social Justice group in October? This video is now available in the Videos section of the members-only area. 

GIML Hangout

With Josh Palkki and Stuart Chapman Hill

Come hangout with two MLT Choral practitioners! Bring your questions and ideas. 

From the Archive

Have you ever wondered about Dr. Gordon’s academic interests prior to his research on music aptitude? Was there really life before MLT? You can stop wondering because the Edwin E. Gordon Archive holds the answer. Dr. Gordon’s 1955 master’s thesis, A Progressive Method of String Bass Playing, is available to view. Find a comfy chair and read the first 25 pages of this gem by going to the Edwin E. Gordon Archive at the University of South Carolina.

You can also access Dr. Gordon’s thesis through the GIML website by selecting the Resources tab. Once you are on the Guide to Edwin E. Gordon Archive Resources, go to the sidebar box and choose “Theses.” Scroll down the list and you will see his thesis near the bottom of the page. The reason you don’t have access to the entire document is because Dr. Gordon made the decision to make samples rather than full copies available on the website. If you find the first half of Dr. Gordon’s thesis intriguing and want to read more contact  Jennifer Wochner, Archivist & Digital Services Librarian at USC Music Library, and she will email a copy of the complete document.

We hope you will enjoy reading Dr. Gordon’s early work at the Gordon Archive.
A Progressive Method of String Bass Playing

Historian Committee:

Gordon Davignon, Historian Committee Chair

Denise Guilbault, PhD

Diane Lange, PhD

From the Membership Commission

With the recent announcement of the new Professional Development Learning Courses (PDLCs) for this coming summer, we wanted to share some testimonials from current GIML members who recently completed a PDLC.

Leigh Schopflin

What PDLC did you do?

I participated in two PDLC's: Instrumental Level 1 in 2013 and EGM Level 1 in 2019

What did you enjoy about the experience?

I enjoyed learning from the GIML master teachers and participants. Each individual brought their own teaching background and MLT training to the class. We supported each other during musicianship practice and while solidifying our understanding of the skill learning sequence. I learned so many songs and activities during the peer teaching portions of the course that I could bring back to my classroom.

How has it changed your teaching?

I have vastly expanded my repertoire of songs and chants and work to include different tonalites and meters throughout my teaching.

Jeff Ogden

What PDLC did you do?

I participated in the EGM Level 1 course at Temple University in 2019

What did you enjoy about the experience?

I enjoyed being immersed in a variety of tonalities, collaborating with colleagues and learning from the master teachers. We had a great cohort and we all still talk to this day. I also loved learning all of the new tunes that I heard in various tonalities and meters, and the challenge of learning at such a fast pace. I can’t wait keep learning and to do my EGM Level 2 course.

How has it changed your teaching?

My PDLC profoundly changed my teaching practices. I am able to implement aptitude testing and learning sequence activities so I can individualize my instruction, use the data to make adjustments in my planning and teaching, and my classes are much more engaging thanks to my new skills and understanding of MLT practices. 

Maria Parks

What PDLC did you do?

I took Elementary General 1 at Temple University in Summer 2019 and Piano 1 (Hybrid!) at Burlington Public Schools and on Zoom in Summer/Fall 2022.

What did you enjoy about the experience?

I enjoyed everything about my experience! It was so special to be learning from the extraordinary GIML Faculty Members, and working with and learning from fellow classmates greatly enhanced the experience. Implementing LSAs and other MLT-based teaching techniques can be daunting, especially as many of us are on an island are in our schools or even district music departments. Observing faculty and classmates and then peer teaching was an invaluable confidence-builder and I returned back to work ready to implement all that I had learned. 

In my Piano PDLC I especially enjoyed learning from master piano pedagogues as my education background is largely in the general music realm. My piano playing and teaching is much more audiation-based and I have a better sense of natural, healthy technique thanks to MM4P and to our Lister-Sink friends.

How has it changed your teaching?

The biggest benefit of my PDLCs has been my understanding and implementation of the Skill Learning Sequence. My musicians and I experience much more success because I am able to provide them with appropriate readiness for various musical tasks. My lesson planning feels much less haphazard and I have a great sense of where each student currently is and where they are headed musically.

Upcoming Dates

  • 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
  • March 26, 7-8 pm ET, Hangout with Josh Palkki and Stuart Chapman-Hill
  • 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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