For Your Audiation, May 2024

May 2, 2024

For Your Audiation May 2024

What's Happening with GIML?

Your monthly GIML missive

Letter from the President

Dear GIML Members,

In the early days of MLT (before GIML), I think there may have been a fair amount of what can be described as evangelizing—actively seeking to convert music educators to our approach. As you might imagine, this was met with a mixture of success, indifference, and resistance. Later, during the early days of PDLCs, Dr. Grunow gave us a little address on the last day of an MLT course focused on “Being a good colleague” (a.k.a. don’t be a jerk). My recollection of these addresses was that they included suggestions for how to implement what we had just learned in our MLT course, to improve music development, without threatening or admonishing our P-12 colleagues. Let’s be honest, no one is in music education to purposefully teach poorly; they all think they’re doing their best. Sometimes, being confronted with a smug colleague with extra pedagogy, a new vocabulary, and a mission to exceed expectations causes our colleagues to feel judged and possibly resentful. They’re not going to ask you about MLT because they now feel like it and you are causing them to feel excluded and othered. My takeaways from Dr. Grunow’s conversations were for the newly-minted MLT teacher to try new techniques, do great work, and keep the focus on student success. Most educators (and parents) recognize and reward student success. If your students excel and feel good about their musical development, other educators may reach out to you to find out how they can provide similar experiences for their students. In ideal situations, your students might just be peer-teaching musical ideas with other students in the area, which will be a fantastic experience for all involved. Bottom line: facilitate successes with your students and be open to colleagues approaching/observing you to find out how you’re doing it.

This was on my mind as GIML pedagogues participated in the second annual online professional development event sponsored by NAfME’s Council for General Music Education, Rob Lyda, Chair. GIML benefits from being at the table when these events are conceived and planned—Cory and I were in meetings with this group for over a year before the first event took place. In the spirit of more equitable access and inclusion for educators, we planned a free, five-hour primer in well-known approaches to general music. Featured on this virtual platform were pedagogues giving an introduction to their approach, information about NAfME’s council and publications, and a round-table discussion about the future of general music. Last year, Heather Shouldice (Intro to MLT) and I (round table) represented GIML. There were about 200 participants and some minor technology glitches, but a successful day. The 2024 event took place on April 27. We were represented by Jennifer Bailey and Andy Mullen. This year, 600 people signed up! There were still nearly 250 on the call by the afternoon, when I got done with early childhood classes and logged on. My sincere thanks to Heather, Jennifer, and Andy for helping us build this bridge to so many in-service and pre-service music educators! For many, they need to see a face and hear a musician model MLT to understand what we’re doing. These participants are the future for MLT PDLCs and GIML members in the U.S. But you don’t need a fancy zoom call and NAfME to do this. You can be that face and model of MLT right where you are!

Good luck with your teaching and hope to see you at a GIML event this summer!

Butch Marshall, GIML President

Still Room in Summer PDLCs

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 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) 

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Mid-Atlantic GIML Presents:

MA-GIML Virtual Mini Conference

Come to our 2024 Spring Mini-Conference, themed “MLT Around the World!”

This conference aims to feature diverse MLT practitioners, ideas, and repertoire. Sessions related to Culturally Responsive Practices, accessibility, diversity, inclusivity, MLT programs from countries outside of the US, and more will be featured.

MLT Around the World

Faculty Hangout

Faculty Hangout with Cindy Taggart

Join GIML faculty member Cindy Taggart on Saturday, May 4, 2024 at 4:00 - 5:00 pm ET for an open Q&A. All MLT topics welcome! It is free for GIML members.

New Videos in the Members Only Area!

Did you miss either of the below workshops? They are both now housed in the Members Only area of the website along with many others. Check them out today!

Upcoming Dates

  • May 4, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm ET: Faculty Hangout with Cindy Taggart
  • May 11, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm ET: MLT Around the World: A Mini-Conference
  • June 17 - June 28, Early Childhood II PDLC at Michigan State University
  • June 17 - June 28, Elementary General I PDLC at University of Houston
  • June 23 - July 3, Early Childhood I, Piano I, Piano II PDLCs at Eastern Michigan University
  • July 1 - July 12, Elementary General I, Instrumental I, Choral I PDLCs at University of New Mexico

If you would like to have your event featured, please fill out this form here by the last day of the month preceding the month you would like to be featured.

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