For Your Audiation, November 2023

November 2, 2023

For Your Audiation November 2023

What's Happening with GIML?

Your monthly GIML missive

Letter from the President

Dear GIML Members,

If you are reading this note, then you survived Halloween – congratulations! If you’re like me, you stopped at the store on 11/1 to buy discounted candy to hand out to your starving students. Besides sugar and thrift, I’ve been thinking about the lifespan, longevity, and flexibility of our music education pedagogy associations. Because of my work with the Alliance for Active Music Making ( I get to represent GIML and MLT at opening ceremonies and in group presentations where I attempt to provide a little 10-20 minute snapshot of MLT pedagogy. Many of you have joined in this effort: Wendy Valerio, Diane Lange, Heather Shouldice, and others. This means we get to be a guest at other conferences and organizations to see how they are structured and how they come together to share expertise.

Few of us were born into MLT. Most of us started someplace else and either added MLT to our toolbox or jumped in completely. We were the new group on the block for quite a while. Some of us have ties to MTNA, which has been around since 1876, and the venerable Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, filling the concert halls and pubs of Chicago since 1946. How have these groups managed to remain vital and relevant all that time? In the middle are the European models, AOSA, DSA, and OAKE, which have all been serving teachers for over 50 years.

Last month I presented at the American Eurhythmics Society for their 7th national conference; they hold conferences every year. There we were in a classroom with about 40 enthusiastic participants that included all of their founders and many of their instructors. It made me think about the early days of GIML and how exciting it must have been to be part of its inception. For more info on those days, please see all the great material gathered by the Historian Committee, especially Gordon, Diane, and Denise.

Reflecting on these different organizations at different stages of life makes me recall Dr. Gordon’s frequent admonitions about the need for Music Learning Theory to be dynamic and evolving. I felt like he was handing the baton to trusted students who would carry on the mission but also evolve the pedagogy to be applicable and relevant. I think he would be so pleased to see the growth in membership and chapters—westward and outside the U.S.

Thanks for all you do to support MLT and GIML and our continued presence among the influential pedagogies of music education.

Wishing you best wishes,

Butch Marshall, GIML President

Chapter Event

NY-GIML Workshop with Natasha Sigmund

Join New York GIML for "Facilitating Creative Music Experiences in the Music Classroom" with Natasha Sigmund. November 4, 2023 from 1:00 - 4:00 pm ET. Hybrid. 

Facilitating Creative Experiences in the Music Classroom - Nov 2023

GIML Faculty Hangout

Andy Mullen (choral)

Join Andy Mullen as he discusses sequencing music objectives in the choral classroom.  November 19, 2023, 7pm ET. 

Faculty Hangout with Andy Mullen, November 19 2023

New Audiation Software

Tonal Assistant Now Available for Mac and Windows

The successor and much improved update to the tonal component of Audiation Assistant, authored by Bruce Dalby and first published in 1999 by GIA Publications.

Go to to order, download the free demo version, and view the demo video.

Coming soon:

•Mobile versions (iOS and Android)

•Rhythm Assistant

Screenshot of the Tonal Assistant software

Upcoming Dates

  • November 4, 1:00 pm ET: NY-GIML Chapter Workshop 
  • November 11, 1:00pm ET: Mid-Atlantic chapter share
  • November 15, 7:00pm ET: New England GIML Chapter share
  • November 19, 7:00pm ET: GIML Faculty Hangout-Andy Mullen (Choral)  
  • December 2, 3:00pm ET: GIML Faculty Hangout-Jen Doiron (EGM)  

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