For Your Audiation, October 2022

October 1, 2022

What's Happening with GIML?

Your monthly GIML missive

October Workshop

Beyond the Why and Into the How: Practical Steps Toward Inclusive Classrooms

With Rosetta Lee, Professional Outreach Specialist and faculty member at the Seattle Girls' School

October 8, 2022, 11:00am - 2:00pm Eastern Time (Virtual)

We know the startling opportunity gap in education and society. We've learned about identity, culture, communication, and power and how they privilege some and disenfranchise others. We are convinced as to why diversity and inclusion are important, but we are unsure or unclear as to how this intention becomes positive impact on student lives. How do we turn commitment into action, and what are some strategies and best practices to become the educator with whom all children thrive?

Faculty Hangout

Choral Warm-Up Share

Join Andy Mullen, and bring your favorite Choral warm-up that supports audiation! 

Wednesday, October 26th, 7 pm ET

From the Historian Committee: Signs and Symbols

Please enjoy this sample from the Gordon Archive

After the first Sugar Loaf Summer Seminar in 1980, the participants decided to start a
newsletter titled Signs and Symbols. The purpose of the newsletter was “to keep seminar
participants in touch with one another throughout the year.” Sally Weaver was the editor
and sent out the first edition of Signs and Symbols in November/December 1980. In this
first newsletter Edwin Gordon wrote a short article titled “Sign and Symbol in Music,”
which is reprinted below.

Gordon Davignon, Historian

Diane Lange, PhD

Denise Guilbault, PhD

Teach-a-Tune Series

Each month, one GIML member shares a video teaching a tune to expand our repertoire and connect us through musicking.

Thank you to this month's contributor, Melanie Jones, for sharing her tune.

If you would like to share a tune in future months, please email Andy Mullen from the Media Commission (

In Memoriam: Marilyn Lowe White

Marilyn Elaine (White) Lowe was born on January 17, 1936, in Moline, Illinois, to Dr. Alvin C. White and Elsie M. White. Marilyn passed away on September 16, 2022, at the age of 86, surrounded by the love and grace of her family. Marilyn suffered from complications from an anoxic brain injury sustained during a medical procedure in April. She fought hard to recover to return to her lifetime passion for teaching piano.

Marilyn attended Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois, where she received degrees in liberal arts and piano performance. She received her master's degree with distinction, in piano, from Indiana University, Bloomington, where she was a student of Menahem Pressler and also studied organ and church music. She excelled in all of her studies, receiving top honors, awards, honorary memberships, and fellowships for continuing doctoral studies in music theory. Her love of education continued throughout her life, with her most recent college courses in Jazz in the fall 2021 and spring 2022 semesters. She attended First and Calvary Presbyterian Church and later joined Trinity Presbyterian in Springfield.

In Marilyn’s early career, she performed professionally as a piano and organ soloist worldwide. She also performed as a pianist with the world-renowned Fine Arts Trio in Columbia, Missouri, and was an ensemble performer with many college and university faculty members. As a professor, she taught at Christian College (now Columbia College) in Columbia, Missouri, Evangel University, and Southwest Missouri State University (now Missouri State University) in Springfield, Missouri. She was also active in church music as an organist, choir director, and handbell choir director.

Marilyn had a deep love for teaching and genuinely loved her students and the teachers she worked with for over 50 years. Marilyn used these experiences and the knowledge she gained through research and teaching to develop and author a non-traditional piano series, Music Moves for Piano™, which is a piano method series based on Edwin E. Gordon's Music Learning Theory. Marilyn has successfully used this new teaching approach with her own students since 1992.

Music Moves for Piano™ has received international recognition and has been published, translated, and used worldwide as a new standard for music education resulting in speaking engagements on the topics of composition, improvisation, piano pedagogy, and audiation at conferences throughout the world, including the World Piano Pedagogy Conference, the Early Childhood Music & Movement Convention, the GIML International Conference, the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy, and the Music Teachers National Association Conference. Most noteworthy, she was most recently selected to be the keynote speaker at the 2023 International Conference on Music Learning theory sponsored by the Gordon Institute for Music Learning.

Marilyn was active in many local and state music organizations. She was a founding member of the Springfield Area Arts Council, the Springfield Piano Teachers Forum, and a member of the Springfield Symphony Orchestra Board of Directors for 14 years. She also served two years as Convention Chair and two years as President for the Missouri Music Teachers Association and was honored by the Missouri Music Teachers Association as the 2007 "Teacher of the Year." In the fall of 2008, Andrea Apostoli, President of the Italian Gordon Organization "AIGAM," presented her with honorary membership in AIGAM for outstanding work in the field of piano pedagogy.

Marilyn was married to Dr. Howard J. Lowe on June 4, 1960. She is survived by her son Doug Lowe (wife Melanie) and their three children, Jennifer, James, and Jonathan; son Dr. David Lowe and his three children, Matthew, Sarah, and Lauren; and her twins; Susan Libiez (husband Dave), and their two children Michael and Anna; and William Lowe (fiancée Ashley Brown), and his three children Nicholas (fiancée Olivia Bible), Caroline, and Whitney. She is also survived by her brother, Dr. Roger White (wife, Dr. Marilyn White), and sister Karen Avalos.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Howard J. Lowe, brother Dr. David White and the recent passing of her brother Steve White (survived by his wife, Dr. Cathy White).

Marilyn was loved by so many as she traveled the world to meet her friends and colleagues and enjoy some of the best fine arts performances in the world. Our family is extremely grateful for the overwhelming amount of kind words and for learning about and reading the amazing stories of the profound impact she had on so many people's lives. It is important to her family to keep her work and legacy alive and to honor her desire to continue to promote and encourage music education and learning. As such, the family is establishing the Marilyn Lowe Foundation to provide support in the nature of scholarships, resources, and materials to teachers, students, and organizations to continue her legacy of being a difference maker in the lives of others. More information will be made available shortly at

The family plans to have a private family burial service and to provide an online forum virtual celebration of her life so that her many online, international, and other friends and families can participate together.

Upcoming Dates

  • October 8, 2022, 11 am ET: Practical Steps Toward Inclusive Classrooms
  • October 26, 2022, 7 pm ET: Faculty Hangout with Andy Mullen (Choral Warm-Up Share)
  • More chapter workshop dates will be announced soon. Stay tuned. 

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