International Conference

The 9th International Conference on Music Learning Theory

will be held

August 1-3, 2023

This event is a must-attend for anyone interested in music learning theory. Our conference features practitioner and research sessions, keynotes honoring fellow members of our community, chapter meetings, and social time to see old friends and meet new ones. Come network with audiation-minded music educators and discover new techniques to enhance your music teaching and research. Don't miss out on this exciting opportunity to expand your knowledge, learn alongside educators at multiple levels, and connect with the GIML community!

Conference Registration

2021 Conference Registration Rates

Membership Type

Early Bird

On-site Registration

Virtual Rates

GIML Member












One Day




Conference registration and payments are available via Eventbrite! Please note that your registration is not complete until payment is received.

Hotel Information

Carleton of Oak Park

Reservations: to obtain our special group rate you must call the hotel to book a reservation anytime Monday-Friday, from 9 am – 5 pm CST. Identify "GIML" as your group and reference the conference dates (August 1-3). Reservations must be guaranteed with a credit card.

Room Rates*
Motel Lodge:

King or Double: $129/night
Queen: $159
King: $179
Deluxe Double Beds: $179

*Room rates reflect cost per night in US dollars.Rates do not include taxes or other fees from the Carleton of Oak Park. Rates are subject to change without notice. Cancellation policy is 24 hours.

The Carleton of Oak Park

  • Tuesday, August 1

  • Wednesday, August 2

  • Thursday, August 3

***Note: All sessions are in Central Standard Time (CST)***

3:30-4:00 Opening Ceremony: Grand Ballroom

4:15 - 5:15 pm Sessions

BALLROOM: Flowing through the World: Fostering Intercultural Movement Vocabulary (Krystal McCoy) 

FOXBORO: The Missing Chapter in “Learning Sequences in Music?”Harmonic Learning Sequence and Harmonic Music Aptitudes (Eric Rasmussen)

COLUMBIAN: Remembering and Imagining Movement: Shaping the Musical Mind Through Space Audiation (Beth Bolton)  Virtual

5:30 - 6:30 pm Sessions

BALLROOM: Getting Started with LSAs (Jennifer Bailey)

FOXBORO: Scaffolding Improvisation and Arranging of Pop Music with your Choir (Aimee Pearsall)

COLUMBIAN: Creating Culturally Sustaining Music Classrooms (Lulu Cossich)  Virtual

6:30 - 9:30: Reception and BBQ at the Home of Alec Harris

238 Forest Ave Oak Park, IL (Directions in your registration packet)

Here is a link to the full schedule: GIML 2023 Conference Schedule

We are thrilled to present two keynote addresses at this year’s GIML conference.



Presenters: Jenny Fisher, Krista Jardo, and others in the Music Moves community
Format: Virtual and In-person
Time/Date: Wednesday, 8/2 (10:00-11:00 am)
We will be celebrating and honoring the work of Marilyn White Lowe and her piano method series, Music Moves for Piano. Lowe’s work does much to inform and enrich the Music Learning Theory community on how to teach audiation-focused music education.

Research Keynote


Presenter: Dr. Colleen Conway
Format: Virtual and In-person
Time/Date: Thursday, 8/3 (10:00-11:00 am)


University of Michigan

Click here to read Dr. Conway's Biography

Colleen Conway is Professor of Music Education at The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. She holds bachelors and master’s degrees in horn performance and music education from the Eastman School of Music and a doctorate in music education from Teachers College, Columbia University. Her scholarly interests include instrumental music education, preservice music teacher education, qualitative research, professional development for the inservice music teacher, and the mentoring and induction of beginning music teachers. She has presented throughout the USA and in Brazil, Canada, China, Cyprus,
Macedonia, Norway, Singapore, and Sweden and has published over 100 articles on these topics in all of the major music education journals. She is currently Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Music Teacher Education and Arts Education Policy Review, on the review board of the Journal of Research in Music Education and a senior editor for Oxford University Press. Book and edited book publications include: Great Beginning for Music Teachers: A Guide to Mentoring and Induction (Rowman & Littlefield, 2003); Handbook for the Beginning Music Teacher (GIA, 2006); Teaching Music in Higher Education (Oxford, 2009, 2019); Handbook for the Music Mentor (GIA, 2010); Handbook of Qualitative Research in American Music Education (Ed.) (Oxford, 2014, 2020) and Musicianship-Focused Curriculum and Assessment  (Ed.)(GIA, 2015, 2023 in press); The Oxford Handbook on Preservice Music Teacher Education in the United States (Ed) (2019); and Teaching Private Lessons to K-12 Students (2019).

Frequently Asked Questions

If I attend virtually will I be able to choose from the full array of conference sessions?

If you are registering for the virtual conference, you are signing up for virtual access to one main room (the Ballroom) for live viewing via Zoom. This includes sessions that take place in that room as well as a select few key conference events, such as the keynote address. You will have access to the virtual chapter meetings that will take place via other Zoom links on Thursday, August 3rd. The rooms that will not be live-streamed may be recorded (with presenter permission) for asynchronous viewing in a virtual library that will be made available for a limited time after the close of the conference.

We are making careful scheduling considerations that allow virtual attendees to access as much as they can, while also providing a worthwhile and quality experience for those attending live on Zoom. Please note that this conference is not a hybrid conference and therefore may not include elements that were in place during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic.

When will I receive details about attending virtually?

Login information for all sessions will be provided 1-2 weeks before the start of the conference, and will be send to the email address used during registration.

I registered to attend in person, but now I would like to attend virtually instead. Can I do that?

Yes, you can change your attendance option anytime. Changes made before July 23rd can be done without penalty.

What safety precautions are being taken at the Carleton Hotel related to the Covid-19 pandemic?

Hotel staff are taken numerous steps to ensure the safety of all conference attendees. Please visit the hotel’s website ( for up-to-date information regarding these precautions.

Is on-site parking available at the Carleton Hotel?

Yes, free onsite parking is available for anyone reserving a room at the Carleton Hotel.

Is the Tuesday evening BBQ still happening?

Yes! The biannual Tuesday evening BBQ WILL be held at the home of Alec Harris.