2023 Professional Development Levels Courses

GIML is excited to present these Professional Development Level Courses for Summer 2023. 

Michigan State University (East Lansing, MI)
Dates: June 19 - June 30, 2023
Site Manager: Cynthia Taggart (cynthiacrumptaggart@gmail.com)
Faculty: Cynthia Taggart and Heather Shouldice
Eastern Michigan University (Ypsilanti, MI)
Dates: June 19 - June 30, 2023
Site Managers: Jenny Fisher (jfishe19@emich.edu) and Heather Shouldice (heathershouldice@gmail.com)
Faculty: Jenny Fisher, Krista Jadro, Janna Olson

EMU Information and Registration

More information about this PDLC can be found in this document: EMU PDLC Info

Register for this PDLC here:


Additional information about Piano 1:

The Piano Level 1 course at EMU will be run in a hybrid format. This will consist of:
•In-person class meetings: Monday, June 19 through Saturday, June 24. (Mon-Fri. 8:30am-4:30pm, Sat. 8:30am-2:00pm)
•Synchronous online meetings BEFORE the in-person portion on the following dates (all in ET): Friday, May 12, 10:00am-1:00pm, Friday, June 2, 10:00am-3:00pm 
Synchronous online meetings AFTER the in-person portion on the following dates (all in ET):Saturday, July 15, 10:00am-3:00pm, Sunday, July 16, 10:00am-3:00pm, Saturday, September 23, 1:00-5:00pm (ET)
•Asynchronous online coursework (approx. 5 hours, details TBA)

Piano 2 Application Requirements:

To apply for a Level 2 PDLC, Level 1 must have been completed in a previous year.  Levels 1 and 2 are not completed during the same year as time is required to put the learning from Level 1 into practice.  Participation in Level 2 requires official acceptance through the application process outlined by the Gordon Institute for Music Learning below. 
Level 2 video requirement deadline is May 15th. Please send recording links and questions to Jenny Fisher (jfishe19@emich.edu).
Entrance requirements:
• A 15-20 minute video of the candidate teaching piano students.  Either 15-20 continuous minutes or a compilation of video clips are acceptable.  The video is reviewed in light of the quality of the teaching rather than the success of the student(s) on the recording.  Include the following:
1. Teach piano students two minutes of Tonal Learning Sequence activities at the Verbal Association level in harmonic minor tonality.  Include teaching mode and evaluation mode.
2. Teach piano students two minutes of Rhythm Learning Sequence activities at the Verbal Association level in triple meter.  Include teaching mode and evaluation mode.
3. Perform songs in at least two different tonalities.
4. Perform songs or chants in at least two different meters.
5. Move in continuous flow and demonstrate weight, space, and/or time activities with piano students.
6. Teach a ‘Song to Sing’ from Music Moves Book 1 or 2.
7. Teach a piano piece from Music Moves Book 1, Book 2 or a rote piano solo.
8. Guide a Rhythm Creativity/Improvisation activity using voice and/or piano.

• A one-page single-spaced reflective statement on the candidate’s experiences teaching Learning Sequence Activities (Tonal Units 1-3 and Rhythm Units 1-4) and on his/her development as a general practitioner of Music Learning Theory.

Kent State University
Dates: July 5 – July 15, 2023
Site Manager: Butch Marshall (hmarsha6@kent.edu)
Faculty: Butch Marshall and Wendy Valerio

KSU Registration

All registrations for this PDLC will take place directly with Kent State University. Please email site chair Butch Marshall: hmarsha6@kent.edu

University at Buffalo  (Cancelled)
Dates: July 10 - July 21, 2023
Site Manager: Terry Bacon (baconterr@mac.com)
Faculty: Jennifer McDonel, Terry Bacon, Heather Kirby

UB Information and Registration

We apologize, but this site has been cancelled due to low enrollment. 

University of Maryland
Dates: August 7 - 18, 2023
Site Manager: Robin Giebelhausen (rgiebes@umd.edu)
Faculty: Jennifer McDonel, Terry Bacon (Theory and Instrumental Practical Applications), Jennifer Doiron (Elementary General Practical Applications), Andy Mullen (Choral Practical Applications)