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Gordon Institute for Music Learning
July 1-12, 2019

Professional Development Level 1 courses in Early Childhood Music, Elementary General Vocal Music and Instrumental Music

Schedule/Course Descriptions | Faculty | Registration/fees | Housing/meals/parking


Sunday, June 30, 2019 – early check-in for those staying at Morgan Hall North dormitory on the Temple University main campus

July 1, 2, 3, 5, 6 (Saturday), 8-12 (Note: Temple University is closed on Thursday, July 4)

8:30AM - 12:00 noon: Music Learning Theory
1:00PM - 4:30 pm: Music Learning Theory in Context (Practical Application)

Classes will meet in Presser Hall, 2001 N. 13th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19122 (on Temple's main campus)

Friday, July 12 – check out of Morgan Hall North dormitory.


Each course will feature 70+ hours of instruction in Edwin Gordon's music learning theory and its practical application. Daily classes will feature lecture, collaborative music making, musicianship classes, movement, singing, playing instruments, and much more.

GIML PDL courses offered in summer 2019:

Early Childhood Music –Very young children are in a musical development stage known as preparatory audiation. Teachers will learn how to recognize a child’s developmental stage, to provide appropriate informal music guidance, and to develop a repertoire of songs, chants, and activities appropriate for early childhood music. Faculty: Anna Preston and Natasha Sigmund.

Instrumental Music – The course is based on music learning theory, audiation, and beginning instrumental or piano instruction and focuses on assisting students to learn to play instruments in tune, rhythmically, and with consistent tempo as well as they can sing in tune, chant, and move the body rhythmically with a consistent tempo. Students simultaneously learn two instruments—the audiation instrument (the instrument in the mind) and the executive instrument (the physical instrument). Faculty: Richard Grunow and Kathy Liperote.

Elementary General Music - Teachers will learn how to assess a child's developmental and stabilized music aptitude and deliver classroom and learning sequence activities to assist music learning and teach children how to audiate. Topics will include singing, chanting, movement, dance, lesson plan development and music learning theory. Faculty: Beth Bolton and Heather Kirby.

Dr. Beth Bolton serves as Vice Dean for Faculty and Academic Affairs, Center for the Performing and Cinematic Arts and Associate Professor of Music Education at Temple University, and curriculum director of Early Childhood Music Foundations at Temple Music Prep. She is a senior author of Jump Right In: The Music Curriculum (GIA) and is a co-author of Music Play (GIA). Many of Dr. Bolton’s 600+ original songs for teachers, children and parents are available in four books: Musicianship, Katangaroo, Crazy Eights, and L’albero delle canzoni (forthcoming, Orff Schulwerk Italiano). Dr. Bolton is an internationally renowned lecturer and has presented her work in the United States, Australia, Brazil, China, the Dominican Republic, Israel, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, Korea, New Zealand, Singapore, and Spain. Dr. Bolton is the honorary president of Musica in Culla (Music in the Crib), an international organization of early childhood music associations in Italy and Spain. She is the founder and a charter member of the international music education consortium One Vision, Many Mirrors, which includes members from the United States, Brazil, Israel, Italy, and Korea. She teaches annually in Spain and in the Italian national didactic course in early childhood music.
Dr. Richard F. Grunow is Professor of Music Education at the Eastman School of Music. Dr. Grunow’s work has been presented throughout the United States, Canada, Austria, Germany, Italy, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, Japan, and the French West Indies. His research and teaching focus on applications of Music Learning Theory to instrumental music instruction, instrumental and choral score reading, measurement and evaluation, and music literacy. Professor Grunow is author of numerous articles and co-author of the MLR Instrumental Score Reading Program, MLR Instrumental Score Reading Test, Choral Score Reading Program, Creativity in Improvisation, and Developing Musicianship through Improvisation. He is principal author of Jump Right In: The Instrumental Series (GIA), a comprehensive beginning instrumental method for recorder, woodwinds, brass, strings, and percussion. A Wisconsin native, Dr. Grunow received a BS degree in Music Education from the University of Wisconsin - Platteville where he is a Distinguished Alumnus and recipient of the Arts and Letters Hall of Fame Award. He received a Master of Music and a Ph.D. in Music Education from The University of Michigan, served as Director of the Instrumental Laboratory School, and was on the faculty in the Music Education Department prior to his appointment at Eastman in 1979.
Heather Kirby
is a music development specialist for PreK-5 music in the Dedham Public Schools. In addition to teaching children, she also mentors new teachers and pre-teachers through providing observation opportunities and acting as a cooperating teacher and mentor. A graduate of the University of Massachusetts-Lowell (1992, BM, cum laude) and Temple University (2005, MM, Phi Kappa Lambda), she also is a faculty member of the Gordon Institute for Music Learning and holds Level 2 Kodály Certification.

In addition to music teaching, Heather maintains an active performing life as cantor for Holy Family Parish, Rockland; cellist for the Parkway Concert Orchestra; keyboard/percussionist/vocalist for The DredSox Band; and background singer/arranger for The Celine Dion Tribute Band, among other smaller projects.
Dr. Kathy Liperote is Assistant Professor of Music Education (pt) at the Eastman School of Music, where she teaches undergraduate and graduate methods classes, observes student teachers, and supervises graduate teaching assistants. Her teaching and research focus on the music learning process, connecting aural skills to instrumental performance, and developing musicianship skills for elementary and secondary level teaching. Dr. Liperote has presented at state and regional NAfME conferences, and conducted professional development workshops most recently at the Fort Worth Independent School District, Baldwin Wallace University, and the University at Buffalo. She is also on the Instrumental Certification Faculty for the Gordon Institute for Music Learning. Prior to receiving the PhD in Music Education from the Eastman School of Music, Dr. Liperote taught instrumental music for 15 years in the Baldwinsville and West Genesee School Districts in Central New York State. She is a graduate of the Crane School of Music and Syracuse University.
Anna Preston is the music specialist at Haddonfield Friends School in Haddonfield, NJ, where she teaches general music to children ages 2 through 8th grade. She earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree at the University of Southern Mississippi and a Master of Music in Music Education degree at Temple University. Anna served on the faculty of Temple University’s Music Preparatory Division, where she taught Early Childhood Music Foundations for children birth-age 4 and their caregivers. Anna has presented workshops about early childhood music education in the US and China, and has been published in Audea and Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education.

Natasha Sigmund devoted the last twenty years to learning and teaching music, from leading early childhood music classes to working with undergraduate students and music education professionals. Presently she teaches general and vocal music at Rush Intermediate School in Cinnaminson, NJ. Prior to immigrating to the US in 1994, Natasha studied music from a very young age at Moscow's Children's Music Conservatory, then pursued her formal music education at Moscow State Teacher's University, majoring in choral conducting and piano.

Natasha continued her journey as a music education student in the US, earning Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Music Education degrees at Temple University, GIML Early Childhood level I and II certifications, GIML Elementary level I certification, and become certified as GIML faculty in 2007. Natasha is actively involved with professional development as a presenter at school in-services, GIML Workshops, and GIML summer Certifications courses.

Mrs. Sigmund is a recipient of Presser Foundation award for her work in collecting and adapting authentic Russian music to early childhood and elementary music settings in the United States. Her work with children has been featured on New Jersey Classroom Close-Up television program and One On One with Steve Audubato. Natasha's song collection, "Growing Up With Music", has been implemented by early childhood music professionals in the United States and abroad.


REQUIRED FEES (non-refundable)

Total required fees: $850

Click here to register through Temple University.

GIML PDL courses are available for 3-6 Undergraduate or Graduate credit hours at Temple University. Registration for Temple credit will become available in late March, 2019. Please contact Dr. Beth Bolton if you plan to enroll for Temple University credit.

Boyer graduate students may use GIML courses taken for credit as electives in their graduate degree program.

Credit fees range from $773 per credit (in-state undergraduate tuition) to $1,383 per credit (out-of-state graduate tuition).

*** Registration for Temple credit must be complete and paid before the course begins on July 1.


Housing fees range from approximately $61 per night (on-campus housing in Morgan Hall North dormitory to $150 per night (downtown hotel).

Check in June 30, 2019. Check out July 12, 2019. Total $776 per person (Includes $44 linen fee for the two weeks of stay).

You may purchase individual meals at your convenience at a variety of campus locations. Individual meals or meal plans are available in the dorm. The meal plan may not be the most economical or convenient plan because some evenings will feature evening GIML activities, including group dinners or picnics.

Overnight parking is available on the street near the dormitory.