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Music Education Professional Development Seminars

GIML Early Childhood Levels I & II

Summer 2018 Professional Development Levels Courses
July 16–27, 2018
M-F 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.


Beth Bolton - Associate Dean & Associate Professor; Temple University; Curriculum Director Temple Music Preparatory Division; Co-author, Jump Right In
Natasha Sigmund - Music Educator; Rush Elementary School; Cinnaminson, NJ
Wendy Valerio - Professor; University of South Carolina; Director USC Children's Music Development Center; Co-author, Jump Right In

Site Manager - Wendy Valerio


Sunday, July 15, 2018, 1:00–4:00 p.m. - Dorm check-in for those staying on campus.
Monday-Friday - July 16–20 and July 23–27
8:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. - Theory & Practical Application
1:00–4:30 p.m. - Theory & Practical Application


USC Copenhaver Band Hall- 324 Sumter St. Columbia, SC 29208 (2nd floor of USC Dance Conservatory)

What is a GIML PDLC?

A GIML Professional Development Levels Course (PDLC) differs from an ordinary workshop. Students who enroll in a GIML PDLC program have an active role. They are responsible for learning the material offered, for teaching with a high degree of competence, and for demonstrating their understanding of the method by writing lesson plans.

Who should attend a GIML PDLC?

Early childhood, elementary, middle school and high school music teachers, piano teachers, instrumental teachers, musicians, professional performers and music education students who are interested in furthering their understanding of audiation and enhancing their teaching through an audiation approach are eligible to enroll. The framework for all classes in the PDLC course will be provided by music learning theory, developed by Edwin E. Gordon. Unique practical applications of the theory and its use in early childhood, elementary general, piano, and instrumental music will be taught by faculty who are experienced in teaching classes based on music learning theory. Students who enroll in a Level 1 PDLC should have completed at least one music learning theory workshop or seminar prior to enrollment. Students who wish to attend a Level 2 PDLC must complete the entrance requirements outlined below. All participants must be able to read and write music.

Registration information

GIML Registration Fee - Required of All Participants

Pay the $100 GIML Registration Fee online here - DUE July 6, 2018.

Course registration instructions for those who DO NOT need university credit

Register for GIML EC L1 here - No university credit: Tuition = $650 - DUE July 1, 2018
Register for GIML EC L2* here - No university credit:  Tuition = $650 - DUE July 1, 2018
*See GIML EC L2 entrance requirements below.

Course registration instructions for those who DO need university credit.

Apply to USC The Graduate School for admission as a non-degree seeking student, if you are not a current USC graduate student.
Register here for the co-requisite courses necessary for GIML EC Level I w/ university credit.
MUED 554 - EC MLT Practices - L1  (2 university credits)
MUED 554 - EC MLT Theory - L1  (1 university credit)
Register here for the co-requisite courses necessary for GIML EC Level 2 w/ university credit.
MUED 554 - EC MLT Practices - L2 (2 university credits)
MUED 554 - EC MLT Theory - L2 (1 university credit)

On-campus housing registration instructions

A limited amount of on-campus housing is available in The Green Quad within walking distance of the PDLC site. Cost for housing, per single, air-conditioned room, private bath, shared kitchen, and weekly linen service (1 pillow, 2 sheets, 1 blanket, 1 towel), at USC is $492 for 12 nights (July 15–26).
Reserve your on-campus housing here. $492 (non-refundable) Due June 1, 2018

Required texts and materials

Advanced preparation is absolutely necessary. Purchase required materials early and prepare for the course by reading, taking notes, and practicing singing, chanting, and moving in a variety of tonalities, meters, and styles. Required materials for each course are listed below. Most materials are available from GIA Publications, Inc. 1-800-442-1358. The SC GIML Chapter will have these materials, as well as the Bailey and Bolton materials, and many more available for purchase from the Southeastern GIML Chapter at the PDLC.

Required texts and materials for GIML EC L1 and L2

 Available at 
• Gordon, E. E. (2013). A music learning theory for newborn and young children. Chicago, GIA.
• Gordon, E. E., Bolton, B. M., Taggart, C. C. & Hicks, W. K. (1993). Experimental songs and chants book I. Chicago: GIA.
• Grunow, R. Gordon, E., Azzara, C. (2010). Tonal and rhythm skills development. Chicago: GIA.
• Valerio, W., Reynolds, A., Taggart, C., Bolton, B., Gordon, E. (1998). Music play. Chicago, GIA.
• Taggart, C. C., Reynolds, A. M., Valerio, W. H., Bailey, J. M., Lange, D., & Gordon, E. E. (2010). Jump right in: The music curriculum(Rev. ed.), Teacher's edition, book K.
Available on-site only
• Bolton, B. (2010). Musicianship. Philadelphia: Bestbael
• Sigmund, N (2006). Growing up with music. Sigmund, Riverton, NJ. 
Bring with you
• Soprano recorder, tuning fork or pitch pipe, staff paper and pencils
• Ukulele

Travel information

Fly to Columbia Metropolitan Airport (CAE). Ground transportation by taxi is available from the airport.


Meals are available at many nearby restaurants and food shops. Dorms have kitchens; however, you must bring your own tableware, cookware and utensils.

Special entrance requirements for Early Childhood Level 2 participants - due April 15, 2018

1.    Link 15-minute video-recording of applicant's music engagement with young children
2.    Reflective statement
3.    Submit to by April 15, 2018

Participants who wish to enter Early Childhood Level 2 PDLC must submit a 15-minute video-recording of their teaching children between the ages of birth through five in stages 1–5 of preparatory audiation. Video-recordings will be reviewed by GIML faculty with regard to teaching qualities, rather than the success of the children on the video. The video should include: 1) Songs in Mixolydian and Dorian tonalities, 2) Unusual paired and unpaired meters, 3) Movement with flow, 4) Singing and chanting with appropriate pattern instruction. The applicant must also submit a one-page reflective statement regarding his/her development as a practitioner using Music Learning Theory with young children. Video-recordings, or links to video-recordings, and reflective statements are due to Wendy Valerio ( by April 15, 2018.


Carol Gordon scholarship application for college/university music methods teachers 
Download PDF application


Beth Bolton

Beth Bolton

Beth Bolton, Ph.D. 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, 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.

Natasha Sigmund

Natasha Sigmund

Natasha Sigmund has devoted the last 20 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 became 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.

Wendy Valerio

Wendy Valerio

Wendy Valerio, Ph.D. is Professor of Music, Director of Student Teaching, and Director of the Children's Music Development Center, USC Columbia where teaches graduate and undergraduate music education courses, supervises elementary music education interns, conducts early childhood music development research, and maintains a music education graduate assistant program. As a former chair of the NAfME Early Childhood Special Research Interest Group (ECSRIG) she helped institute a peer-reviewed research track at the ECCMA International Conventions. The Texaco Foundation, The Presser Foundation, University of SC, and Temple University have sponsored her research. Valerio's scholarly articles are found in Arts Education Policy Review, Journal Research in Music Education, Learning from Young Children, Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, Musical Experience in Our Lives, Listen to Their Voices, The Development and Practical Application of Music Learning Theory and Music Play: Bah Bah, Bebop, Beethoven. She is also co-author of Jump Right In: Music Play, and Jump Right In: The Music Series (GIA). As an active clinician, Dr. Valerio has enjoyed presenting throughout the US and in Canada, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Italy, St. Lucia, Spain, and Bermuda.


For more information, contact GIML director, email Dr. Wendy Valerio or 803-777-5382.