NSU presents GIML Professional Development

The Gordon Institute for Music Learning

The Gordon Institute for Music Learning and Northern State University are proud to offer:



Early Childhood Music: Level I

Level I Certification

June 19-30, 2017


Registration is closed.


Contact: Dr. Wendy vanGent





Holley Haynes

Natasha Sigmund



Who Should Attend?

  • Music educators at ALL levels
  • Parents and grandparents who want to learn about this unique and practical application of music learning theory
  • Those interested in increasing their understanding of audiation

What is Music Learning Theory (MLT)?

MLT is an explanation of how we learn when we are learning music, based on an extensive body of recent and current research. According to MLT, we learn music the same way we learn language. Audiation is the term used to explain the cognitive activity during music-making.



What is taught in the Early Childhood Music: Level I?

Early experiences in music can have a profound impact on future musical developmentParticipants will learn:

  • Practical methods for encouraging a child’s experience with music
  • Guiding music learning with formal and informal guidance
  • A repertoire of songs and chants in a variety of tonalities and meters
  • How to enhance music learning through movement
  • How to enhance personal musicianship

What are the details of this professional development program at NSU?

  • Enjoy a two-week residency on NSU's beautiful campus 
  • Two MLT, GIML-trained specialists serve as faculty
  • Half of each day features musicianship/lecture/theory; the other half, applications/peer teaching/verbal association
  • Hands-on experience with babies, toddlers and children


$940 for the 2-week course ($200 deposit due before June 1, 2017)

$273 for housing on NSU's campus (optional)

$120 ($40/credit) for 3 graduate credits of MUS 792 (NASM accredited) (optional)




Early Childhood Professional Development (ECPD)

One’s potential to learn is never greater than at the moment of birth. The early years of life are crucial for establishing a foundation for lifelong music development. A child’s musical experiences from birth to age five have a particularly profound impact on the extent to which he/she will be able to understand, appreciate, and achieve in music as an adult. Children must be exposed to a rich variety of music during these years in order to develop the necessary readiness for formal music learning when they are older.


ECPD is for elementary, middle and high school music teachers, piano teachers, professional performers, and music education students who are interested in furthering their understanding of audiation and enhancing their teaching through an audiation approach. The framework will be provided by Music Learning Theory, developed by Dr. Edwin E. Gordon. Unique practical application of the theory and its use in early childhood, general and instrumental music will be presented by faculty who are highly experienced in teaching classes based on music learning theory.


Participants will:

  • Recognize the importance of early childhood music
  • Discover how very young children learn to understand music
  • Learn how young children might best be taught music according to music learning theory
  • Learn how to enhance music development using informal and formal music guidance in a variety of tonalities and meters
  • Learn how to create child-initiated classroom activities for progression through the types and stages of preparatory audiation
  • Learn how to enhance music learning through movement
  • Develop their own musicianship


Gordon Institute for Music Learning