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Music Moves for Piano Professional Development Levels Course

giml logoAugust 1st through 12th, 2016
9:00am to 4:30pm (weekdays only)

Location: Brookline Music School
25 Kennard Road, Brookline, MA 02445

Brookline Music School is hosting a Music Moves for Piano Professional Development Course this summer. The course will be taught by Marilyn Lowe, the author of Music Moves for Piano, and Jennifer Fisher, a music instructor at Eastern Michigan State University. 

The course is designed by the Gordon Institute for Music Learning (GIML), a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the research in music education pioneered by Edwin E. Gordon. The purpose of GIML is to advance music understanding through audiation. GIML believes in the music potential of each individual, and supports an interactive learning community with opportunities for musical and professional development.

What is a Professional Development Levels Course?

Professional Development Levels Courses (PDLC) differs from workshops. Students who enroll in a 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 peer teaching and writing lesson plans.

Early childhood, 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 for all classes in the PDLCs will be provided by music learning theory, developed by Dr. Edwin E. Gordon. Unique practical application of the theory and its use in Music Moves for Piano will be presented by faculty who are experienced in teaching classes based on music learning theory.

*Participants should have some prior knowledge of and background in Music Learning Theory.  Before enrolling for Level 1, participants should be able to sing rote songs in a variety of tonalities and meters and chant in a variety of meters. Participants should also be able to sing tonal patterns in major and minor tonalities with tonal solfege and chant rhythm patterns in usual duple and triple meters with rhythm solfege as demonstrated on the Tonal and Rhythm Skills Development CD available through GIA Publications.

Music Moves for Piano Professional Development Levels Course Description

The Music Moves for Piano course is based on Dr. Edwin E. Gordon’s Music Learning Theory (MLT), often called “theories of audiation.” Music Learning Theory is based on the sequential progression of how we learn and process music, when we learn music. Music Moves for Piano demonstrates how MLT can be applied to piano instruction as an audiation-based approach.

The Music Moves for Piano course will explain the music learning process through appropriate, sequential, and individualized learning activities. These learning activities will ensure Music Learning Theory concepts become internalized so students become literate musicians and reach their full music potential.

The music learning process is guided through two types of instruction, informal instruction and formal instruction.

Informal instruction is based on the types and stages of Preparatory Audiation. This beginning instruction is based on the musical age of the child, with special emphasis towards preschool aged children. Activities of informal instruction consist of: singing, chanting, and movement, along with keyboard games and improvisation.

Formal instruction is based on the types and stages of Audiation (hearing music that may, or may not, be present with comprehension). The Music Moves for Piano course will focus on developing audiation and keyboard skills that are acquired through:

a. Gordon’s sequenced tonal pattern and rhythm pattern instruction

b. Application of patterns to songs and pieces through singing, chanting, and movement

c. Improvisation activities

d. Keyboard geography

e. Keyboard playing skills

f. Performing as a soloist and ensemble player

g. Reading and writing music notation

The Music Moves for Piano course will aid teachers in guiding their piano instruction based on how the brain learns and processes music.



Complete the registration form and submit it with the registration and course fees.
The registration and course fees can also be paid online: http://giml.org/pdlc/brookline/.

Housing Information


AirBNB is an online host to room rentals all over the world.  Rooms, apartments and homes are available for rent. Attendees interested in sharing an entire apartment or house with others, please contact Krista Jadro at kjadro@bmsmusic.org to be connected.

There are many hosts that are in and around Brookline. Although the addresses of the rooms are not listed, the hosts can be contacted and will let you know the proximity and accessibility to the music school. Surrounding areas include Jamaica Plain, Newton, and Chestnut Hill. If you have a car, West Roxbury, Brighton, Allston and Needham are within 15 minutes. If you do not have a car, you can get to the music school on the T by the D line and bus #60.

Hotels and Bed and Breakfasts

Below are a few suggestions for accommodations within 1 mile of the music school.

Holiday Inn Boston-Brookline

1200 Beacon Street, Brookline 02446

Coolidge Corner Guesthouse

17-19 Littell Road, Brookline


Beach Tree Inn

83 Longwood Avenue, Brookline


Longwood Inn

123 Longwood Avenue, Brookline


If you need any help in the process of finding housing or want to connected with attendees willing to share housing, please contact Krista Jadro at kjadro@bmsmusic.org.