2016 GIML Training (2): A Great First Week

[See previous post: 2015 GIML Training (1): The Adventure Begins]

I’ve had a great first week in Boston for the Piano Certification Course training sponsored by the Gordon Institute of Music Learning (GIML).

Here is a photo of Amy and I standing in front of Brookline Music School, which is hosting the training.

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Brookline Music School is a nonprofit which has been in operation for over 90 years. Their building is a beautiful old Victorian home.

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We are learning so much. Each day, we arrive at Brookline Music School by 9am. The day’s activities wrap-up at 4:30pm. We have a 45-minute lunch break each day.

Each evening, there are reading assignments and other assignments. It’s a very intensive course. We are learning so much.

During class, we move, sing, chant rhythms, listen to lectures, discuss, share, ask questions, etc…. It’s wonderful.

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Our teachers — Marilyn Lowe, Jennifer Fisher, and Janna Olson — have been fantastic.

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During the mornings, we focus on musicianship while the afternoon is specific to Marilyn Lowe’s Music Moves For Piano method.

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I cannot wait to share more specifics here on the blog about what we are learning. Music Learning Theory (MLT) is an incredible philosophy with huge implications for our teaching. There are going to be a number of things that will be changing about my teaching going forward as a result of becoming more familiar with MLT. Stay tuned.

This weekend, Amy and I plan to do some sight-seeing around Boston. Any specific recommendations for sites we should visit? :)

[See next post: 2016 GIML Training (3): Wrap-Up]

PG
Joy Morin is a piano teacher in Perrysburg, Ohio (United States) who enjoys keeping her teaching fresh with new ideas and resources. ColorInMyPiano.com serves as a journal of her adventures in piano teaching as well as a place to exchange ideas and resources.

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6 Comments

  1. Lou Ann Pope
    Posted 6 August 2016 at 11:36 pm | Permalink

    Joy, I love living vicariously through you! You have such great adventures and it’s so awesome to see things through your eyes. I’m going to speak for the piano community…We LOVE how you keep us informed!
    Lou Ann

  2. Jeanine Theimer
    Posted 8 August 2016 at 11:55 am | Permalink

    I am so excited to hear more about what you are learning. The Music Learning Theory Philosophy sounds like something I would love to learn more about and incorporate into my teaching. Thank you for sharing your experience! Looking forward to hearing more!

  3. Alice
    Posted 8 August 2016 at 6:15 pm | Permalink

    Boston: 1) Be sure to get to the Boston Common/Public Garden. We get pizza at Sal’s across Tremont Street, and sit down on the grass to eat it. Great pizza! 2) Museum of Fine Arts: good impressionists collection, don’t miss the historic musical instruments room, by my favorite spot within the museum is the Old Masters’ hall. And 3) walk the Freedom Trail if you have the least bit of interest in the history of our nation.
    My top three–but many other great Boston spots such as Fanueil Hall and the Aquarium.

    • Posted 15 August 2016 at 8:46 pm | Permalink

      Thanks for all the tips, Alice! We made it to Boston Common and splashed around in the Frog Pond. :) We also managed to do a good portion of the Freedom Trail, which we thoroughly enjoyed. I’d love to return to Boston to be able to explore it more fully. It’s a great city.

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