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The Gordon Institute for Music Learning Professional Development Levels Course - Elementary General Music Level 1

About Elementary General PDLCs

Elementary General Music PDLCs are based on the premise that the most effective method for teaching music to children is encompassed in a three-stage approach, called Whole/Part/Whole. 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 methods by peer teaching and writing lesson plans. 

Stage 1 (Whole) is experiencing music in many tonalities, meters, styles, and timbres.  Techniques may include singing, chanting, moving, dancing, listening,  playing instruments, creating and improvising, reading, writing, and performing. At Stage 1, students experience music in a holistic way. Music content, such as different tonalities and meters is introduced in Stage 1. In Stage 2 (Part), students are studying the parts of music by learning a specific vocabulary of tonal and rhythm patterns. Music skills, such as the association of tonal and rhythm solfege with tonal and rhythm patterns, and music reading are introduced in Stage 2. In Stage 3 (Whole), students synthesize the content experienced in Stages 1 & 2 to provide understanding and comprehension of music. This understanding results in students engaging in musical activities in a sophisticated way.  - from

Dates: July 11-22, 2022 

Times: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM. (Monday through Friday)


Seton Hill University Performing Arts Center
100 Harrison Avenue
Greensburg, PA 15601

Note: Google Maps and other GPS may direct you to the wrong building using the physical address listed above.  The Performing Arts Center (PAC) is located on the corner of Harrison Avenue and West Otterman Street in Greensburg, PA.  The main entrance is directly across from the PA Wine & Spirits store.

Course Fees

  • Non-Credit: $750.00

We are able to offer this course for 4 graduate credits.

  • For Graduate Credit (4): $2,560.00


  • Jen Doiron
  • Dr. Jill Reese
  • Dr. Jessica Vaughan-Marra (Faculty Advisor and Site Supervisor)


For an additional fee of $324, on-campus housing will be available in Farrell Residence Hall, which has suite-style rooms with 3 bedrooms that share one bathroom. These rooms are air-conditioned and Seton Hill will provide linens. It is recommended that those staying on-campus pack like they will be in a hotel. 

Farrell Hall is located on the main hilltop campus of Seton Hill University and the course will be held at the Seton Hill University Performing Arts Center. The Performing Arts Center is located at the foot of "the Hill" in Greensburg's historic cultural district.  It is recommended that you have a car to drive between the locations as there is no campus shuttle service available in the summer. 

Check-in will be in the lobby of Farrell Hall at the following days and times:

  • Sunday, July 10th from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Monday, July 11th from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

A photo ID is required for housing check-in.  Students staying on campus will park in either the Boyle Lot or A Lot. 

Directions to Campus & Campus Map

Directions to Campus

Campus Map


Registration required for all participants.

Click here for printable course registration form. (PDF)

Click here to register online.

Click here for printable Graduate Credit course form (PDF)

Please complete and send all required forms to: Michelle Walters, Community Arts Program, Box 390F, One Seton Hill Dr., Greensburg, PA 15601

Deadline for registration: June 24th, 2022

Questions? Contact Michelle Walters at (724) 552-2923 or