Being the music nerds we self-admittedly are, as part of our nightly study routine, Joy and I thought it would be beneficial to take turns reading out loud every term in the glossary of our text Learning Sequences in Music. We wanted to be sure we understood the meaning of all the new words thrown at us. You may be laughing, but it was quite helpful, especially for this first video you’re about to see!
A 16-hour car ride at some point in time requires a car game. Thus, on our way back from Boston, was born the Alphabet Game MLT Style. (I realize for many of you some of the terms will be meaningless, but I thought you would still get a kick out of it.) 🙂
If you want a bit more substance than our alphabet game, a few days after we returned, we recorded a video summary video for you!
- 3:00 Who was Edwin Gordon.
- 9:45 Who is Marilyn Lowe.
- 13:25 What is audiation and how is it developed.
22:00 How we each plan to start incorporating elements of MLT into our lessons.
- 25:45 What resources are available for teachers who want to learn more about MLT.
My end was a bit delayed at times so I apologize for occasionally having words drop. When I list the modes, it sounds like I miss one but I didn’t, it was just the connection. 🙂
Books mentioned in the video:
- Learning Sequences in Music, by Edwin E. Gordon.
- Study Guide for Learning Sequences in Music, by Edwin E. Gordon
- Quick and Easy Introductions, by Edwin E. Gordon. *An excellent “footnotes” version.
- The Ways Children Learn Music, by Eric Bluestine (Read Joy’s review here.)
- Intelligent Music Teaching, by Robert Duke. (We both feel it’s the #1 book on piano teaching. Read Joy’s review here.)
MLT Around the Internet
If you want to continue learning more about Dr. Gordon’s research here are some more resources around the web:
:: Just this past June (2016), the late Dr. Gordon was named one of five 2016 Lowell Mason Fellows from the National Association for Music Education (NAfME).
:: Dr. Gordon’s Keynote address to the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy (NCKP) July 2014.
:: Public school teacher Eric Bluestine, the author of The Ways Children Learn Music mentioned above, has a blog also titled The Ways Children Learn Music.
:: Music Learning Theory early childhood teacher, Heather Kirby shares about her experience in this “Meet the Teacher” video. Ms. Kirby is also an officer on the board of the Gordon Institute for Musical Learning. She was gracious enough to host an evening gathering at her home as well as a pizza dinner one night after class during the training.
:: We spent a lot of time learning about modes, singing chants, and tonal patterns, learning their characteristic tones and primary chords (I self-admittedly have a long way to go!) An Introduction to Modes is a great article to help you understand modes a little better. Also, Forest Kinney has an excellent article in the Sept/Oct 2015 issue of Clavier Companion titled Beyond Major and minor: A composer’s understanding of chords and scales.
From Tim Topham’s Music Learning Theory month in July
:: One of our classmates, Emma Barson, an MLT teacher from Adelaide Australia shares some thoughts in Tim’s opening post-Music Learning Theory.
:: One of our GIML teachers, as well as another classmate, shared their experiences as MLT teachers in Music Learning Theory Wrap-Up.