Are you interested in learning more about Music Learning Theory as a piano teacher?
In this post, I’ve compiled a list of articles, YouTube videos, piano methods, podcasts, books, and grants I have found helpful in my own journey.
Professional Membership & Biennial Conference
Grants and Scholarships for Further Study
- Videos of Dr. Gordon on GIML’s YouTube Channel
- A playlist on YouTube highlighting some of Amy’s favorite videos on Music Learning Theory. (This video is the first in the playlist.)
Read about MLT
Audiation: The Foundation of Music Learning Theory by Amy Chaplin on Alfred Music Blog
Articles on ColorinMyPiano.com
The Ways Children Learn Music by Eric BluestineHow do children learn music? And how can music teachers help children to become independent and self-sufficient musical thinkers? Author Eric Bluestine sheds light on these issues in music education.
How to Think Music by Harriet SeymourOriginally published in 1915 but shockingly applicable to the conversation around how we learn when we learn music.
Quick and Easy Introductions by Edwin E. Gordon
Covering questions like: How do young children learn differently from adults? What is audiation, and why is it important? What are the stages and types of music learning? How should music learning be sequenced? How does music learning parallel language learning?
Quick and Easy Introductions is a perfect starting point for exploring the profound and remarkable ideas destined to shape our understanding of music learning—and, therefore, how best to teach music—for decades to come.
Websites and Blogs
- Krista Jadro’s Music Learning Academy online course
- The Improving Musician blog by Andrew Mullen
- Sound Educators blog by Robin Giebelhausen
- Mind, Muscle, Music, & Myth blog by Ron Malanga
- SingToKids blog and TpT store by Jennifer Bailey
- MLT easy as Do Re Mi blog by Katie Burk
- Growing Up With Music TpT store by Natasha Sigmund
- TpT store by Heather Shouldice
- U of South Carolina Library’s Dr. Edwin E. Gordon Archive
Music Moves for Piano is currently the only piano method based 100% on Music Learning Theory. Written in cooperation with Dr. Edwin E. Gordon, author Marilyn Lowe has a series of 24 method and supplemental books, including Christmas books and books for preschoolers (Keyboard Games A and B).
- Keys at Play, Book 1 by Joy Morin
- Happy Birthday By Ear and Christmas By Ear by Amy Chaplin
- The Literate Musician workbook by Andy Mullen
- Ars Nova de Audiation by Gregory Chase
- What Great Music! CD from GIA Publications
- Music Play by Valerio, Reynolds, Bolton, Taggart, and Gordon. An early childhood curriculum book that contains many activities that are good for any age student.
- Keys to Music Learning by Krista Jadro and Hannah Mayo
- Everyday Musicality by Dr. Heather Shouldice
- Top Music Podcast: Exploring MLT with Marilyn Lowe
- Introduction to Audiation-Based Piano Instruction and Music Moves for Piano
- Edwin E Gordon and Music Learning Theory for Piano Teachers
- Music Moves for Piano Teachers