In Part 1 of this article, I explained the basics of verbal association as a level of learning in Gordon’s Skill Learning Sequence. In this article, I will endeavor to describe the ways in which Gordon and his contemporaries have ...

​Read More

This quarantune (a song written during the Covid-19 quarantine) is in the Freygish mode (also known as Phrygian dominant.) I actually originally wrote it in Locrian, but it didn't quite set right.  This song has built in opportunities for echoing, ...

​Read More

Verbal Association (abbreviated VA) is the second level in the Skill Learning Sequence.At this level, we use tonal solfege (movable do with a la-based minor) and rhythm solfege (movable “du,” a beat function rhythm syllable system) to label the sounds ...

​Read More

Aural/Oral (abbreviated A/O) is the most fundamental level in the Skill Learning Sequence. This level is far-reaching, as not only does it cover a level in the Skill Learning Sequence, it is also all-encompassing for instruction in preparatory audiation. Everything that ...

​Read More

This is an updated version of the "My Mother, Your Mother" song archetype. There is built in listening, echoing, and improvisation.  LyricsVerse 1Once upon a time, there were two sheep,And mighty chatty sheep were they.Every afternoon, they'd have a "baa ...

​Read More

Season 1, Episode 2 of "The Literate Musician" podcast is live! It is live on iTunes, Stitcher, and all of the other major podcasting platforms. You can also view it here:Content of this episode:Duple Acculturation (Chant!)Rhythm Lesson 2 (Duple, Macro/microbeat, ...

​Read More

Use this song as an opportunity for your students to choose to be the same or different! If they want to be the same, they can simply echo your "song" (your improvised antecedent phrase). If they want to be different, ...

​Read More