This tune is an update on the folk classic, "Cripple Creek." It is in Mixolydian tonality and unusual-paired meter. I use it as an acculturation and movement activity in "five." The notation ...Read More

I have a brand new book out that I think will prove to be an invaluable resource for you in your teaching. It's called "Fifty Tunes For Teaching: New Songs With and ...Read More

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 ...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 ...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,” ...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 ...Read More

This is an updated version of the "My Mother, Your Mother" song archetype. There is built in listening, echoing, and improvisation. Lyrics Verse 1Once upon a time, there were two sheep,And ...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 ...Read More

In the Learning Music Learning Theory Learning Theory, we established a foundation of knowledge - The First Five - that will assist us in our understanding of MLT. As a reminder, ...Read More

Most of my songs seem to be about food these days!  I use this song, amongst others, to teach how to read familiar tonic and dominant patterns in major and minor ...Read More

Many teachers are often intrigued by Gordon’s Music Learning Theory, but, when put to the task of trying to implement it in their classrooms in a meaningful way, are bereft of ...Read More

When you feel like you are ready to begin to teach your students musical patterns a la MLT, it is important to make a distinction pattern teaching and the rest of ...Read More

Tune: "Look at All the Happy Faces Tonality: Aeolian Meter: Unusual Unpaired (7) Teaching Ideas Use this tune to acculturate students to music in 7. The microbeats are organized into 2, ...Read More

One of the tenets of Music Learning Theory is the concept of Whole-Part-Whole instruction in curriculum development. Gordon argued that efficient learning takes place in a Whole-Part-Whole manner. Whole The big ...Read More

“My best recommendation to music teachers of the next century is to improvise, improvise, improvise! Get rid of notation. Learn from music learning theory to teach children to make music without ...Read More

Sometimes teachers who are interested in MLT get bogged down in the details, get intimidated by the terminology, or just plumb don’t get it. The goal of MLT is to teach ...Read More

In this Audiation Station video, we take our first stab at combining tonal patterns and rhythm patterns and reading them in "real" pieces of music. By "real" pieces of music, I ...Read More

Several of my students were asking for some help with the tonalities. How do I know which one is which? How do I keep them all straight? What are some ways to ...Read More

I have been playing the fiddle for about 10 years now. I am a decent player, focusing mostly on the Old Time genre with the playing of fiddle tunes. It’s been ...Read More

Many music teachers hear of Music Learning Theory (or, “The Gordon Method” or "MLT") in their undergraduate or graduate music education classes, but more often than not, they are left confounded ...Read More

Stuck in a Major Rut? Use These Etunes to Learn All 8 Tonalities In order to have a more grounded and global sense of Major tonality, Music Learning Theory dictates that ...Read More

What is Body Mapping and Why Do Musicians Need It? Quick (mostly relevant) Story I had always loved the fiddle, and always wanted to learn how to play it. Stories loomed ...Read More

From Major to Locrian: An Overview of The Tonalities As explained in the previous article, each tonality is a unique being. Each tonality has: A resting tone Characteristic tones Essential harmonic ...Read More

What is a Tonality? The Music Learning Theory Definition One of the basic tenets of Music Learning Theory is that we learn by contrast. We don’t learn what something IS, we ...Read More

This blog is the result of teaching myself music for almost 30 years. There, of course, have been key figures and key individuals to help me along the way. However, for ...Read More