This downloadable mp3 “CD” contains over 60 tracks of advanced rhythm patterns with and without rhythm syllables for student or teacher use.Each meter/function is included both with a neutral syllable (at ...Read More

New Product – Advanced Rhythm Patterns CD

In this tutorial, I delve into some ways to teach the tune, "Shoo Fly Shoo" from my book, Fifty Tunes for Teaching.  The Tune This is a very simple tune in ...Read More

Shoo Fly Shoo (Tune Teaching Tutorial)

In this Tune Teaching Tutorial, I break down one of my students' favorite tune, the "should be Grammy-nominated" hit, "Watermelon."The Tune This is a very simple tune from my book, Fifty ...Read More

Watermelon (Tune Teaching Tutorial)

I am excited to announce that I have created a brand new course on my website, Rhythm Reading 101: Fundamentals.  101:Rhythm Reading FundamentalsIn this course, we will learn to read macrobeats ...Read More

Brand New Course! Rhythm Reading 101: Fundamentals

I am happy to announce the release of the FREE student library! This video says it all:The growing student library includes the following features:Access to my 3 free eBooks: How to ...Read More

Introducing the FREE Student Library!

Friday was a good day teaching.The Wifi went out, and I was suddenly bereft of a plan. I asked my principal if we could go to the library and use the ...Read More

The Parachute

If you're like me, singing and chanting in class is difficult these days. I need tracks that I can use so that students can clearly hear me and I can focus ...Read More

Listen, People, to My Chant

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

Crooked Creek (Tunes for Teaching)

I am very excited to announce the release of my brand new book, MLT Any Music Teacher Can Du...De. This book breaks down Gordon’s Music Learning Theory into simple, easy to understand ...Read More

New Resource: MLT Any Music Teacher Can Du…De

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

New Resource: Fifty Tunes for Teaching

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

Verbal Association Part 2: Building a Musical Vocabulary

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

Flow the Rattlesnake (Tunes for Teaching)

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 ...Read More

Verbal Association Part 1: The Workhorse of the Skill Learning Sequence

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 ...Read More

Aural/Oral: Laying the Foundation for Musical Understanding

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 ...Read More

Two Chatty Sheep (Tunes for Teaching)

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 ...Read More

Listen, People, To My Song (Tunes for Teaching)

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

Gordon’s Skill Learning Sequence: The 30,000 Foot View

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 tonality. Here ...Read More

Hamburgers, Hot Dogs (Tunes for Teaching)

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

LMLTLT: Learning Music Learning Theory Learning Theory, Part 1

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

Two Teaching Modalities: Learning Sequence Activities and Classroom Activities

Tune: "Look at All the Happy FacesTonality: AeolianMeter: Unusual Unpaired (7)Teaching IdeasUse this tune to acculturate students to music in 7. The microbeats are organized into 2, 2, 3. I use ...Read More

Look at All the Happy Faces (Tunes for Teaching)

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. WholeThe big picture or ...Read More

Whole Part Whole in the Music Classroom

“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

The Music/Language Parallel

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 students ...Read More

The MLT 3: Skills, Context and Content

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

Combining Tonal Patterns and Rhythm Patterns in “Real” Music

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

Tonality Tutoring Session