I have just released a brand new course called Rhythm Reading 102: Enrhythmic Time Signatures. This free course teaches how to read macrobeats and microbetas in 3 new timesignatures: 4/4, 3/4 ...Read More

Brand new course: Enrhythmic Time Signatures

I have just released a brand new course called Tonal Reading 102: Reading Major Tonic. This free course teaches how to read and generalize major tonic patterns in several DO-signatures, and ...Read More

Brand new course: Reading Major Tonic

Composite Synthesis (abbreviated CS) is the highest level in Discrimination learning. There are two sub-levels: Composite Synthesis-Reading (CS-r) and Composite Synthesis-Writing (CS-w). It subsumes all of the previous levels of learning. ...Read More

Composite Synthesis: Reading Music With Comprehension

In the previous article, I showed readers ways that teachers can engage students at the Symbolic Association level with a focus on reading. In this article, I will show you how, ...Read More

Writing From Audiation

Symbolic Association (abbreviated SA) is the first time that students read musical notation. Students first heard the sound at Aural/Oral, gave it an aural label in Verbal Association, solidified musical context ...Read More

Symbolic Association: Connecting the Eye to the Ear

In my middle school general music classes, we are getting ready to delve into some unfamiliar tonalities. If your situation is anything like mine, we are still playing catch-up from three very ...Read More

Modal Meditations

In Part 1 of this article, we looked at the theory behind Partial Synthesis, as well as how to teach using this level in tonal and rhythm Learning Sequence Activities. In ...Read More

Partial Synthesis: The Enigma of the Skill Learning Sequence (Part 2, Classroom Activities)

And now, we come to the enigma of the Skill Learning Sequence, Partial Synthesis. Most people can wrap their heads around Aural/Oral and Verbal Association, the first two levels of the Skill ...Read More

Partial Synthesis, The Enigma of the Skill Learning Sequence (Part 1, Learning Sequence Activities)

Interested in introducing your students to the tonalities in a gentle manner? Then singing bass lines with only two functions might be the way to go for you! Sometimes, the leaps associated ...Read More

Chord Root Cousin Songs

Here's a new tune that has emerged in recent years. It's called "Take a Little Walk." I included it in my book, MLT Any Music Teacher Can Du...De. You can hear the ...Read More

Take a Little Walk (Tune for Teaching)

A few years ago, while attending a GIML Professional Development Level Workshop (PDLC), we were tasked with composing a song in Lydian tonality. Always up for a challenge, I tried my ...Read More

Middle Child – a Round in Lydian

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 ...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)