MLT, Theory

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

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Songs With Words, Tunes for Teaching

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,

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MLT, Theory

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

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MLT, Theory

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

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Songs With Words, Tunes for Teaching

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

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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,

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Songs With Words, 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 antecedent phrase). If they want to be different,

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Announcements, Podcast

I am thrilled to announce my brand new podcast, "The Literate Musician." So many people love my YouTube videos and companion course to my book, "The Literate Musician," but want to Listen in the car, on the treadmill, with their kids, etc.Have

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MLT, Theory

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, the First Five were:1. Audiation as the foundation of

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