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Introducing The Choral Musician Digital Workbook Series

The noted choral educator Donald Neuen described a chorister as equal parts singer, actor and musician. This workbook series will focus on the musician piece of that chorister pie. By teaching your students to be musicians, they will learn to speak and then read the language of music.

Introducing The Choral Musician

The Choral Musician is a series of student books inspired by the pioneering Music Learning Theory research by Dr. Edwin E. Gordon. Music Learning Theory (or, MLT) describes how students learn when they learn music. If a chorister is one-third musician, then students should learn the inner workings of rhythm, harmony and melody. The Choral Musician provides an audiation framework for students. 

Choir Teachers:Teach Audiation 

I created these books for my students in my choirs. 

I have been using Music Learning Theory to inform my choir teaching, learning and instruction for over a decade and the results have been fantastic. 

However, all of the necessary materials for teaching audiation were always in my hands. I was the keeper of the lore. I was the one who had the patterns and the tonalities. I struggled to find a way to distribute materials to students and grant them access to a "virtual Mr. Mullen," and all of my audiation expertise outside of my class. 

And so this series was born. 

These workbooks are available in two formats: a PDF version for easy printing, and a Google Slides version for students to use on iPads and for teachers to project on a big screen. 

Warm-ups, pattern videos, pattern tracks, explanations of audiation concepts, improvisation and generalization activities, reading demonstrations, pattern reading, and sight-reading's one stop shopping!

Maybe your students will feel the same way.  

About The Choral Musician 

In The Choral Musician Book 1, students learn to read music in the same way that they learn language. Before they learn to read, they develop both a listening vocabulary, and a speaking vocabulary of tonal and rhythm patterns which they can sing. Once students have this vocabulary, they are taught to read patterns (words) and then put those patterns together and read choral music (sentences). 

Build the Audiation Foundation

This book provides students with an audiation foundation in major and minor tonalities, and duple and triple meters.

In this book, students will develop a basic vocabulary of tonal and rhythmic contexts and words so that they can speak the language of music. This is done through tonal patterns and rhythm patterns, or "musical words." Students will learn rhythm patterns, harmonic patterns and scale patterns that they will be able to sing, improvise with, generalize in order to teach themselves new patterns, and use as the preparation with reading for understanding just as they do in language. 

Learn to Read Patterns

The Choral Musician guides students in how to read (notationally audiate) all of the tonal and rhythm patterns they can already audiate. 

If we follow the language analogy, we learn to read words that we have already heard, spoken, understand, and improvised with. We will learn to read rhythmic words and tonal words separately, and then will combine tonal words and rhythmic words into "musical sentences" which form the basis for sight-reading.

Combine Tonal Patterns and Rhythm Patterns into Real Music

After students read tonal and rhythm patterns separately, they are combined into sight-reading exercises in one, two and four parts.

Reading Benchmarks start very simply with reading familiar patterns in unfamiliar order, and then progress logically. Soon, students are reading content in both major and minor tonalities and duple and triple meters (in a variety of key signatures and time signatures). Students will have the opportunity to generalize unfamiliar content, a necessary skill when reading new music. 

Try Before You Buy!

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Google Slides Preview

You can download The Choral Musician Sampler to peruse the materials before you buy. Try them out with your students, and if you like them, buy The Choral Musician Book 1 for your program.

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About Andy Mullen

Andy Mullen is an audiation-based music teacher in Burlington, MA, a suburb north of Boston, where he teaches both general music and choir to middle school students. He loves singing weird songs about snails and bubble gum to his students, hearing them sing, improvise and compose, and seeing them grow every single day as musicians.  

Andy is on the Elementary General and Choral faculty of GIML, the Gordon Institute for Music Learning, and also serves as chair of the Media and Communications commission, and is President-elect.  

He is a recovering singer-songwriter, and is an active folk musician. 

Here’s what people are saying about Andy's materials

Hannah Mayo

Piano Teacher

My students especially love his engaging tunes and videos!

Andy Mullen’s materials have been, and continue to be, one of my favorite supplements! They have taught me so much about being a quality music educator and filled in many gaps in my understanding of the music learning sequence. 

Monica Martini

Music Teacher

I thank you for all your resources and inspirations. I love your work in the MLT world.

I have been using Andy's resources since I discovered them and they are now indispensable in my teaching. Furthermore, he is really available for any need or clarification. The resources are adaptable and having multiple voices are useful for all the voice registers present in the classroom.

Melanie Jones

Music Teacher

MLT can be complicated stuff, but with Andy, it is fun for teachers and students alike

His superb website, videos and books are so accessible and clearly presented; they gave me my way in to start exploring MLT, for which I am hugely grateful. Andy’s delightful sense of humor is apparent throughout. I cannot wait to see what he produces next!

Purchasing Options

You can either:

  • Purchase ONLY The Choral Musician Bundle, Book 1
  • Sign up for The Faculty Library, and get access to The Choral Musician Book 1, Piano Patterns Book 1, The General Musician Book 1, and all of my teaching materials. 

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  • Immediate Access




Includes The Choral Musician and all of my teaching materials




  • Includes teacher licenses for Piano Patterns Book 1The Choral Musician Book 1, and The General Musician Book 1.
  • Lifetime access to Digital workbooks
  • Includes all future Book 1 teaching materials
  • Immediate Access
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What format are these materials in?

This book includes two versions: 1. a PDF file, and 2. a Google Slides file. There are embedded audio and video files within the workbook. This gives you the opportunity to display these on a SmartBoard, or give them to your students to work independently. A PDF version is included for easy printing.

WAIT, THESE are included in the Faculty Library?

Yes, you can either buy this book individually, or just subscribe to the Faculty Library and get access to this book, as well as Piano Patterns Book 1, and The General Musician Book 1. It's actually cheaper that way, as long as you don't subscribe for another year. 


I hear ya! I know this is hard to do without supporting teacher materials. I am on it. In the interim, I suggest you take advantage of the wealth of teacher materials available in the Faculty Library. 


I understand that outside of the US, this seems like a lot of money. I'm sure it is. Please reach out to me, and let me know what you can afford, and we will try to work something out.