Music Learning Theory is an explanation of how we learn when we learn music. Based on an extensive body of research and practical field testing by Edwin E. Gordon and others, Music Learning Theory focuses on the teaching of audiation, Gordon's term for hearing music in the mind with understanding. Teaching methods help music teachers establish sequential curricular objectives in accord with their own teaching styles and beliefs.
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Welcome to GIML, the Gordon Institute for Music Learning
We are a community of learners, educators, musicians, and scholars. Join us in our collaborative efforts to advance the pedagogy and Music Learning Theory of Edwin E. Gordon, music education researcher and pioneer. Just as music is a ubiquitous human trait, GIML strives to provide a global network for music and movement development specialists to share music and ideas. We provide opportunities to meet and communicate, professional development, support for learning and research, and publications to disseminate learning and research. We believe in the value of a diverse and inclusive community and the potential of everyone to be musical.
Through this website you may avail yourself of the resources GIML has to offer and connect with MLT practitioners around the world. Please consider joining GIML to take full advantage of these resources. We coordinate numerous in-person and online learning events, including Professional Development Levels Certification courses designed for instrumental, vocal, school, and studio environments. Our international faculty are steeped in MLT and eager to share best-practice pedagogy. Building on Dr. Gordon’s seminal works, our members generate high-quality musical and curricular materials that may be useful in your teaching.
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