The Gordon Institute for Music Learning

Empowering independent musicians through audiation.

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.

From the President

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.

Join GIML and add your voice to our dynamic community!

Herbert Marshall

Dr. Herbert Marshall, President

Most Recent Edition of

For Your Audiation

The Gordon Archive

The Edwin E. Gordon Archive can be found at the University of South Carolina library archive. 

The following is a tutorial for how to effectively use the archive and view what is in each box. 

Click Here For a Tutorial on Using the Archive

•Under Gordon Archives 101, select Edwin E. Gordon Archive Finding Aid

•Select Container Inventory tab

•View each box for archived items.

•If you want more information about the materials found in the Gordon Archives contact the archivist, Jen Wochner. Her email can be found on the Guide to Edwin E. Gordon Archive Resources Page and select “Email Me.”

Gordon Davignon, Historian

Diane Lange, PhD

Denise Guilbault, PhD