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Revised and Updated 2007 Edition. AVAILABLE NOW!

Learning Sequences in Music:
A Contemporary Music Learning Theory – 2007 Edition

Edwin E. Gordon

The first major revision of this seminal book in 10 years!

Learning Sequences in Music: Skill, Content, and Patterns is a milestone in music education. This book is perhaps the most provocative exploration ever written of how we learn music, from infancy to adulthood, and what we should do to teach music more effectively.

Revised, expanded, and completely rewritten for this eighth edition, Professor Edwin E. Gordon’s continued research reaffirms his place as perhaps the world’s principal thinker and researcher in music education.

Early controversial ideas championed by Gordon have now been widely accepted in the field: the importance of standardized tests, the crucial role of early childhood music education, and the fundamental need to teach audiation as a precursor to music reading.

Professor Gordon continues to present a feast of ideas in this new edition, combining the latest experimental and observational research in music learning with his own experience teaching students of all ages.

Topics covered include: the state of music today, audiation, individual differences, aptitude, readiness, and measurement and evaluation.

This book is a monumental achievement sure to be read and reread by generations of music educators to come.

Edition # Title
G-2345 Learning Sequences in Music (2012 Edition)
A Contemporary Music Learning Theory


Study Guide

This Study Guide is a companion to the 2007 edition of Learning Sequences in Music: A Contemporary Music Learning Theory by Edwin E. Gordon

Because this guide was written by Professor Gordon, it provides firsthand insight into all the major themes and ideas of Learning Sequences in Music. The author provides a chapter-by-chapter summary of major concepts, intriguing points for discussion (as many as 50 per chapter), and multiple-choice questions with detailed discussion of each answer.

This Study Guide will provide years of provocative thought and deliberation for anyone interested in pursuing the highest and best goals the music education field has to offer.

Edition # Title
G-2345SG Study Guide to Learning Sequences in Music (2007 Edition)


Learning Sequences in Music:
A Contemporary Music Learning Theory 2007 Edition Lecture CDs

Edwin E. Gordon

These Lecture CDs feature a 30-minute introduction by Dr. Gordon to each of the 15 chapters of his book, Learning Sequences in Music: A Contemporary Music Learning Theory. This 8-CD set is perfect companion to the book, but also work as a stand-alone introduction to all of the major concepts covered in this seminal work.

Edition # Title
G-2345CD Learning Sequences in Music Lecture CDs (8 CD set)


Edwin E. Gordon is known throughout the world as a preeminent researcher, teacher, author, editor, and lecturer in the field of music education. After receiving bachelor’s and master’s degrees in string bass performance from the Eastman School of Music and a second master’s degree in education from Ohio University, Gordon attended the University of Iowa, where he earned a PhD.

As a professor of music, he held the Carl E. Seashore Chair for Research in Music Education at Temple University, where he was presented with both the Lindback and Great Teacher Awards. Gordon also taught at the University of Iowa and the State University of New York at Buffalo. At the University of Iowa, he became general editor of Studies in the Psychology of Music, and the school has honored him with their Distinguished Alumni Award. Gordon is currently a research professor at the University of South Carolina.

Gordon’s five most well-known books are The Psychology of Music Teaching, Learning Sequences in Music, Introduction to Research and the Psychology of Music, Rhythm: Contrasting the Implications of Audiation and Notation, and A Music Learning Theory for Newborn and Young Children. Among the seven standardized tests he developed are the Musical Aptitude Profile; the Primary, Intermediate, and Advanced Measures of Music Audiation; the Iowa Tests of Music Literacy; the Instrument Timbre Preference Test; and the Harmonic and Rhythm Improvisation Readiness Records.

Gordon’s primary interests are research in the psychology of music, music aptitudes, music-learning theory, and audiation.

He lives with his wife, Carol, in Columbia, South Carolina.

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