Edwin E. Gordon

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1927-2015

Edwin E. Gordon has been known throughout the world as a preeminent researcher, teacher, author, editor, and lecturer in the field of music education. Since 1997 he was Distinguished Professor in Residence at the University of South Carolina, following his retirement as the Carl E. Seashore Professor of Research in Music Education at Temple University in Philadelphia.

In addition to advising Ph.D. candidates in music education, Dr. Gordon has devoted many years to teaching music to preschool children. Through extensive research, Professor Gordon has made major contributions to the study of music aptitudes, stages and types of audiation, music learning theory, and rhythm in movement and music, to name just a few areas.

Before devoting his life to the field of music education, he earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in string bass performance from the Eastman School of Music and played string bass with the Gene Krupa band. He want on to earn a Ph.D. from the University of Iowa in 1958.

Professor Gordon and his work have been portrayed nationally and internationally on the NBC Today Show, in the New York Times, in USA Today, and in a variety of European and Asian publications.

Dr. Gordon passed away on December 4, 2015 in Mason City, IA, where he was cared for by his daughter Pam.

Read Gordon's "Roots of Music Learning Theory" on Edwin Gordon's Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=104934506264301