The Development and
Practical Application of
Music Learning Theory

Edited by Maria Runfola and Cynthia Crump Taggart
with a Foreword by Edwin E. Gordon

“How do children learn when they learn music?” For nearly fifty years Edwin E. Gordon has been searching for the answers to this question using his groundbreaking research-based Music Learning Theory.

In The Development and Practical Application of Music Learning Theory, 31 authors, all experts in their fields, take up the challenge raised by Gordon—to continually improve classroom music instruction in truly practical ways.

Some of the questions addressed include:

  • How can Music Learning Theory and Orff Schulwerk be combined in the general music classroom for maximum learning?

  • Why are healthy singing techniques so important when introducing Gordon’s solfege system?

  • How can Music Learning Theory be applied to beginning senior citizen musicians?

  • In what ways can a better understanding of rhythm and sight-singing methods improve even college-level aural skills and theory instruction?

  • What does world music offer proponents of Music Learning Theory?

The four main sections are Early Childhood, Elementary, General, and Choral Applications; Instrumental Applications; Higher Education Applications; and Current Trends in Implementation. This clear organization allows teachers to quickly jump to the section that interests them most, making effective use of their already limited time.

Readers are encouraged to tailor Music Learning Theory tailored to their classrooms’ needs. The editors write, “Music Learning Theory will always be a work in progress, developing through the learning that takes place as excellent practitioners use its principles in their teaching.”

The Development and Practical Application of Music Learning Theory is a must for anyone interested in further exploring how children learn music and what the implications are for day-to-day classroom instruction.

Maria Runfola is Department Chair and Associate Professor for the Graduate School of Education at the State University of New York at Buffalo. She earned her PhD in Music Education from the University at Buffalo. Her professional and research interests include measurement and evaluation in music, music aptitude, assessment in the arts, and early childhood arts education.

Cynthia Crump Taggart is an Associate Professor of Music Education at Michigan State University School of Music where she also directs and teaches in the Early Childhood Music and Young Musicians Program of the MSU Community Music School. Prior to coming to Michigan State, she taught at Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Institute of Music. She holds a bachelor of music and master of music from the University of Michigan and a PhD from Temple University.

Co-authors: Christopher D. Azzara, Eric Bluestine, Suzanne L. Burton, Richard M. Cangro, Kilissa M. Cissoko, Susan Wharton Conkling, Colleen Conway, Bruce Dalby, Elisabeth A. Etopio, Edwin E. Gordon, Richard F. Grunow, Denise Guilbault, Warren Henry, Kristin Slocum Kreiss, Diane M. Lange, Nadine C. McDermott, Herbert D. Marshall, Michael E. Martin, Elaine Alba Mitchell, Michael Norman, Alison Reynolds, Sheryl Iott Richardson, Helena Rodrigues, Debbie Rohwer, Joanne Rutkowski, M. Christina Schneider, Janet Smith, Lelouda Stamou, Bruce Taggart, Cynthia Crump Taggart, Kenneth R. Trapp, and Wendy Hicks Valerio.

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Edition # Title
G-6656 The Development and Practical Application of Music Learning Theory