A personal and professional autobiography by the
developer of Music Learning Theory

Discovering Music from
the Inside Out

An autobiography Edwin E. Gordon


I usually had afternoons free, so I walked from 48th to 52nd streets looking for "Musicians Wanted" notices.

One day I saw such a sign, took the subway home to get my bass, and returned to what I remember as the Nola Studios... A rather small fellow came in, sat at the drums, and called a tune. We played it and a few more. Then he asked me, "How much do you want?"

"For what?"

"To travel."


"On the road by bus."

"With whom."

"With me."

The conversation ended abruptly when I was astonished to discover I was speaking to Gene Krupa, one of my boyhood idols.

—Edwin E. Gordon, on how he joined the Gene Krupa Band in 1950

One of the foremost pioneers in music education research and practices, Edwin E. Gordon tells the tale of his early life, his careers as a working musician and later as a researcher, and the founding of the Gordon Institute for Music Learning. He highlights the people in his life who helped him grow both professionally and personally: bass teachers, academic mentors, publishers, colleagues, and family.

Find out what prompted Edwin Gordon to consider how we learn music, to
develop terminology to describe that knowledge, to perform extensive research on his Music Learning Theory, and to rewrite the guidelines for early childhood music learning.

Discovering Music from the Inside Out also lends perspective to the personal and musical experiences that informed Gordon’s understanding of music education pedagogy.

This is a must read for practitioners of Music Learning Theory and for anyone interested in exploring the legacy of a frontrunner in music education research.

Edition # Title
G-6762 Discovering Music from the Inside Out: An Autobiography - Revised edition