How Children Learn When They Learn Music is a landmark publication and the first significant textbook in the distinguished career of Edwin E. Gordon.
Written in 1968 and reissued in 2015, this volume is the first to advocate that teachers understand how children learn music as a prerequisite for determining the best method for teaching them. This book discusses how children learn as they develop music literacy and provides a critical examination of the practice and interpretation of music notation.
With sections devoted to rhythm, melody, and harmony, Dr. Gordon used this volume as a foundation for his classes at the University of Iowa. He introduces the concept of teaching toward individual musical differences between students, adapting instruction, and the importance of understanding the teaching-learning process.
This book is a precursor to his seminal work Learning Sequences in Music, written before he developed the concept of audiation. Nonetheless, the ideas he presents are as relevant and thought-provoking today as they were in 1968.
Edwin E. Gordon is known throughout the world as a preeminent researcher, teacher, author, editor, and lecturer in the field of music education.