2020 TMTA Teacher Enrichment Grant

The Texas Music Teachers Association awarded me the Teacher Enrichment Grant to further my study of Music Learning Theory applied to Piano at the advanced level professional development course to be held by the Gordon Institute for Music Learning in Quincy, MA, in August 2020. Naturally the course was canceled because of the pandemic, but TMTA said I could keep the funds for when GIML offers the course again in the future. Thanks, TMTA!

An Open Letter To Dr. Gordon

Edwin E. Gordon, primary author of Music Learning Theory

Edwin E. Gordon, primary author of Music Learning Theory

Dr. Gordon and associates’ research on how children learn music addresses many of my questions on how music communicates and is meaningful to us and how I can help myself and others to gain fluency in music as if it were a language. The research gets into the nuts and bolts of music learning processes. Nevertheless, my questions that it answers are fundamental life questions because I learn how to live life more fully through the interactions with the other that music provides. Art is life, and life is art, as Bakhtin would agree. I am so grateful to Dr. Gordon!

–Carla J. Seibert

The Ways Children Learn Music

Dear Dr. Gordon,

You know, of course, that your many students all over the world are thinking of you, and we trust that you are receiving the best of care. But perhaps we haven’t told you often enough how greatly your work and your thinking have guided our teaching.

Because of you, we teach with direction, purpose, and logic.

Because of you, we design and revise tests and rating scales with confidence.

Because of you, we guide our students through the stages of music babble, rather than plunge them into formal instruction before they are ready.

Because of you, we joyfully encourage our students to create and improvise (even as the students themselves have no idea that we diligently prepared them for such tasks.)

Because of you, we know what to say to parents who ask why we do what we do.

You have been the guiding force in our…

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Encerrando o recesso de inverno

Ainda estou nos EUA, mas hoje terminei meus cursos de Teoria da Aprendizagem Musical aplicada à música nos primeiros 6 anos de vida e ao estudo de piano, e estou preparando as aulas da semana que vem. Chego em Belo Horizonte no dia 20/07. Estou muito animada com o aprofundamento da minha compreensão da teoria e das técnicas para aplicá-la, e para ajudar meus alunos a atingirem seus objetivos musicais. Continue reading