A Study of Edwin E.Gordon’s Theories about Music Learning and Teacning
|School||Fujian Normal University|
|Keywords||Edwin E. Gordon music learning theory music aptitude music audiation music learning sequence|
Edwin E. Gordon (1927—), is an influential researcher and lecturer in the field of music psychology and education in the USA. Based on "how do children learn when they learn music?" and how to address individual student needs as a result, Gordon created The Music Learning Theory, which is unique and received considerable attention in the field of music teaching. He is regularly placed alongside Orff, Kodaly, Dalcroze, and Suzuki for his contributions to the field as one of the great masters in the field of music education.His theories of music learning and teaching are created and developed during the second half of the twentieth century. In order to understand what Gordon’s theory is, why it works, and how to use it in the music classroom, the paper provides a rare peek into Gordon’s life history and personal motivation which so very much mold his professional work, and describes contemporary educational psychological theories, placing Gordon’s work in proper perspective.and then it explores the core parts of Gordon’s theories of music learning and teaching, including music aptitude, audiation, and music learning sequence, etc.The contributions of Edwin Gordon’s music learning theory to the music education profession are profound. His foundation of research and theory provides good advice for the present but suggests a research and development agenda for the future of music education. His methods of research is scientific, the music curriculum he suggested is open-ended, and the process of music teaching is sequenced and logic. The paper concludes with a reflection on Gordon’s general contributions to the music profession in China. We should invite music educators to view music psychology as an important area of study, try to development our own music theory of music teaching and learning according to the researches and theories that have been applied in the field of music education abroad, balance the teaching of appreciation of music and the understanding of music appropriately, and finally, recognize the importance of music in early childhood and enrich the childhood music learning environments.