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Introduction to Gordon Music Learning Theory

Music learning theory is a means of creating sequential teaching methods to teach music. Initially developed by Dr. Edwin Gordon, music learning theory incorporates four music learning sequences; skill learning sequence, tonal learning sequence, rhythm learning sequence, and pattern learning sequence. According to Dr. Gordon, the activities associated with these learning sequences can be acquired and put into practice according to a teacher’s personal and pedagogical preference. This course will provide an introduction to those sequences along with activities for the classroom, as well as an overview of audiation and how that can be developed to create a better understanding of music for our students.

July 15 – 17
8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily
Noncredit Cost: $250
Graduate Credit Cost:Additional $500 for 1 hour of graduate credit (Paid separately to SMU)
Housing: No on-campus housing is available for this workshop. For a listing of local Dallas hotels near the SMU campus and out-of-state discounts, visit here


Kathy Draves earned a BM in Music Education from UNT and a Master of Music in Music Education from the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA). She teaches music education courses to college students at UTA and supervises clinical teachers from UTA and UNT. A retired elementary music teacher, Kathy also is the Artistic Director for Musical Memory Singers, a non-profit community organization that provides individuals who have Alzheimer's, dementia-related diseases, or other memory challenges with an opportunity to enrich their lives and create new memories through joyful singing. Kathy is an active member of the North Texas Chapter of AOSA, where she currently serves as treasure, and has held several other officer positions. She completed Orff Schulwerk certification and Kodaly Level I at SMU. In addition, Kathy completed elementary Music Learning Theory at UTA and at Michigan State University with Dr. Edwin Gordon. She has presented many workshops on the topics of elementary music and early childhood music for local school districts, TMEA, and the AOSA Professional Development Conference.

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