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Blog posts : "music learning theory"

Book Review: Jump Right In: Instrumental/Recorder Series

June 10, 2013

by David Birrow Birrow.David@MacPhail.org

I often evaluate my teaching in terms of what was missing from my own education.  My biggest struggle as a beginning percussionist was reading music with meaning. While I was able to play a tune in band or a snare drum etude, there wasn't a sense of what i…

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Book Review: The Ways Children Learn Music by Eric Bluestine

June 3, 2013

by David Birrow Birrow.David@MacPhail.org

I've previously made mention of Music Learning Theory; a theory of how humans learn when we learn music.This has included a brief overview of Edwin Gordon's Learning Sequences in Music and Jump Right In Grade 4. Simply put, Music Learning Theory helps ad…

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Book Review: Learning Sequences in Music

April 29, 2013

by David Birrow Birrow.David@MacPhail.org

Learning Sequences in Music by Edwin E. Gordon is a great summer reading book.  Not a "sit on the beach and feverishly turn pages" book or the new Grisham, but more like "I finally have time to seriously devote to this huge book."  Gordon is a music ed res…

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