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Improvise, improvise, improvise!

August 2, 2009

“My best recommendation to music teachers of the next century is to improvise, improvise, improvise! Get rid of the notation. Learn from music learning theory to teach children to make music without the aid of notation or music theory. Follow religiously the process of the way we learn language. That would be the most important thing they could do for themselves and for their children.”

Dr. Gordon

From interview: http://www.comechildrensing.com/pdf/other_articles_by_MEP/2_A_Conversation_with_Edwin_Gordon.pdf

Teachers, do we believe this to be true? Is Dr. Gordon saying anything that is new? He’s been around long enough now, that we should be somewhat familiar with his sequence and its hierarchy. Listen first, babble like a baby, and that involves creativity too, then apply the labels, synthesize and then notate. Our standards focus on creating, performing and responding.  We also know that when our students create, they are using the higher order thinking skills that enable success in so many areas. Go to the full interview for more info.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Anna permalink
    April 19, 2011 10:26 pm

    Hi Linda With young children I believe we must sing sing sing, and yes do lots of improvisation and have spontaneous singing conversations, improvisation etc… with older children I want to do both, but I want them to develop an ability to read and write what they hear and sing too…. just as they do with their mother tongue. It is not the first step in the education process but I can’t imagine why you would leave it out… so what’s the larger context of the comment?

  2. April 20, 2011 10:46 am

    Anna- Try this link: http://www.comechildrensing.com/pdf/other_articles_by_MEP/2_A_Conversation_with_Edwin_Gordon.pdf When we post someone else’s internet content, it is not good practice to cut and paste all of it into your own blog- that’s stealing. I’m sure you can understand, I did not have permission to post the whole thing, because it is not my content.

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