This blog is about music education, and is for music teachers and students who are interested in how we learn music and in finding ways to teach it (or learn it) more effectively. I created the blog in Spanish with the idea of helping to make known in Spanish speaking countries certain ideas on music education that up to now have been translated very little into Spanish, especially Edwin Gordon’s Music Learning Theory. I will be suggesting ways of adapting Gordon’s ideas in countries where the fixed Do system is used, which includes not only Spanish speaking countries but many others. For example, I suggest a new system of tonal syllables that can be used to develop audiation (the ability to think music) without the confusion the traditional syllables cause when used together with the fixed Do. I also discuss why this subject (developing the ability to audiate) is so important in music education. If you live in one of these countries the information in this blog may be of interest to you.
My intention is simply to share ideas that I have found give the results I have been searching for over the years. Some of them propose a radical change of habits, while others are only there to remind us about things we often forget in our day to day teaching, the most important of them being that everyone knows music (that’s the title of this blog) and we as teachers should help our students to discover what they already know, develop it and apply it, whether it be singing, playing or simply enjoying music. I will also try to pass on some of what I was enormously fortunate to learn from the great Russian pianist and pedagog Leonid Sintsev (1944-2008), who opened my eyes to what music could really be.
If you live in a country where the fixed Do is traditionally used in music teaching (that is, where the names of the notes are do, re, mi…) and are interested in Gordon’s Music Learning Theory and how to apply it with your music students or in your own musical education without having to adopt the moveable Do system (with letter names for notes) that he uses, do not hesitate to contact me. I will be happy to explain in English how I use alternative tonal syllables to develop my students’ musical ear and their comprehension and enjoyment of music.
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