Gordon UK – Music research Institute

Gordon UK is a new project about the Music Learning Theory of E.E. Gordon and its research, run in collaboration with Highbury Park Music.

For the first time in London, the Gordon approach meets two teachers, Marta Noè and Tiziana Pozzo, with a big passion for music education.

The mission is to promote the Music Learning Theory in the UK and develop research about music for all ages. 

What is the Music Learning Theory of E.E. Gordon?

Music Learning Theory, developed by Dr. Edwin E. Gordon, is a research-based explanation of how we learn music, a model for music education on musical aptitude and achievement in the greater field of music learning theory. The theory is based on audiation and students’ individual musical differences. It uses the concepts of discrimination and inference learning to explain tonal, rhythmic, and harmonic patterns. 

Audiation is a term Gordon coined in 1975 to refer to comprehension and internal realization of music, or the sensation of an individual hearing or feeling sound when it is not physically present. Gordon suggests that “audiation is to music what thought is to language”. His research is based on similarities between how individuals learn a language and how they learn to make and understand music. 

Gordon’s research suggests that music aptitude is normally distributed in the general population similar to intellectual aptitude.  His research also suggests that music aptitude that a child is born with can only be maintained with repeated positive exposure to musical experiences soon after (or even before) birth, up until approximately age 9 where a child reaches “stabilized” music aptitude.