Music Learning Theory is a theory of music learning developed by prof. Edwin Gordon throughout years of research in the United States.
Analyzing the learning phases of musical development, Gordon explains to us that children learn music in the same way they learn a language, from the voice of an adult that sings in a loving way with them and for them.
Think about how babies and toddlers learn how to talk: we do not teach them about grammar or vocabulary but we simply talk to them, creating a dialogue that includes all the richness of our native language vocabulary and for almost a year we don’t expect them to talk, but just to listen.

In the MLT approach, we do the same for music. We sing for them and we become a musical model for natural and conscious learning.

MLT it’s a theory, not a method, that leaves space for teachers’ personal re-elaboration. It aims to develop the Audiation, a word created by Gordon to explain the process of music learning that is based not only on listening but mostly on the awareness of the body in movement surrounded by sounds.

In MLT classes, we sing and play for and with children, we improvise and create musical dialogues that are based on sounds, voice and movement. Children are free to move and explore the space whilst they are immersed by in a broad vocabulary of musical modes and meters. In this way, children can build their musical vocabulary and experiment music following their own speed and needs.


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