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Music’s Expanding Boundaries

Andrea Apostoli is Presidente AIGAM (Associazione Italiana Gordon per l'Apprendimento Musicale).
In this capacity, he trains and certifies dozens of Italian teachers each year in early childhood methodologies using Gordon Music Learning Theory concepts. His classes range from teacher preparation coursework, to classes for expectant parents and their preborn children, to regular parented music/movement classes, to professional concerts for parents and their preschool children. Andrea travels to the United States periodically to renew friendships with many of his Gordon Institute of Music Learning (GIML) friends.


The views and opinions expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily promote official policy of ECMMA.

Be the Music


Some days ago, a group of students who frequented a course I taught for Roma 3 University, started a discussion about “The Gordon Method” on the online forum on the university web site. Someone had written that he had the opportunity to take his children to an early childhood music course based on Music Learning Theory.
He could noticed many good results but also a “defect”.
From his post: “After 3 years I can say with absolute certainty that the method is really effective in letting the


Music Syntax vs. Music Theory

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A few days ago the father of one of my very young early childhood course “students” came to me saying: “Excuse me I would like to ask you for some information, but sorry, I don’t know music and it could sound stupid.” Then he continued: “I play saxophone in a blues group and in a traditional Klezmer music group but I did not study at the Conservatory”.

I answered: “From what you are saying, you don’t know the theoretical description of the music but you know the music!”

I told him what


What Big Ears I Have

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Dear Blog friends,
I'm glad to share with you a brief video of "What big ears I have", concert for children 0 - 2 years old with their parents.

Just few words, to share with you about my project.

I started to give these concerts in collaboration with the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in 2004. Especially in the last years many Orchestras in Europa and US also offer concerts for families and very young children.

What I notice - with sorrow - is that often or, I should say,


Listening… A Tremendously Important Invisible Activity


“Did you like?”
“Look, the violinist is playing!”
“Ohhh listen to the flute!”

I listen to this sentences and many other when I conduct the Concerts for infants and toddlers in the Rome Auditorium and abroad.

The day before the concert I meet the parents for a conference and I say to them more or less: “This concert is FOR your children. We do not fear their spontaneous sounds, babbling and movements while we’re playing. It is instead very important that you, parents, never speak


Repetition and Variety


Dear ECMMA friends,

This is the last post about the principles of Dr. Gordon making the case for an excellent repertoire of music for children to listen to in order to develop their music aptitudes.
I choose to write about the last two - repetition and variety - together, just because they could sound one the opposite of the other.
I truly believe that educators and parents should just observe the children to understand what they need to grow and develop their aptitudes and competences.Read More...



Continuing about the principles Dr. Gordon stated for a good repertoire of music to listen to and to sing to children I will talk today about “complexity.” When during a workshop I talk about complexity I often perceive skepticism from the students I am teaching. They instinctively think that children should deal with simplicity.

This is a big mistake that consists in the underestimation of the huge absorption and learning possibilities of a child in her early years. The fact is that adults




I decided to present my first post discussing one of the five principles Dr. Edwin E. Gordon stated to ensure a good listening experience for young children in order to develop their audiation. It was not by chance that I started with “silence.” I personally consider it one of the most important. The other ones are ‘brevity’, ‘variety’, ‘complexity’ and ‘repetition’, and I would like to dedicate a post to each one.

Some people like to say that the young children have a short attention span




Dear ECMMA members,
I said an enthusiastic "yes!" when I was asked to start a blog on the ECMMA website and I have to say that I am really honored.

First of all because I have really a strong estimation of your Association. Second, (could sound strange), this is the first blog I have in my life and it is not in my language because I am Italian and I write from Italy.

Please forgive me for my written English.
I hope to be able to give interesting inputs in a language that is not mine




Silence is something that no longer exists for many children and adults in our society.

When even the last song plays on the radio, or the television is no longer on, or cell phone ringtone would be not present, we still wouldn’t have real silence.
That “invisible” (excuse me for the pun) sound that comes out from the air conditioning engines or ventilators or refrigerators is always there... Always.
I think that we could compare the effect that background sound makes to music listening,

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