BUFFALO, N.Y. – Over the summer, more than 50 music
educators from across the world traveled to the University at
Buffalo to learn how to teach the language of music.
Their first students: a curious – and adorable –
group of toddlers in UB’s Early Childhood Research
Tomorrow (July 31) at 10:30 a.m., 23 instructors will guide
their potential prodigies through a series of songs without words
and fluid movements to cap off their summer course. The class will
be held in 15 Baldy Hall on the North Campus.
Media are invited to attend.
The activities foster the children’s tonal and rhythm
skills, as well as improve their understanding of flow, weight,
space and time.
The teachers, who come from schools as close as Rochester and as
far as New Zealand, are a part of the 2014 class of the Summer
Music Education Institute held through the UB Graduate School of
Through the program, they improved their musicianship and
learned principles of music learning theory, a concept developed at
UB in 1976 by former professor Edwin Gordon that explains how
people understand music.
“UB is considered the birthplace of music learning theory,
and we are proud to continue a rich tradition of providing
practical courses to help teachers shape their student’s
musical education,” says Elisabeth Etopio, summer coordinator
and clinical assistant professor in the Department of Learning and
The institute, created in 1998, partners with the Gordon
Institute of Music Learning to welcome a community of learners to
participate in four courses: Elementary General Music, Instrumental
Music, Piano and Early Childhood Music.
Courses focus on improving the teachers’ musicianship,
developing audiation – the musical form of imagination
— and refining performance skill and educational content
knowledge for classroom activities.
For more information about the Summer Music Education Institute,