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The Gordon Music Learning Theory is an example of a sight-before-sound method. It focuses on audiation, which is not just hearing the music, but comprehending it as well. There are other methods of instruction such as Kodály, Orff-Schulwerk, and Dalcroze that also use the idea of hearing first, but which do not follow the same sequential order of learning. A survey was conducted to determine which method(s) were most familiar to elementary educators in Southwest Ohio. Results demonstrated that Kodály was the most familiar method, and the Gordon Music Learning Theory was the least familiar. Additionally, the survey asserted that the Kodály method is the most widely known and used, and that the Gordon Music Learning Theory is the least known and used. Keywords: Edwin Gordon, music learning theory, audiation, sequence, elementary music

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Research exercise: Utilization of the Gordon Music Learning Theory in Elementary Classroom Music