About Edwin E. Gordon
Dr. Edwin E. Gordon (1927-2015) is an internationally known researcher, teacher, author, editor, and lecturer in the field of music education, with a focus on early childhood music education. He is most well-known for his work in music aptitude testing, the creation of music learning theory, and the concept of audiation.
After obtaining bachelor's and master's degrees in string bass performance and a master's and doctorate in music education, Dr. Gordon went on to professorships at the University of Iowa (1958-1972), State University of New York at Buffalo (1972-1979), Temple University (1979-1994), Michigan State University (2001-2003), and the University of South Carolina (1995-2000 and 2004-2014). During this time he was published at least 150 times, producing over 90 articles, 53 books, and 9 tests with testing manuals.
He has been recognized in his field with numerous awards and was a prolific public speaker, delivering over 600 lectures on topics pertaining to music education between 1962 and 2013. In addition to his activities as a music educator and professor, he was also a jazz performer (at one time playing with Gene Krupa's band) and a visual artist.
About the Edwin E. Gordon Archive
The Gordon Archive is a collection of published and unpublished items related to the research of Dr. Edwin E. Gordon. In addition to including copies of his own publications and manuscripts and testing kits, the Archive also includes his research library, a large collection of works by other authors primarily on the subject of music education, but also on related topics like psychology, music performance, and general education.
Additionally, the collection includes contributions by authors who were influenced by his work, his co-authors, and documents pertaining to the history of the Gordon Institute for Music Learning (GIML). Smaller groupings of documents and items related to his pursuits in string bass performance and pedagogy and the visual arts are included in this collection as well.