Audiation is a term devised by the late Edwin Gordon to refer to the process of thinking in music. Gordon describes audiation as the foundation of musicianship. The website of the Gordon Institute for Music Learning is an authentic source for understanding audiation.
Singing in the Lower Secondary school describes a disconnection between singing and audiation that ought not to exist. The term “just singing” is used in the book to describe the all too numerous occasions when singing takes place with no clearly defined purpose arising from musical learning objectives.
There is also an important relationship between the extent to which singing is part of a pedagogical strategy for learning music or merely an activity undertaken for light relief. (p16)
I am delighted to be able to announce that since publication, the Voices Foundation have introduced a new 5-day methodology course Essential Musicianship for Teachers. The approach is based on a clear articulation of the relationship between listening, thinking and singing which is the essence of what I call “vocal work” in the book, Read vocal work extract.
I have been working with the Voices Foundation on a new secondary school course they have been developing for the Creative Education Trust academy chain. I hope to be able to publish an evaluation before too long.
I made the film of a Y6 class below several years ago when Edge Hill University was working in partnership with the Voices Foundation and awarding M level credit for the five day course.