[Smt-talk] Aptitude testing

Gordon Sly sly at msu.edu
Mon Aug 6 05:39:28 PDT 2012

Hi Roger:

In an article in the Fall 2011 edition of Audea, the journal put out by GIML (Gordon Institute for Music Learning), three Music Learning Theory experts report the results of administering the AMMA to students at several different conservatories.

best wishes,

Dr. Gordon Sly
Music Theory
MSU College of Music
sly at msu.edu

On Aug 5, 2012, at 8:05 PM, Roger Graybill wrote:

> Dear smt-list:
> I'm curious to know whether anyone on the list is familiar with an aptitude
> test, designed by Edwin Gordon, that goes by the name "Advanced Measures of
> Music Audiation" (AMMA).  Gordon is in the field of music education, and
> over the last several decades he's developed a music learning theory that
> (among other things) trains students in audiation skills.
> Gordon contrasts musical aptitude with achievement (the former does not
> depend on notational skills)  and he believes that that students who are not
> high achievers can actually possess a high aptitude level.  The aptitude
> test that he has designed does not include any notation, and it's intended
> to work for college students as well as secondary students and older adults.
> Have any of us on the list administered AMMA to college music majors, and if
> yes, how did it work out?
> Please feel free to respond to me privately if you prefer.
> Thanks,
> Roger Graybill
> Faculty, Music Theory Department
> New England Conservatory
> roger.graybill at necmusic.edu
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