Aural Learning and Audiation in Jazz w/ Jordan Ferrin

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How does the mind represent and retain musical knowledge? What might that knowledge look like, and more importantly, why is that knowledge meaningful? The concept of audiation, the way in which we give syntactic meaning to the music we engage, is proposed to offer an answer for not only how we engage with music, but how we learn music too.

Audiation is the main goal in Edwin Gordon’s Music Learning Theory. Drawing from Gordon’s explanations of audiation and its parallels to literature in neuroscience, music cognition, and psychology, Jordan Ferrin presents a model of the audiation process and how it explains musical processing. Furthermore, suggestions for how the model can support learning and pedagogy in jazz education will be offered given Ferrin’s observations from his work with a secondary-school in the UK.



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Jordan Ferrin is a freelance woodwind player, composer, educator, and researcher based in Southern California. He has performed with the likes of Grammy-nominated guitarist Will Brahm, pianist Josh Nelson, Dave Richards (Tower of Power), Grammy-nominated vocalist Josie James, the Marlonius Jazz Orchestra, and leads The Jordan Ferrin Storyband, which combines live storytelling with modern jazz. Jordan’s research centers around music cognition and music meaning in education and society at large.

charlotte lang

Swiss/Dutch saxophonist Charlotte Lang was born in 1996 in Basel and studied the bachelor and master program at the JAZZCAMPUS Basel under the guidance of Domenic Landolf and Daniel Blanc. She is currently studying the Master of Music in Global Jazz at the Berklee College of Music in Boston under the artistic direction of Danilo Pérez. In addition she is part of Terri Lyne Carrington’s Berklee Institute of Jazz and Gender Justice.


From 2015 to 2018, Charlotte she was a member of the Swiss National Youth Jazz Orchestra under the direction of Christian Muthspiel. Since 2020, she became a member of the German National Youth Jazz Orchestra (Bundesjazzorchester Deutschland), under the direction of Niels Klein and Ansgar Striepens. She also plays is the Austrian FJO (Frauen Jazz Orchester→Women Jazz Orchestra of Austria).


In 2021, Charlotte founded her own Quintet the „Charlotte Lang Group“, for what she is composing, arranging and booking. In the fall 2023, her first album will be recorded and hopefully released by a renowned label.


Charlotte plays in the “Swiss Jazz Orchestra” and the “Zurich Jazz Orchestra”, the two professional Big Bands of Switzerland.

Charlotte recently got the unique opportunity to write a monthly blog for the Swiss Jazz & Blues Magazine called JAZZTIME, to tell readers about her time at abroad and specifically her time at Berklee. Her graduate program lasts only until the summer of 2023. She hopes to stay in the United States to enlarge her network and build her musical career.