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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ABOUT JORDAN FERRIN
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.