Music Learning Theory, AC

Gordon's books on a shelf.

Our advanced certificate program in music learning theory is grounded in theory, research and practice. This certification is designed for you if you are interested in the advanced study of Gordon's Music Learning Theory and its practical applications. Your program peers may include international and national, college and university professionals, as well as P-12 personnel.

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Why Music Learning Theory at UB?

The features of our program include:

  • basis for planning pre-service, in-service, professional development; and, school music curricula; design, implementation, evaluation and sustainability
  • extensive body of research by Edwin E. Gordon, as well as practical field-testing by Gordon and others
  • learning a comprehensive sequence for teaching musicianship through audiation
  • preparing specialists at every level of music learning theory, as well as its practical applications

To be eligible for this program, it is expected that you have knowledge of the basics of Music Learning Theory and experience with its practical application.

Program Overview

Academic credential granted Advanced Certificate (AC)
Credits required for completion 15
Time to completion 2 full-time semesters
Course delivery Online
  • Music teacher
  • Education professional
Application deadline

Priority Deadlines

Fall: Feb. 1, then rolling

Spring: Nov. 1, then rolling

Program Coursework

Required Courses (6 Credits)

  • LAI 568 Historical Development of Music Learning Theory
  • LAI 569B Research Seminar in Music Learning Theory

Elective Courses (9 Credits) (Choose Three)

  • LAI 554 Measuring Music Achievement Through the Lens of Music Learning Theory
  • LAI 564 Advanced Studies in Music Learning Theory
  • LAI 566 Design and Evaluation of an MLT-based Unified Curriculum
  • LAI ### The Nature and Source of Music Aptitudes

Application Requirements

Submit your completed online application, which includes:

  • Application fee: A $50 non-refundable application fee, submitted electronically through UB's ePayment system.
  • Unofficial transcripts from all colleges attended. (UB transcripts are automatically submitted for current UB students and alumni.)
  • Statement of education and career goals

Former/Maiden Name: Please provide us with your former/maiden name if you have one. When requesting transcripts, please ask the sending institution to indicate your current name and former/maiden name.

International Applicant Additional Requirements
  • Official original proof of your degree
  • A copy of your passport biographical page
  • Official test scores for either the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) or PTE (Pearson Test of English) Academic. Test scores must be dated within two years of submitting your application.
    • TOEFL minimum score is a 250 for a computer based test, 600 for a paper based test and 96 for the Internet based test 
    • IELTS minimum score is 7.0 overall
    • PTE minimum score is 55 overall
  • Financial documentation — International graduate applicants must document their ability to pay for all costs incurred while studying in the U.S.
  • An official bank statement

All financial forms and supporting documentation with required signatures must be uploaded with your application, and must be dated within one year of your intended enrollment date.

Are you in China and unable to take the IELTS, PTE or TOEFL?

If you currently in China and unable to take the IELTS, PTE or TOEFL tests because they are cancelled due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the University at Buffalo will accept the Duolingo English Test (DET) for proof of English proficiency. This test can be taken online, in your own home. More information can be found on the Graduate School’s website.

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University Computing Standards

You are required to have daily access to a reliable broadband connection and a computer that meets university computing standards. You are also expected to have basic computer competency before beginning your coursework.