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Edwin E. Gordon Archive

Identifier: SCU-MUS-028
Approximately 196 linear feet of materials that including books and articles authored by Edwin E. Gordon, books comprising his research library, testing kits, tests, correspondence, dissertations, video cassettes, audio cassettes, and reels.


  • Majority of material found in circa 1960-2016


Language of Materials

The vast majority of the contents of this collection are in English, however a significant number of monographs and some other material types foreign language editions.


This collection is open for research. Processing for some series is ongoing. Large portions of this collection are housed off-site. Please contact the Music Archivist at least 24 hours in advance to view materials.

Copyright and Use

Content may be protected by copyright.


approx. 196 Linear Feet

Biographical Note

Dr. Edwin E. Gordon (1927-2015) is an internationally known researcher, teacher, author, editor, and lecturer in the field music education. He is most well-known for his work in music aptitude testing, the creation of music learning theory, and the concept of audiation. He earned his bachelor’s degree string bass performance (1952) and master’s degree in string bass performance and music literature (1953) from the Eastman School of Music, his master’s in education from Ohio University (1955), and his PhD from the University of Iowa (1958). A prolific public speaker, he delivered over 600 lectures on topics pertaining to music education between the years 1962 and 2013.

Upon completing his education, Gordon taught as Professor of Music and Education at the University of Iowa (1958-1972), Professor of Music and Director of Music Education at State University of New York at Buffalo (1972-1979), Professor of Music and Carl E. Seashore Professor of Research in Music Education at Temple University (1979-1994), Distinguished Professor in Residence at the University of South Carolina (1995-2000), Professor of Music at Michigan State University (2001-2003), and Research Professor at the University of South Carolina (2004-2014).

He has been recognized in his field with numerous awards, including the University of Iowa Distinguished Alumni Award (1992), The Temple University Great Teacher Award (1989), the Ohio University Distinguished Alumni Award (2004), the Music Educators National Conference (MENC) Music Educators Hall of Fame (1996), and the Early Childhood Music & Movement Association Hall of Honor (2012).

Physical Location

Music Library. 813 Assembly St #208, Columbia, SC 29208.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated to the University Libraries by Edwin E. Gordon.

Related Materials

Carol Gordon Collection of Lucas Foss Materials.


Repository Details

Part of the Music Library Repository

813 Assembly Street, Room 208
School of Music, University of South Carolina
Columbia SC 29208 USA
803-777-1426 (Fax)

In Progress
Jen Wochner. Original organization implemented by Edwin E. Gordon with the assistance of Maggie Wirth.
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