Home

Welcome to the Listening Beyond Hearing music education resources website.

Jenny Gillan - Music Educator

We are surrounded everyday by music—it is all pervasive. It is piped into our ears while shopping, it encourages us to buy through advertising – it is the soundtrack to films, computer games and even our lives, now it is so portable. If you ask anyone about a significant event in their lives, often it will be attached to some special music. Music has the power to move us to tears, to sing in a stadium of thousands, to dance, to be still.

Given the prevalence of music in our everyday lives, an understanding of its effect and WHY it can make us feel a certain way is a vital skill. To all who wish to comprehend this powerful medium, I have produced these resources. May it open your ears to the wonder and creativity that is music – and may it supply you with the skills to understand its power.

For further information about booking Jenny Gillan for presenting on a range of topics,
please visit the Booking Request page.

Latest Articles & Posts

  • To be used in conjunction with “Listening Beyond Hearing“ Chapter VIII: Harmony. Here is the second completed video for use with the chapter on Harmony. Thank you to Tim Mallis for your composition and to Eliza O’Connor for your work putting this video together. Read more
  • To be used in conjunction with “Listening Beyond Hearing“ Chapter VIII: Harmony.  Page 157 – 160. It has long been my wish to have these videos up online so that the audio and visual element can be used together while exploring the world of harmony covered in chapter eight. Thank you to ex students Mati Gwizdalla for your ... Read more
  • Listening Beyond Hearing is a big book! I can understand that some teachers may be struggling to find the time to work through everything in the limited time available and that there is a need to priorities. With that in mind, the following is a suggested schedule for a class studying VCE Music that will ... Read more
  • Question 2   Work: ‘Dawn Mantras’ by Ross Edwards Performers: Sydney Children’s Choir, Cantillation, Lyn Williams (Conductor) Album: Eternity: The Timeless Music of Australia’s Composers ABC Classics, 2004) Excerpt length: 1’46” (10 Marks) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ECP5AydSmnc Describe the ways in which tone colour is used to achieve expressive outcomes.  Character – Low, resonant, rumbling male voices enter with complementary tone colours to the reverberant, rumbling tone colour of the ... Read more
  • Question 1  Work: ‘Them Wolves’ by Nigel Westlake Performers: Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Album: Babe: Orchestral Soundtrack (DewABC Classics, 2015) Excerpt length: 1’38” (8 marks) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RirT53cA0lM Discuss how the performers use dynamics and blend of instrumental voices to achieve expressive outcomes. The initial expressive outcome of tranquility is created through a unified blend of instrumental voices. Instruments play with warm, resonant tone colours. Particularly lower brass and ... Read more
  • Interpretation A Work: ‘Billie Jean’ Performer: Michael Jackson Album: Thriller (MJJ Productions INC., 1982 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kr4EQDVETuA   Timing: 1 minutes 52 seconds Interpretation B Work: ‘Billie Jean’ Performer: Chris Cornell Album: Carry On (Interscope Records, 2007) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0xW25VB1Mpw Timing: 1 minutes 46 seconds     Compare the ways in which the two interpretations create different expressive outcomes through three of the following: tempo balance of music lines tone colour articulation *Note the question asks for only three.  I have provided responses for all ... Read more
  • Thank you for your analysis response, anonymous, and permission to publish it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IGMabBGydC0 Question: How does articulation and tone colour create character in the following work? Listen to the first 1 min 30 seconds Character: joyful Jenn Gillan: Great having the character stated clearly at the start. the pizzicatto guitar (or banjo) in the upper register acts as a melodic accompaniment ... Read more
  • Thank you for your analysis response, anonymous, and permission to publish it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IGMabBGydC0 Question: How does articulation and tone colour create character in the following work?  Listen to the first 1 min 30 seconds The character of this work is driven and upbeat with aspects of articulation and tone colour that create this are:   Jenn Gillan: Consider more sophisticated character ... Read more
  • After talking with Anna van Veldhuisen, and her commenting that her students were freaking out over the amount I write in my analysis, I decided it might be time to demonstrate how my mind works while I analyse music. So I’ve picked a piece and without preparation have analysed it for you, live to Video. Excuse ... Read more
  • Earth is Sleeping Rhythm Naming Game   Thank you again to my students at the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School for their enthusiastic participation. Especially to the students from Orientation Week who came in especially. Also to colleagues Melinda Sawers and Sue Lyons and alumni Jem Sherwill and Leighton Triplow for lending their expertise.  None of ... Read more

More Articles & Posts