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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.

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  • 2021 VCE Aural and Written Exam for Music Performance. Jenny Gillan’s sample Answers. Please let me know if you find any errors! Read more
  • Is it possible to feel more than one thing at a time? Is it possible to express more than one thing in music at the same time? Read more
  • 2020 Music Performance Exam Sample Responses completed in a timed setting on the day of the exam. Read more
  • For the time poor who are wanting to improve their music analysis skills, I’ve got you covered! These videos were born out of a desire to provide resources to Music students and a lack of time. Fortunately, this seems to have been a winning combination and there are even people wanting to know where all ... Read more
  • Lockdown 2020 and there’s not much of myself left after teaching my students and my class of Gillans at  home. Five minutes is all I’ve been able to manage to give to the outside world, but it seems to have been embraced! Here’s a list of Mini Musicianship sessions for those playing along at home. ... Read more
  • One of the best things about releasing the song I wrote for my parents – Oma and Opa’s song is seeing the versions people have done. Children, adults from young to old it’s been amazing. I’ve had a school in Queensland and a guitarist from Italy. I’ll share some of the ones I’ve found here. Sheet ... Read more
  • Well it’s been a bit of a whirlwind. I’ve written a song, it went viral in a non-corona kinda way. I found a guitarist and someone who could record it (same guy actually!) and I arranged it for piano, did a chord chart etc. This has been my last two days: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uDyANvBZAaM The wonderful thing about it ... Read more
  • I had a lot of fun making this one and dreaming up others to come! I’ve wanted to do bite size advice for music analysis and this seems to be the right vehicle for it. I always like hearing from teachers and students so if there’s a concept you’d like to suggest, feel free to email ... Read more
  • My dear, dear students. Congratulations on getting beyond this exam!! I’m not kidding when I say warming up the VCASS class before this exam is one of my favourite teaching activities. There’s just a lovely energy – plus, you’re a great group of students so being with you before this means a lot to me. ... Read more
  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RUpi_arLNjY&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR0LN-uwlu8RoPlN3NI4kFHks9noIFxCCFywj83pdYpOSDfvJDoEPpcAmD8 Question: Using only two of the following elements discuss how character is created in the following work: 1) tempo 2) blend of instrumental voices 3) tone colour 4) articulation Answer: Character: Tranquil Tone Colour The opening string quartet section begins with a unified warm, resonant tone colour due to the use of similar mid to low register, legato sustained chords. This aids the creation ... Read more

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