Welcome to the Listening Beyond Hearing music education resources website.
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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- 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
- This is the first Facebook analysis question for 2019! Go team!! If you’d like to play along at home, Like the Listening Beyond Hearing Facebook page for further questions, advice and event notification. One of my favourite songs most recently sung to me by my dear friend and piano man, Trevor Jones. Ironically, I just ... Read more
- To be used in conjunction with “Listening Beyond Hearing” Chapter VIII: Harmony Here is the forth completed video for use with the chapter on Harmony. Thank you to Timothy Mallis for your composition and to Eliza O’Connor for your work putting this video together. https://vimeo.com/330935814 Read more
- To be used in conjunction with “Listening Beyond Hearing” Chapter VIII: Harmony Here is the third completed video for use with the chapter on Harmony. Thank you to Mati Gwizdalla and Jem Sherwill for your composition and to Eliza O’Connor for your work putting this video together. https://vimeo.com/330912373 Read more