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I can write music- HSC Music 1 & 2

By Joanne Burrows

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Finding your musical voice

This is a resource book for the student, the classroom teacher and the private studio teacher with suggestions to inspire creativity and music composition. I believe everyone is capable of writing music. Nick Cave when describing his song writing process stated, “The big problem with song-writing for me is starting a new song. It's the thing where all the anguish exists, not in the writing of the song, but the starting of the new song.” 

A range of exercises is included so that students can explore the possibilities of sound in terms of: pitch, duration, texture, register, tone colour, and expressive techniques. 

For ease of use 
•   Most examples and exercises are in simple keys and all exercises can be transposed to suitable keys
•   Examples in treble and bass clefs are included, this will enable all students to read and connect with the information presented
•   The words triad and chord are used interchangeably to describe three or more notes played together. 

Compiled 2018


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ISMN 9790720209135

Invisible Tutor Book, The

By Joanne Burrows

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Creating an aural and kinetic vocabulary

The Invisible Tutor Book allows the teacher to put together a tutor book and or supplementary materials to help the student learn. Its aims are to:

  • Build kinaesthetic vocabulary
  • Build an auditory vocabulary

The Invisible Tutor Book

  • Lays a secure foundation for the student’s reading skills
  • Provides a vocabulary for improvisation and composition
  • Encourages and improves aural and technical skills
  • Provides a kinetic vocabulary of basic finger patterns

Composed 2019

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ISMN 9790720214863

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Ms Jo's Sol Fa - Book 1

By Joanne Burrows

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60 exercises of auditory skills for all musicians.  The ability to internalise sound and hear music "in your head" can be developed. The first step in achieving this is for the student to sing, to hum or vocalise and develop in confidence with this aspect of music making. Sol Fa, the movable Doh system used by Kodaly is one way which can be used to develop this skill.  
Composed 2012

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ISMN 9790720133492
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Ms Jo's Sol Fa - Book 2

By Joanne Burrows

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48 more advanced exercises of auditory skills for all musicians.  The ability to internalise sound and hear music "in your head" can be developed. The first step in achieving this is for the student to sing, to hum or vocalise and develop in confidence with this aspect of music making. Sol Fa, the movable Doh system used by Kodaly is one way which can be used to develop this skill.  

Composed 2012

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ISMN 9790720140438

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Ms Jo's Sol Fa - Book 3

By Joanne Burrows

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38 advanced exercises of auditory skills for all musicians.  A sequenced set of short melodic ideas for developing sight singing and sight reading skills. Includes exercises and drills for interval recognition and pattern recognition. Intermediate to advanced students, singers and instrumentalist will benefit from completion of exercises in this book. 
Composed 2017

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ISMN 9790900979582
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Rhythm Rocks

By Joanne Burrows

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A collection of 30 rhythmic drills for students to clap, tap, read and count.  Designed and sequenced to develop and improve recognition and reading of rhythmic patterns.  

The second in a four part series of similar books - Clap and Count,  Death by Rhythm, Rhythm Rocks and Extreme Rhythm.  Compiled 2012

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 ISMN9790720126968

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Secrets of HSC Aural Skills - Music 1

By Joanne Burrows

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The concepts of music and writing answers for HSC Music 1 Aural

A book for HSC Music 1 Aural students revising the concepts of music.

This is a summary of the common core concepts of music, there may be additional points and information related to each musical concept. This book does not include absolutely everything. It does include the main information students need to learn.
Suggestions for study to help students find ways to develop their aural and writing skills.

Examples of answers intended for discussion to give students some ideas about how to set out their answers.
Compiled 2018

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ISBN 9781876829520

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Too Cool

By Joanne Burrows

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QUICK REFERENCE BOOK for all students

The Too Cool book was assembled by the author as a ‘go to’ or cheat book for students to quickly find answers bout the theory of music.  Useful reminders for all students and teachers:
•    Explanation 
•    Solution 
•    Definition 
•    Reminder

The book is not an instruction book, nor an exam preparation book. It is a book of helpful ‘tricks’, and ways of explaining, and understanding the theoretical concepts that underpin musical practice. A number of concepts are presented in a variety of ways to accommodate each student’s learning style.
Composed 2017

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ISMN 9790900979933

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Writing and Composing Music - HSC Music 1 & 2

By Joanne Burrows

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A time line of musical thoughts

This is a resource book illustrating the various compositi onal devices and features and explores the tropes common to major eras of music from  the Western Tonal Tradition. Baroque music, Music of the 18th century ( classical music), music of the 19th century (romantic music), 20th and 21st century music.

The aim of this book is to help students understand, recognise and utilise, in their own writing, the concepts of music, devices of composition and forms unique to the different musical eras. The book is relevant to music 1, music 2 and extension music students and provides starting points from which students can expand their musical vocabulary.
Compiled 2018

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ISMN 9790720209142