Jill is a graduate from Trinity College London where she specialised in piano accompaniment. She has a Master’s degree in Psychology for Musicians from Sheffield University and attained a PhD in Music Psychology from the University of Edinburgh. Jill previously taught Keyboard Skills and Listening and Musicianship at Edinburgh University where she is a member of the Institute for Music in Human and Social Development. She has extensive experience as an educator, having taught both class music in schools and piano to individual students.
At the RCS, Jill leads the Practitioner Enquiry module on the MEd Learning and Teaching in the Performing Arts programme. She lectures on other undergraduate and postgraduate programmes and is a co-coordinater of the Introduction to Music Psychology module in the School of Music.
Jill has given many presentations at conferences and seminars nationally and internationally and her research focuses on expanding knowledge in the area of music in social relationships, the role of teaching in the performing arts and the impact of music in health and wellbeing. Current research includes exploring the benefits of songwriting among parents with children in palliative care (Coorie Doon project) and the link between performing arts students' identities and mental health on transitioning into the workplace.
She is the recipient of several awards from the University of Edinburgh Music Department, Edinburgh College of Art and the Society for Education, Music and Psychology Research plus two Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Athenaeum awards. Jill has appeared on BBC Radio Scotland discussing the use of music to promote health, wellbeing and happiness.
Morgan, J.P., MacDonald, R.A.R. & Pitts, S.E. (2015). “Caught between a scream and a hug”: Women’s perspectives on music listening and interaction with teenagers in the family unit. Psychology of Music, 43 (5), 611-626.
Morgan, J.P. (2016). ‘While the Music Lasts: on Music and Dementia.’ R. Smilde , K. Page & P. Alheit . Delft: Eburon Academic Publishers, 2014. ISBN: 978-9059728462’, British Journal of Music Education, , pp. 1–2. doi: 10.1017/S0265051716000334.