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Why host a Pro-Motion Music organ and multimedia concert experience?

Author:  David Jordan, media artist of Pro-Motion Music — creators and presenters of dramatic organ and multi-media concert experiences.  Excerpted from the November 2018 Pro-Motion Music e-newsletter.

Hosting one of our concerts can or will result in:

  • An entirely new audience, who want a different more relevant concert experience
  • Engaged captivated audiences
  • New people coming to your concerts eventually resulting in new benefactors
  • Audience members “sharing” the concert as they experience it, giving your series immediate publicity on social media

If you would like to talk about the “science” of what we do, why it works, and what it could do for your series, Email me david@promotionmusic.org

To learn more about Bach and Sons – click here

To learn more about From Sea to Shining Sea – click here

To learn more about Around the World in 80 Minutes – click here

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Dr. Jeannine Jordan, organist and David Jordan, media artist of Pro-Motion Music are the creators and presenters of the dramatic story-driven organ and multimedia concert experiences, From Sea to Shining Sea, Bach and Sons, and Around the World in 80 Minutes.  #DrJeannineJordan  #OrganAndMultimediaConcert

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Why do we want to share an organ and multimedia concert with your audience?

Author:  David Jordan, media artist of Pro-Motion Music — creators and presenters of dramatic organ and multi-media concert experiences.  Excerpted from the November 2018 Pro-Motion Music e-newsletter.

Okay, sounds reasonable. Why would we want to share one of our organ and multimedia concerts with your audience?

  • Our concerts appeal to your complete audience with “Stories to Move you – Music to Thrill you – Visuals to Captivate you”
  • The music and narration provide the story; the visuals are the path on which the story travels.
  • We speak to the auditory person with some of the most stunning music written for the organ and captivating stories
  • We allow the visually oriented person see the background images that help create the story and also see the work the organist does
  • We engage the kinesthetic participant with the rhythm of the music, the pulse and emotion of the story, and the moving animations
  • It is an enriching experience to attend one of our concerts – Bach and SonsFrom Sea to Shining Sea or Around the World in 80 Minutes___________________________________________________________________________
  • Dr. Jeannine Jordan, organist and David Jordan, media artist of Pro-Motion Music are the creators and presenters of the dramatic story-driven organ and multimedia concert experiences, From Sea to Shining Sea, Bach and Sons, and Around the World in 80 Minutes.  #DrJeannineJordan  #OrganAndMultimediaConcert
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The Science of why we use Multimedia in our Organ Concerts

Author:  David Jordan, media artist of Pro-Motion Music — creators and presenters of dramatic organ and multi-media concert experiences.

Back before civilization was recorded, I was teaching what was called speed learning. This technique was applied to the sales and communication field and was quite powerful. It was a little ahead of its time, but it really did work. That speed learning became multimedia learning was even more verification.

A few giant steps ahead in time to today, and you’ll find us applying speed learning/multimedia to our dramatic organ concerts. Audiences are enthralled with our organ concerts, and there are actual scientific reasons for that as you can read below.

What many don’t realize is that during our concerts, many applications of learning theories and technical learning devices are being employed. The nice thing is people don’t have to know that. They can simply relax and enjoy the story and the music because multiple learning processes are happening to help them get the most out of our concerts.

We want to people to experience our concerts —the music, the story, the images, the cinemagraphs in a gratifying and meaningful way. When they leave the concert, they will leave with a much better and deeper understanding of the adventure they just experienced. 

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There are people, you may be one of them, who want to know the facts about an idea. What are the facts about using something like multimedia as an integral part of an organ concert?

For those of you, or those of you who have people on your committee who want to know the answer to that question,here it is. The following information, though a little academic, should help you understand the science behind what happens “behind the curtain” during one of our organ and multimedia concert experiences.

We use multimedia in our three dramatic organ concerts because we know it works exceptionally well. It’s more than luck or the weather. Following is some of the science behind what we do.

Around the World in 80 Minutes

What is it? 

Multimedia may be defined in multiple ways, depending upon one’s perspective. Typical definitions include the following:

  • Multimedia is — the use of multiple forms of media in a presentation (Schwartz & Beichner, 1999, p. 8).
  • Multimedia is ― information in the form of graphics, audio, video, or movies. A multimedia document contains a media element other than plain text (Greenlaw & Hepp, 1999, p. 44).
  • Multimedia is — a computer program that includes text along with at least one of the following: audio or sophisticated sound, music, video, photographs, 3-D graphics, animation, or high-resolution graphics (Maddux, Johnson, & Willis, 2001, p. 253).
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    Dr. Jeannine Jordan, organist and David Jordan, media artist of Pro-Motion Music are the creators and presenters of the dramatic story-driven organ and multimedia concert experiences, From Sea to Shining Sea, Bach and Sons, and Around the World in 80 Minutes.  #DrJeannineJordan  #OrganAndMultimediaConcert

What does the path to organ lessons look like?

Question asked by a precocious six-year-old of her mother: “What does the path to organ lessons look like?”
Answer: “Let’s ask Jeannine and find out.”

The rest is history as they say.  That six-year-old is now eight going on nine and is becoming an organist.  She has been my student for the past two years and is developing her skills as an organist through practice and by watching and listening.  This little girl quickly became interested in not only playing the organ but assisting me in worship.  In fact, the first service where she robed and assumed the Assistant to the Organist role was the Easter Vigil service of 2017.  Now that, folks, is not only a complicated and busy service for an organist but is also rather long.  It could have been daunting, but it was a great experience for both of us.

She has continued to assist me and has also started playing in the service as well.  And what a joy it is!  As the months progress, you’ll continue to hear her music as part of the prelude, communion music, or as the postlude.

A second child of 13-years of age told her mother it was a shame that their church had gotten rid of their organ.  She asked her mother if she could learn to play the organ, so their church could once again sing the great hymns with the organ.  That child has also become one of my students.  She lives across the backfield from our church so is part of our church neighborhood.  Thanks to the generosity of our church, St. Bede of Forest Grove, Oregon, she is able to practice at our church while she works to become an organist for her church, the Romanian Baptist Church of Beaverton, Oregon.

In the coming months, you’ll be able to meet this teenager and other members of her family as she will be a second Assistant to the Organist.  She will assist for the first time on October 14th and play the postlude that Sunday as well.

How exciting it is to help a child realize a dream.  How exciting it is to not only have the opportunity to enrich my life by teaching these extremely talented girls, but also to have the opportunity to mentor new organists for our church from within our community and neighborhood.

SOLI DEO GLORIA
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Interested in organ lessons for yourself, your child, or your grandchild?  Dr. Jeannine Jordan loves to teach and has studios in Lincoln City, Hillsboro, and Forest Grove, Oregon.  You may reach her at jeannine@promotionmusic.org.  Fulfill a dream…start organ lessons today.

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