Dr. Jeannine Jordan, Concert Organist

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How will you structure your practice time?

Will you build your technical skills?

Could your pedal skills use improvement? The Organist’s Manual by Roger E. Davis has excellent pedal exercises.

Do you need improve your understanding of the way the organ works? Bring the organ manual to your lesson and ask questions.

Could you enhance your organ registration knowledge and creativity? The Organist’s Manual by Roger E. Davis is an excellent resource as is the organ manual. Then listen and try new sounds! Add at least one organ registration question to your list of lesson questions!

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Dr. Jeannine Jordan, organist, has a large organ studio with students of all ages and skill levels.  With her husband, David Jordan, media artist of Pro-Motion Music , they 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.  Subscribe to our free monthly e-newsletter for more intriguing and engaging articles – click here 

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Ideas to contemplate

Ideas to contemplate as you work to realize your dreams, fulfill your goals, and create beautiful music:

  1. Learn to play simple things brilliantly. Fundamentals are the key to everything. Playing a simpler piece in an elegant fashion is better than playing a difficult piece poorly.
  2. Be consistent in your practice. Your work each day creates your future success.
  3. Work on effortlessness. Your playing should look effortless, feel effortless, and sound effortless. (See number 1)
  4. Learn to move gracefully and artistically from one note to another. Make your articulation a thing of beauty.
  5. Use technology. The metronome and recorder should become your friends.
  6. Ask yourself — What did I do well? What could I have done differently? What are my next steps to a better performance?
  7. Listen to excellent musicians making superb music.
  8. Be a great colleague. Take time to share thoughts and ideas with your fellow students.
  9. Enjoy your music!

Dr. Jeannine Jordan, organist, has a large organ studio with students of all ages and skill levels.  With her husband, David Jordan, media artist of Pro-Motion Music , they 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.  Subscribe to our free monthly e-newsletter for more intriguing and engaging articles – click here #DrJeannineJordan  #OrganAndMultimediaConcert

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Why We Need to Practice

Interesting fact: In a liturgical worship service with communion, how
many notes, on average, do you think are played by the organist?
A. 999
B. 7, 045
C.. 11,023
If you guessed, 11,023 — you are the winner! WOW!
Some organist actually counted all those notes!
Those are a lot of notes to play at the right time, in the right tempo, on a
pleasing registration to lead our congregations in worship.
Some of you are playing for those complicated liturgical services, some of you are playing three hymns and a prelude and postlude, some are
playing a different type service each week. No matter how many notes
you are playing in a service, your congregation is blessed by your
practice! Blessed because you have taken your calling as a church
organist seriously enough to lead hymn singing effectively and
confidently, blessed by the care in which you chose and presented your
prelude and postludes, blessed by your meditative music during
communion. They are blessed because your music enhances and does not detract from their worship. Thank you, church organists, for your
dedication to your craft.
And, what if you are not a church organist, but are exploring music to
play for a recital, to record for posterity, or to play for a family member
or friend, how many notes are you playing?
A. 1.024
B. 6,397
C. 15,978
D. More?
Your practice is equally as important. With each practice session you are building skills, building confidence, working toward your goal.You are
blessing yourself and others with your music.Happy practicing!

Dr. Jeannine Jordan, organist, has a large organ studio with students of all ages and skill levels.  With her husband, David Jordan, media artist of Pro-Motion Music , they 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.  Subscribe to our free monthly e-newsletter for more intriguing and engaging articles – click here #DrJeannineJordan  #OrganAndMultimediaConcert

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Look for connections

Excerpted from Wynton’s 12 Ways to Practice, from Music to Schoolwork

Look for connections: No matter what you practice, youʼll find that practicing itself relates to everything else. It takes practice to learn a language, cook good meals or get along well with people. If you develop the discipline it takes to become good at something, that discipline will help you in whatever else you do. Itʼs important to understand that kind of connection. The more you discover the relationships between things that at first seem different, the larger your world becomes. In other words, the woodshed can open up a whole world of possibilities.  

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Dr. Jeannine Jordan, organist, has a large and active organ studio with students of all ages. She and her husband, 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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