Dr. Jeannine Jordan, Concert Organist

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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

Hymn-based organ repertoire

Excerpted from the Jordan Organ Studio October 2018 Newsletter.

Most all of us are currently playing some sort of hymn-based repertoire either for use in a church service, for the upcoming recital, or simply for pleasure.

Question: Do you know when the hymntune your piece is based on was originally composed? Do you know the text of the hymn? Have you discovered something interesting about the composer of your piece? Hmmm…a little research makes music come alive. I simply love learning something new about repertoire — and each of you certainly helps me do that on a weekly basis!

My new lesson week began yesterday afternoon with three inspirational lessons following our worship service. All three were filled with hymn based repertoire. My eight-year-old’s lesson (following a service where she played three hymn variations for the prelude) included new hymn based repertoire in addition to her favorite trumpet tunes; my newest student – a talented 13-year-old with the goal to become a church organist, added two more hymns to her “completed hymn list” and prepared a Bach Prelude for an upcoming church service; and Walter and I played hymns from the 1920 Protestant Episcopal hymnal and Bach’s Orgelbuchlein for two lovely hours. Just like the lessons earlier in the week, hymnody played a huge role in each of their lessons.

I simply love the fact that in any given week, with you my wonderful students, I have the opportunity to explore hymns from a myriad of denominations, to learn new hymns (I think Walter got the award for adding the most hymns to my hymn knowledge base this week — who knew the Episcopalians of 1920 had so many different hymns), to see favorite tunes with different texts, to hear creative settings of these amazing pieces, and to simply hear some of my favorite pieces of music.

It’s a really great life being your teacher! I am so blessed!
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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.

The Tie That Binds

Question: What is the tie that binds all of us (the cohort of the Jordan Organ Studio) together?

Answer: As I do weekly, Friday morning I was reviewing my notes and thoughts from the lessons I had taught in the past week, when it occurred to me that most all of the lessons have a common thread running through them. That thread is hymnody.

Some of us, by the nature of our church positions, practice and work on hymns to be sung weekly by our congregations. Those Sundays just keep coming around with hymns galore! For all of us who are church musicians, hymns are and should be a part of every practice session and lesson. We need to remember that the hymns are THE MOST IMPORTANT pieces of music we will play for our congregations!

Question: How is your hymn playing? Does your congregation sing well? Are you an excellent leader? Is your playing precise and of good tempo? Are you creative with your introductions? Do you use alternative harmonizations to suit the text or ethnicity of the hymntune? Hmmm….so many questions to ponder.
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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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