Dr. Jeannine Jordan, Concert Organist

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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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Questions galore

Each of my students is asked to prepare at least three questions for each of their lessons. It is a great teaching/learning tool for student and teacher. Following are several from last week.

“Where did the word “organ” come from? The word organ is derived from the Greek όργανον (organon), a generic term for an instrument or a tool, via the Latin organum, an instrument similar to a portative organ used in ancient Roman circus games.

OK. What is a portative organ?
A portative is a small pipe organ  that consists of one rank of flue pipes, sometimes arranged in two rows, to be played while strapped to the performer at a right angle. The performer manipulates the bellows with one hand and fingers the keys with the other. The portative organ lacks a reservoir to retain a supply of wind, thus it will only produce sound while the bellows are being operated. The instrument was commonly used in European secular music from the twelfth to the sixteenth centuries.Doesn’t this sound a lot like the organ we built at theOrgelkids workshop?
What is the longest organ piece ever composed?The longest music piece in the world is being performed in the city of Halberstadt in Germany: John Cage’s composition for organORGAN2/ASLSP – As SLow aS Possible – is resounding here in an extreme interpretation of 639 years, that means until the year 2640!Check it out at:https://universes.art/en/specials/john-cage-organ-project-halberstadt/
What is the most wonderful instrument you, Jeannine, have ever played?Ah…that was the gorgeous organ built by the Swiss organ firm, Goll Orgelbau, located in the Marktkirche in Hanover, Germany. Simply stunning and a joy to play!

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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.   #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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And yet more ways to practice

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

Think for yourself: Your success or failure at anything ultimately depends on your ability to solve problems, so donʼt become a robot. Thinking for yourself helps develop your powers of judgment. Sometimes you may judge wrong and pay the price; but when you judge right you reap the rewards. 

Be optimistic: How you feel about the world expresses who you are. When you are optimistic, things are either wonderful or becoming wonderful. Optimism helps you get over your mistakes and go on to do better. It also gives you endurance because having a positive attitude makes you feel that something great is always about to happen. 

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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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