This spring, instead of the usual student recital with each student playing their favorite repertoire for friends and family, we planned a Jordan Organ Studio Music Sharing Afternoon with the addition of 21st century technology. So how did we incorporate this technology in our musical afternoon?
1. By using a MIDI sound module. Students incorporated MIDI sounds in their organ registration, posing new sound possibilities for well-known organ repertoire and presenting contemporary repertoire in a 21st century sound dimension.
2. By using a MIDI sequencer. One student presented a sequencing demonstration using Walther’s setting of “Wachet Auf” as a model for innovative practice techniques. Another student who knew she could not attend the recital, recorded her piece and through the use of the sequencer it was played for the audience with all registration changes and expressive nuances.
4. By using a computer, wireless web access, a projector, and a screen. We discovered music websites and had real time instruction on how to navigate these sites. Several students brought laptop computers to follow the presentation and bookmark sites on their personal computers.
5. By using a digital recorder. Each student’s performance was recorded then downloaded to the that student’s personal web page complete with program notes on our Pro-Motion Music website. The student can then listen to their work and/or share the link with family and friends.
Our day of exploring 21st century technology in the organ world ended with an “old-fashioned” sheet music exchange and time to share ideas while enjoying good food and camaraderie.