62 online lessons for the pianist on the basics of classical or traditional sacred organ playing

General Information

The OrganTutor Online Tutorial and OrganTutor Workbook contain technical and musical studies for aspiring classical or church organists of any denomination. They are designed to be used together, but are available separately.

ORGANTUTOR ORGAN 101 is an online resource for classical and traditional sacred organ instruction. It is a course in basic organ playing for those with piano training, created by Dr. Don Cook of Brigham Young University.

The online tutorial uses a new approach to help teach an old subject–it is an interactive multimedia organ tutorial:

  • Interactive. OrganTutor responds to information provided by the user. Its responses are customized to user needs.

  • Multimedia. OrganTutor uses various types of media: text, photographs, drawings, sound, and video.

  • Organ Tutorial. This "Tutor" was created as an aid to–not a replacement for–the live organ instructor.

As an on-call "teaching assistant," Organ 101 provides the kind of assistance for which online instruction is well suited: it replaces lecture and demonstration. Like a multimedia textbook, it teaches organ registration, hymn playing, and other general concepts; and it demonstrates and describes manual and pedal techniques. This frees the instructor to do what they do best: hear and see the student play, then provide the kind of feedback and direction that only a human can offer.


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