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Instrument Exploration: The Organ (Part One)

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June 02, 2022

Target age range: Grades 2-5

  1. Have you heard of a musical instrument called the organ? Today we will learn about and listen to several different kinds of organs and meet some organists, or people who play the organ.  This is the first lesson in a three-part series about the organ. 

  2. Here are a handful of pre-viewing questions for journaling or discussion.

    • How do organists get their start?

    • Can anyone play the organ?

    • Where are organs played? 

  3. Watch the video!

  4. Follow-up questions for journaling and discussion.

    • Below is a picture of each organist and their instrument. Can you name where they play their instrument? Can you name one other fact about them- like when they started playing, or what they like about playing the organ?

      4 organists chart

    • You were introduced to four different kinds of organs. Which was your favorite sound, and why?

    • What are three words you would use to describe the organ?

    • Are there other places you’ve seen or heard organs and organ music?

    • What are three things you will remember from this video?

  5. Want even more?

    • For an ever-expanding resource regarding the pipe organ and its music, check out the online archive of PIPEDREAMS broadcasts, or tune in Sunday mornings from 6-8 AM on YourClassical Minnesota Public Radio (KSJN-99.5FM in the Twin Cities), or listen anytime online!

    • Check out the Twin Cities Chapter of the American Guild of Organists’ Pipeworks Education Initiative and their Pipe Organ Discovery Day.

Special thanks to Phil Asgian and the Twin Cities Chapter of the American Guild of  Organists and Michael Barone, host of Pipedreams, for help and support with this lesson.

Have a question or suggestion? Contact Katie Condon, music education specialist!

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