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Archive for November 2013

Use photos as an improvisation tool to help students explore an instrument, a technique, or a compositional idea.

  • A photo of a waterfall encourages students to explore the full range of the keyboard
  • A picture of jagged mountain peaks encourages students to use full hand chords to create power
  • A photo of a roiling clouds with streaks of lightning encourages students to explore the power of the bass in contrast to quick rapid notes in the upper register of the instrument
  • A photo of mist-shrouded valleys encourages the use of the sustain pedal
  • A picture of bagpipers encourages the use of 5ths as an accompaniment to a jaunty melody
  • A photo of bumblebees encourages the exploration of 2nds and rapid running passages

Obviously the list is endless and with today’s technology one can easily share photos via the electronic devices most of us carry.

Dr. Jeannine Jordan, concert organist



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