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What inspires me? 

My students inspire me to:

  • learn new repertoire
  • play favorite repertoire again
  • analyze my new repertoire to discover hidden harmonic gems
  • explore new soundscapes even in my practice time
  • to creatively teach my congregation new hymns
  • to set goals for planning and performing two new solo concert programs
  • to not be afraid of difficult challenges in repertoire
  • to practice …oh…and practice some more!

Dr. Jeannine Jordan, concert organist and instructor of organ and piano

What a great practice idiom! 

start each practice session

  • tenaciously with specific goals in mind 
  • and with lion-like energy

so you can

end each practice session

  • rejoicing in goals met
  • with lamb-like exuberance

HAPPY PRACTICING!

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

Practice Thoughts

shared by one of my students —

1.  Raise the “priority” of practice.  Make it one of your prime goals instead of getting the time left overs of your day.

2.  Don’t over practice a piece.  When I do I start believing I know it and will then lose concentration.  Go on to another piece and then come back later if you want to play it more.

3.  Have some fun.  Vary the voicing, even to extremes.  Mess with the rhythm and time.  Save a “lollipop” to reward yourself with at the end of your practice session that you can play well that will leave you with a good feeling.

Dr. Jeannine Jordan, teacher and concert organist

Fall is here…

and it’s time to “hunker down”

We’ve had nearly a week of off-and-on rain, wind, showers, rain, wind, a sunbreak, rain, and more rain.  What a perfect week it has been to “hunker down” and enjoy our music room.  Years ago one of my beach students added “hunker down” to my vocabulary.  His thought was that practice sessions are more frequent and more productive during those fall and winter months when the weather gives us good reason to “hunker down” and focus on creating music.  So “hunker down” for some great practice!  ‘Tis the season!

 

Happy practicing!

Dr. Jeannine Jordan, concert organist

 

“We always overestimate the change that will occur in the next two years and underestimate the change that will occur in the next ten. Don’t let yourself be lulled into inaction.”- Bill Gates

Moving on is not about never looking back. It’s about taking a glance at yesterday and noticing how much you’ve grown since then.

“Since you are like no other being ever created since the beginning of time you are incomparable.” – Brenda Ueland

Let’s make this summer a time to reflect in order to move on with purpose and a strong sense of where we want to be. What are the musical high points of the past few years? What really worked for you?

Dr. Jeannine Jordan, creator of organ and media events and concert organist

Staying the Course

Staying the Course; as it turns out, it does take Rocket Science. Well, it takes an understanding of some of the same issues the rocket scientists go through.

You may be glad to know that during any given moonshot the space vehicle was perfectly on target about 3% of the time. The rest of the time it was adjusting, correcting, refocusing to get to it’s ultimate target.

 

 

As a musician this is so encouraging.  Are we the only people who have to keep making adjustments in our practice, our rehearsing,

our performances? No, and that is great news. When you are making adjustments and corrections, that in itself isn’t some weakness or lack of ability, it’s just what it takes to reach the target of great playing.

 

Stay the Course!

Dr. Jeannine Jordan, concert organist



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