Lesson 6

Organ Types and Components, and the Organ Console

This is the first of six organ registration lessons which should be completed in order. Registration lessons should be studied concurrently with technique and music theory lessons, and while preparing one of the played assignments.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Identify the primary components of the pipe organ.
  2. Describe the characteristics of the Great, Swell, and Pedal divisions.
  3. Identify the various parts of the organ console: manuals and pedals, the stop action, and the expression and crescendo pedals.
  4. Adjust or modify a bench for proper height.
  5. Discuss the basic differences between the pipe and digital organ.

Reading Assignment

OrganTutor Online

In OrganTutor Online study the following lessons: “Introduction to the Organ Console,” “Organ Types and Components,” “Using Console Devices,” and “Pedal Technique: Introduction - Adjust Position.” Take notes in the “OrganTutor Organ 101 Lesson Objectives” section of the workbook. As you study, set a goal to internalize each concept thoroughly. Test your understanding by answering the Quick Review questions at the end of each OrganTutor concept and by taking the end-of-lesson tests, reviewing as needed.  

The OrganTutor Workbook

As a supplemental resource, refer to the "Organ Types and Components" section in the OrganTutor Workbook.