Lesson 8

Classification of Organ Stops by Family

This is the third of six organ registration lessons which should be completed in order. You may begin this lesson after completing Lesson 7. Registration lessons should be studied concurrently with technique and music theory lessons, and while preparing one of the played assignments.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Interpret the stop nomenclature on speaking organ stops.
  2. Distinguish between the categories of organ pipes: flue pipes and reed pipes.
  3. Discuss the distinctive properties of each family of organ tone, along with any subcategories.
  4. Associate the more common stop nomenclatures with their respective families.

Reading Assignment

OrganTutor Online

In OrganTutor Online study the following lesson: “Families of Organ Tone.” 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 "Families of Organ Tone" section in the OrganTutor Workbook.