The BYU Organ Online Training Sessions will be expanded during the upcoming year to include not only 9 classes geared toward early level church organists, but also 3 classes for beyond the basics training, and some ongoing individual feedback sessions. All events are free of charge and available to pianists and organists in any location! Click the links above to navigate to your area of interest. 

The presentations will offer a pre-recorded video from 7-8 pm Mountain Time, interactive chat with the instructor during the video, followed by a live 30 minute Q&A. Enroll for the sessions by hovering over each topic and clicking the “Register” button. Recordings of each class will be available to view following the live presentation throughout the month in which it is presented.

We hope to see you at many, if not all training sessions!

The Organ Console

Dr. Don Cook

October 14, 2021 | 7-8:30 pm

This session is an introduction to the organ console, including the divisions of the organ and console devices such as thumb pistons and toe studs, expression and crescendo pedals, and other registrational aids.
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Effective Practicing

Jay Goodliffe

November 4, 2021 | 7-8:30 pm

This session will discuss tips and tricks for making the most out of your practice time.
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Pitches & Families of Organ Tone

Nora Hess

December 2, 2021 | 7-8:30 pm

This session will focus on basic and effective hymn registration (chorus registration - when both hands are playing on a single keyboard).
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Hymn Registration

Sheri Peterson

January 6, 2022 | 7-8:30 pm

This session will focus on basic and effective hymn registration (chorus registration - when both hands are playing on a single keyboard).
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Solo & Accompaniment Registration

Dr. Neil Harmon

February 3, 2022 | 7-8:30 pm

Various types of solo stops and combinations are explored, along with ways to create balanced accompaniment combinations.
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Pedal Technique

Sharee Thompson

March 3, 2022 | 7-9 pm

This session establishes the most important foundations of a good legato pedal technique.
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Legato Fingering Techniques

Instructor TBD

April 7, 2022 | 7-9 pm

This session will introduce fingering techniques to achieve beautiful legato musical lines without the use of a sustaining pedal (something not found on an organ).
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Hymn Playing Foundations

Jacob Hofeling

May 5, 2022 | 7-8:30 pm

This session introduces hymn playing in the sustained legato style, and achieving independence of line. Concepts discussed will include: evaluating the text, dealing with the repeated notes, common tone rule, when to play legato and when to play detached.
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Figuring Out Pedaling for Hymns

Kymberly Payne

June 2, 2021 | 7-8:30 pm

This session will prepare you to apply basic pedal techniques in choosing effective pedaling in hymn playing.
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