The Story of the Pipe Organ

This is the story of one of the oldest instruments and, until relatively recently, the mankind’s most complex machine.

These videos are intersting on their own, but are used to illustrate and demonstrate topics found in the printable, The Story of the Pipe Organ. It is available for purchase here and in the Maestro Heights Store.

Grade Levels: This course is for middle school and up and can be used in the classroom, homeschool or music studio (be sure you have the correct license for your use).

Mini-Course duration: Four sessions of 20-45 minutes each, but allow extra time for some videos.

Session 1

Lesson page 1

Performance on a reproduction hydraulis

Animation of the hydraulis (sound begins around 2:15)

Contemporary performance on a hydraulis

Archaelogical Museum of Dion, Greece

Lesson page 2

A performance on a modern replica of the medieval Portative Organ with hand-operated bellows

Session 2

Lesson page 4

Swell shutters on a large modern organ

Swell shutters and expression on the organ

Project – Watch It, Part 1

Video 1

Video 2

Video 3

Session 3

Lesson page 5

The oldest playable organ in the world

Lesson page 6

Model of a tracker action

A tracker action, pedal division

Session 4

Lesson page 7

Project – Watch It, Part 2

Video 4

Video 5

Video 6

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The printable for this mini-course may be used for one classroom, one private studio or one homeschool classroom. It may not be shared. Additional licenses for multiple classrooms , including homeschool co-ops, are available here.