It's the story of one of the oldest instruments and, until relatively recently, the mankind's most complex machine. A great printable lesson is available. No previous music is needed for this unit study. A complete lesson plan is provided. Videos provide additional audio and visual support for the lesson and required to complete some of … Continue reading Mini Course: The Story of the Pipe Organ
"Why are there so many pipes?" "But how come you sit over here and the sound comes out over there?" "Why are those pipes so big?" "Why are those pipes so tiny?" "Why are some of the pipes made from metal and others are made from wood?" "How long do pipes last?" Right after the … Continue reading Mini-Course: How Do Organ Pipes Work?
The first settlers in Avon, Illinois, arrived in 1835. In just twenty years, the area grew enough to have a post office, changed its name twice, saw the building of a branch of the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad (CB&Q) and formed several churches. Among those fellowships were a Universalist Church and a Congregational Church. … Continue reading 1912 M.P. Moller, Avon Federated Church, Avon, Illinois
The world watched in frozen horror as news broadcasts showed a fire blazing through the Notre Dame Cathedral on April 15, 2019. The fate of the historic building and its contents hung in the balance. The damage was extensive, yet somehow, miraculously even, some things survived. Among the remaining treasures in the cathedral is the … Continue reading The Notre-Dame Cathedral Paris Pipe Organ
Cornerstone, First United Presbyterian Church, Knoxville, Illinois Standing proudly in the small town of Knoxville, Illinois, is First United Presbyterian Church. Founded in 1835, the congregation made their church home in other locations before erecting the current structure and moving into it, debt free, in 1899. The Hinners & Albertsen organ was installed in 1901. … Continue reading 1901 Hinners & Albertsen, First United Presbyterian, Knoxville, Illinois
Combining my interest in history with performing on a magnificent organ seemed like a great idea, so when Mike Hobbs, from the Civil War Round Table, asked me to provide a program for them I quickly agreed. I had absolutely no idea, however, how this event would grow...and grow...and grow over the next days and … Continue reading Join the Ranks!
There are so many wonderful keyboards and digital pianos on the market that to choose one can feel overwhelming. The question is really, "What kind of keyboard do I need to begin piano studies?" In an ideal world, we would all have pianos with 88 weighted keys. While the debate between preferring acoustic or digital/electronic … Continue reading Selecting a Portable Keyboard
When U.S. Patent 1,956,350 was issued to Laurens Hammond on April 24, 1934, for an "electrical musical instrument," the world of music changed forever. My first organ was a Hammond. My Aunt Vina, my school, my church and just about everyone else I knew who had an organ, had a Hammond organ. Do you know … Continue reading A day in Hammond Organ history