New Directions in Organ Pedagogy
Chicago International Organ Academy (CIOA) was inaugurated recently to serve the needs of organists of all ages and abilities around the world who have a desire to acquire or improve their organ playing abilities.
Many people who love the organ, its sounds, and its literature do not have easy access to high-level instruction. Many are not in a position to enroll in a degree program at an accredited school or cannot travel to places where the instruction they seek is offered. Others need greater flexibility in scheduling their lesson times. CIOA seeks to fill this void with a dynamic, engaging way to utilize contemporary technology and a cloud-based platform to make organ lessons more easily available to people around the world who have a desire to enjoy playing the organ, and to do so more effortlessly.
Beginning, intermediate, and already advanced organists will benefit from the remote learning opportunities available through CIOA by using either a smartphone, tablet, laptop, or video camera to record their lesson assignments and to participate in live, interactive sessions with their instructor. Students enrolled in the Academy appreciate being able to review the visual aspects of their instruction multiple times throughout the week in between lessons.