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Resources for the Beginner Organist





Beginner books and music

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Organist societies local and national

Scottish Churches Organist Training Scheme (SCOTS)

Organist Training Leaflets

EASY CHORD AND ORGAN ACCOMPANIMENTS FOR THE ICEL MASS CHANTS have now been moved to our Downloads and Publications page







Hill 1874 pipe organ



The Scottish Federation of Organists

The Scottish Federation of Organists (SFO)

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This is the national parent body of all the local organists' societies. The SFO gives information and advice on many aspects of organ-playing including:



Local Organists' Societies

Several of the local societies have their own websites:







The Scottish Churches Organist Training Scheme (SCOTS)

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SCOTS exists to find and encourage emerging organists as well as to assist those already in posts who wish to develop their skills. The focus is not so much on achieving technical brilliance as on developing the gifts, skills and understanding to contribute to a more satisfying experience of worship for the whole congregation.

Participants work at their own pace towards three successive certificates but with occasional meetings with an Adviser who is an experienced organist and church musician. They follow the SCOTS syllabus, which lists organ pieces and hymn/psalm tunes, chants and settings suitable for each stage. The Adviser helps them assess what progress is being made and what matters need more concentrated attention. A participant attends at least one of the training days offered each year, which are in different parts of the country. Through training days, participants come to know others in similar situations and give support to each other.

SCOTS is an ecumenical scheme, geared to the needs of all denominations. It began in 1999 as an initiative from the Scottish Federation of Organists, the Royal School of Church Music, and the Churches in Scotland, who continue supporting the scheme.

Read more about SCOTS here

SCOTS contact: Susan Wilson, Membership Secretary, 01592 874748, susanwilson@scotsorgan.org.uk





Organist Training Leaflets

Click on title to open downloadable PDF document

Play the organ in church?

Advice for would-be organists

Transferring to the organ
from the piano








Books and music for the beginner organist

Recommended
tutor books

Forth in Praise
easy arrangements

Evelyn Stell's
easy voluntaries

Buck, Percy, The First Year at the Organ (Stainer & Bell). For beginners with piano skills.

Sanger, David, Playing the Organ (Novello). For complete beginners.
Organ Learning Project easy hymns and voluntaries are being reprinted, and added to.

Details will be given here and on the publications page of this website.

A book of easy Christmas carols is now available

Evelyn's voluntaries are published by Fagus-music.com, where they can be purchased online.

Click here to view sample pages and listen to MP3 files.



Wyvern electronic



Articles from the Blog Archive

Blog posts grouped by subject

Click any subject for its group of articles. Clicking any article title in the group will take you
to the blog entry. A printable PDF of all articles in each group is also available.



PIPE ORGANS

(1 article)

October 5, 2009

Winter is the danger season for pipe organs!

PDF



ELECTRONIC ORGANS

(3 articles)

January 21, 2010

Electronic organs (1)

January 28, 2010

Electronic organs (2)

March 3, 2010

Pianists (3) Electronic organs (3)

PDF



ELECTRONIC PIANOS

(4 articles)

November 8, 2009

Electronic pianos are awful!

January 5, 2010

Getting rid of an old electronic piano

January 9, 2010

Getting rid of a new electronic piano

January 13, 2010

Paranoia? Never!

PDF



PIANISTS COMING TO THE ORGAN

(3 articles)

February 17, 2010

Pianists coming to the organ: the basics

February 24, 2010

Pianists: when youíve finally been hooked Ö

March 3, 2010

Pianists (3) Electronic organs (3)

PDF



PAYMENT AND FEES

(3 articles)

November 27, 2009

Organist funeral fees

November 28, 2009

Fees: what if you donít get paid?

April 13, 2010

Should Catholic organists be paid?

PDF