Vidas: Hi, guys, this is Vidas.
Ausra: And Ausra.
V: Let’s start episode 458, of Secrets of Organ Playing Podcast. This question was sent by Alessandro, and he writes:
"The Total Organist" has the taste of being very intriguing and complete. But from your video I have not well understood:
1) The total duration of the course
2) The total price of the course
3) If one has to master every section of a level before passing to the next level, or the pupil can choose exercises by carefully looking at what he can already do and knows and what are still his/her weak points?
4) The pace of tuition: if I'm a slow learner what happens then? May I see and re-see the videos again and again? May I also write an mail asking for explanation (I'm sure that I may, since I did it in the past)
5) Can i get in touch with other learners
Sorry for bothering you, but I need to Clarify these points
Thank you very very much for your answer
V: Well it’s nice, Ausra, that the people are wondering about Total Organist, and we need to clarify some things probably.
A: Yes, and I think you are the best who could do it, so please be so kind and explain us.
V: But you don’t go away. I might also ask you some feedback.
V: Alright. So number one was the total duration of the course. It’s obviously open duration. It’s no set ending. Once you start the course, you freely progress through the trainings that you have chosen. And you can unsubscribe at any time, by the way. Two: the total price of the course, right now, is in two options: if you pay monthly fee then it’s 69.00 dollars per month. If you pay a yearly fee, then it’s 699.00 dollars. Number three: he wonders about passing to next level—how to choose the level probably, right?
V: So the level you choose, it’s written in several layers. The first layer is beginning level, then comes the basic level, then intermediate, and then advanced level. So, if you are considering yourself, let’s say a basic level organist who can play some things but not very well, then this section is for you and you can freely choose anything from that section. If this is, first you try for a couple of days, right, and if it’s really frustrating, then you need to go back one level and practice from the beginning level. Or, if it’s too easy for you, then jump to the intermediate level. That’s how you decide what’s suitable for you. I think that’s what he means, right?
A: Yes, I think so.
V: Number four, the pace of tuition. I mean, he is worried about, if for example he receives weekly trainings in his email inbox and he’s not able to master each weeks exercise on time, can he progress at his own pace?
A: I think he can do that.
V: Yeah! Of course he should archive those emails, not throw away, and practice at his own pace, and sooner or later he will master that particular course, I think. And the same is with videos: you can watch many times, as many times as you want, anything that is available. Alright, and the last point is ‘can he get in touch with other learners’? And that’s why we have Basecamp.
A: Yes. I thought you are going to talk about Basecamp.
V: Basecamp is wonderful because they have this ability to chat, which is called Campfire. And people can really make wonderful discussions there. Not only like, not only myself when I announce something for everybody, but people can really go at it and say some things to the group. Alright. Wonderful. Do you think this will be helpful to Alessandro and others who are hesitant and not sure about Total Organist?
A: Well, I hope that it will be useful.
V: And if not, keep sending us more questions, more particular questions about that and we might clarify and focus even more. Thanks guys. This was Vidas.
A: And Ausra.
V: And remember, when you practice…
A: Miracles happen!
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Drs. Vidas Pinkevicius and Ausra Motuzaite-Pinkeviciene
Organists of Vilnius University , creators of Secrets of Organ Playing.
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