POSITIVITY'S IMPACT ON THE CREATIVE BRAIN-JO-MICHAEL SCHEIBE

Positivity’s Impact on The Creative Brain

The creatively-minded are considered to be free-spirits or daydreamers, which purportedly sets them apart from pencil pushers and those interested in the sciences. However, did you know that there’s scientific evidence suggesting that anyone can be creative? More than that, did you know that ambiance and mental outlook are fundamental provocations when it comes to creative productivity? There are many components to what kind of environment… Read more →

Highly Creative Individuals Have Better Connected Brains | Jo-Michael Scheibe

Highly Creative Individuals Have Better-Connected Brains

Are you left-brained or right-brained? What if I told you the “right/left brain” theory might be bogus?   According to research published by Duke University during February of the year, creative people have better-connected brains. In fact, this report states, “Highly creative people have significantly more white matter connections (shown in green) between the right and left hemispheres of the… Read more →

How Music Aids Brain Development

  Music is a wonderful way to stimulate brain development in children from infancy through adolescence. Musical training is the best way to encourage this development, but even simple exposure can stimulate a child’s brain. Here are some of the ways that harmonized sounds help young brains. Infants Babies love musical instruments and lullabies. It turns out that these musical… Read more →

USC Thornton Department of Choral and Sacred Music Graduates

USC Thornton Department of Choral and Sacred Music Graduates happy to announce placement this spring: Jeremy Bakken: DMA candidate,  Director of Worship and Sacred Music for Northwestern Publishing House Dr. Yejee Choi: University of the Pacific, Interim Director of Choral Activities Dr. Audrey Chung: Singapore Serena Eichhorn: ABD,  Teaching Artist Program Manager for the Young Musicians Foundation Nathan Fryml: ABD Amarillo College,… Read more →

Jo-Michael Scheibe: Concert Schedule

 Jo-Michael Scheibe: Concert Schedule July 19-22, 2016 | Waco, TX Alleluia Conference at Baylor University, Conductor   July 22-23, 2016 | San Antonio, TX Texas Choral Directors Association, Clinician   August 3-5, 2016 | Big Rapids, MI Michigan School Vocal Music Association 43rd Annual Summer Conference, Headliner   November 11-12, 2016 | Corpus Christi, TX Texas Regional Honor Choir, Conductor   February 3-6, 2017 | Minneapolis,… Read more →

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Jo-Michael Scheibe: January-May 2016

Schedule of Events This semester Dr. Scheibe is on sabbatical. While away from the USC campus, he eagerly anticipates performances and appearances in places near and far, such as Taiwan and Germany. Follow Jo-Michael Scheibe on Twitter @JMScheibe for the latest updates. January 19 : Carnegie Hall, New York, NY January 23 :  Bach’s Cantata “Sleeper’s Awake” with Jeffrey Kahane, Pasadena, CA February 3-6 : Colorado SATB High School… Read more →

What Makes Bach So Great?

Ah, Bach. Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)  is one of the most famous musicians of all time. What makes him so great? Like many famous artists, Bach wasn’t highly regarded in outside of a small devoted circle of fans. He didn’t hit cultural caché until just about a hundred years after his death. In hact, Bach would probably be amazed at his fame today.… Read more →

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Why Teaching the Recorder Matters

In third or fourth grade, depending on the curriculum of the  school, classrooms of energetic, fidgety, over-excited students will be handed their first musical instrument: the recorder. The recorder can be distinguished by a distinct thumb-hole for the upper hand and seven finger-holes: The instrument was first documented in the Middle Ages, and while sometimes considered an amateur instrument, a range of illustrious… Read more →

A Brief History of Carnegie Hall

This year, Carnegie Hall in New York City is celebrating its 125th anniversary. This architecturally outstanding building has embraced a wealth of talented performers in a variety of arts. So, how did it all begin? The building of this hall was pinnacle of a dream of two friends – conductor Walter Damrosch and industrialist Andrew Carnegie.  Damrosch intentions to build a new… Read more →