Author: Jo-Michael Scheibe

Jo-Michael Scheibe is the chair at the USC Thornton School of Music’s Department of Choral and Sacred Music. He conducts the USC Chamber Singers, teaches choral conducting, and supervises the undergraduate and graduate choral program.

How Playing Music Affects the Developing Brain, Part 1:

A study conducted in 1993 revealed that college students perform better on spatial reasoning tests after listening to a Mozart sonata. The follow up question then became, “Can listening to Mozart temporarily increase IQs?” The general consensus was yes. In 1998 Zell Miller, the governor of Georgia at that time, proposed the idea of providing every newborn in Georgia with… Read more →

Music Neuroscience

Although it is understood that music has many great benefits for the human brain, such as improving our mood or relaxing our minds, the full scope of music’s effects on the brain are not yet completely understood. There is a growing belief, however, that learning to play a musical instrument does have an impact on the ability to understand emotions… Read more →

Music Lessons Spur Emotional and Behavioral Growth in Children

A new study finds that music training aids emotional and behavioral maturation in addition to the clear benefit of developing motor skills.  This recent study is one of the largest to investigate brain development of those who play instruments. Researchers at the University of Vermont College of Medicine used MRI’s (Magnetic Resonance Instruments) to analyze the brains of 232 healthy… Read more →

Jo-Michael Scheibe’s “Pure Imagination” on Santa Barbara Music Publishing, Inc.

Check out the Jo-Michael Scheibe’s page on Santa Barbara Music Publishing, Inc. to see one of his many editions. Here, featured for the month of January, is the American soundtrack classic  “Pure Imagination” from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. You can check in out in the Youtube video below. This piece was arranged by Matthew Nielsen. Read more →

Musicians have Advantages with Memory

People try all different things when trying to boost brain power.  Some use the brain app called Luminosity, some play memory games.  However, have you ever considered picking up a musical instrument? Research indicates that musicians have better language processing skills and enhanced working memory in comparison to non-musicians.  This means they may have a greater ability to process new… Read more →

Anice Paterson

Anice Paterson, a leader in music education, recently passed away due to cancer at the age of 74.  Paterson was devoted to supporting music teachers.  She was an adviser for Leicestershire in the late 1980s and early 90s.  As a music adviser, Anice led a team that provided professional development for primary school teachers.  She begun courses for trainees at… Read more →

Busan Choral Festival & Competition

Jo-Michael Scheibe recently spent some time in Busan, Korea for a Choral Festival & Competition. Mike was part of the five-person jury.  The other jurors included Hak-Won Yoon, Professor Jung-sun Park, Professor Georg Grün, Mark Anthony A. Carpio. Hak-Won Yoon, an Artistic Director and Conductor of Incheon City Choral, was the Chairperson of the Jury. In Yoon’s forty years of… Read more →

Carnegie Hall Opens New Education Wing

Carnegie Hall, Manhattan’s esteemed music venue, celebrated the opening of their new Resnick Education Wing on September 20 and 21 with their Open House and Family Day. The new wing boasts 61,000 square feet of space dedicated to music education, including ensemble rooms, teaching studios, and practice rooms. In 2010, many of Carnegie’s education activities were held off-site in various… Read more →