First United Methodist Church
Albany, OR 


First Presbyterian Church
New Bern, NC


WORLD PREMIERE
AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 MINUTES
Wooster United Methodist Church
Wooster, OH


Nestucca Valley Presbyterian Church

Pacific City, OR


Mary McDonald Concert Series
First Presbyterian Church
Fort Smith, AR


Zion Lutheran Church
Wausau, WI 


St. Paul Lutheran Church
St. Louis, MO

First Presbyterian Church
Kennewick, WA

First Christian Church
Peoria, IL

Music on Market
Wooster United Methodist Church
Wooster, OH 

The First Baptist Church in America
 Providence, RI


Brigham Young University
Provo, Utah

Trinity Lutheran
Lutheran Church
Klein Texas

Prince of Peace
Lutheran Church
Largo Florida

Rodgers Instrument Corporation
Hillsboro, OR

Sundays@3
Church of the Good Samaritan
  and
Oregon Music Teachers Association,
Linn-Benton District
Corvallis, OR      

St. Paul's Lutheran Church
Music at St Paul's Concert Series
Des Peres, MO

United Methodist Church
Music on Market Concert Series
Wooster, OH

St. John's Lutheran Church
2013 Region VIII Convention
of the American Guild of Organists
Salem, OR

First United Methodist Church
A Rodeheaver Series Concert
 Warsaw, IN

Manchester University
 North Manchester, IN
A Fine Arts Series Concert
Fort Wayne, IN

St John Lutheran Church
 Fort Wayne Chapter
American Guild of Organists Event

First United Methodist Church
SW Jersey Chapter of the
American Guild of Organists Event
Mooreston, NJ

 St. Mark's Lutheran Church
Omaha, NE

WORLD PREMIER OF THE GERMAN VERSION OF
BACH AND SONS

Stadpfarrkirche St. Peter und Paul
Inn4tler Sommer Fest Concert
Ried, Austria

St. John's Episcopal Church
An AGO Event
Tulsa, Oklahoma

First Presbyterian Church
An MTNA Concert Event
Newport, Oregon

 Christ Episcopal Church
Christ Church Concert Series
Eureka, California

First United Methodist Church
Fine Arts Series and AGO Event
Camarillo, California

St. Paul's Episcopal Church
Evensong Concert Series
Salem, Oregon

Nestucca Valley Presbyterian Church
Pacific City Arts Association Concert
Pacific City, Oregon

 BACH AND SONS  WORLD PREMIER
Anchorage, Alaska
First Congregational Church
November 21, 2010


A more complete list of performances can be seen on . 

Bach and Sons

From Sea to Shining Sea

UPcoming Pro-motion music events

 

How  Playing an Instrument

Benefits our Brain 

 

 

Thank you Anita Collins from Ted-Ed. This could make you want to practice more just because it helps your brain to such a great degree. 

 

Did you know that every time musicians pick up their instruments there are fireworks going off all over their brain?  On the outside they may look calm and focused reading the music and making the precise and practice movements required, but inside their brains there's a party going on.  How do we know this?  Well in the last few decades neuroscientists have made enormous breakthroughs in 

understanding how our brains work by monitoring them in real time. With instruments like fMRI and Pet scanners people are hooked up to these machines. Tasks such as reading or doing math problems each have corresponding areas of the brain where activity can  be observed. But 

when researchers got the participants to listen to music, they saw fireworks in multiple areas of their brains. They took the sound apart to understand elements like

melody and rhythm. Then put it all back together into unified musical experience.  Our brains do all

this work in the split second between when we first hear the music and when our foot starts to tap along.

 

But when scientists turn from observing the brains of music listeners to those of musicians, the little backyard fireworks became a jubilee. It turns out that while listening to music engages the brain in some pretty interesting activities.

 

Playing music is the brain's equivalent of a full-body workout. The
neuroscientist saw multiple areas of the brain light up simultaneously processing different information in intricate interrelated and astonishingly fast sequences. But what is it about making music that sets the brain alight? The research is still fairly new but neuroscientists have a pretty good idea playing a musical instrument engages practically every area of the brain at once especially the visual, 
auditory, and motor cortices.

 

As with any other workout, disciplined, structured practice in playing music strengthens those brain functions allowing us to apply that strength to other activities.

 

The most obvious difference between listening to music and playing it is that the latter requires fine motor skills which are controlled in both hemispheres of the brain. It also combines the linguistic and mathematical precision in

the left hemisphere while the right is more involved with the novel and creative content. For these reasons playing music has been found to increase the volume and activity in the brain's corpus callosum,
the bridge between the two hemispheres, allowing messages to get across the brain faster and through more diverse routes. This may allow musicians to solve problems more effectively and creatively in both academic and social settings. Because making music also involves crafting and understanding its emotional content and message,  musicians often have higher levels of executive function.  This category of interlinked tasks includes planning strategizing and attention to detail. It requires

simultaneous analysis of both cognitive and emotional aspects. This ability also has an impact on how our memory systems work. Indeed, musicians exhibit enhanced memory functions creating storing and retrieving memories more quickly and efficiently. Studies have found that musicians appear to use their highly connected brains to give each memory multiple tags, such as a

conceptual tag, emotional tag, an audio tag, and a contextual tag, like a good internet search engine. How do we know that all these benefits are unique

to music as opposed to say sports or painting?  Could it be that people who go into music were already smarter to begin with? Neuroscientists have explored these issues but so far they have found that the artistic and aesthetic aspects of learning to play a musical instrument are different from any other activity. They studied other arts. Several randomized studies of participants who showed the same levels of cognitive function and neural processing at the start, found that those who were exposed to a period of music learning, showed enhancement in multiple brain areas compared to the others. This recent research about the mental benefits of playing music has advanced our understanding of mental function revealing the inner rhythms and complex interplay that make up the amazing orchestra of our brain.

 

This is an encouragment to just practice to help keep all those areas of the brain active and "lit up."

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Okay, this is for extra credit. Not mandatory. But interesting.


Neuroscientists get excited about watching the brain functions of musicians because?


A  Musicians use different parts of their brain to complete tasks
B  Musicians use more of their brain to complete tasks
C  Musicians use more parts of their brain simultaneously to complete tasks
D  Musicians use their brains surprisingly when completing tasks


Learning a musical instrument engages which different areas of the brain at the same time?


A  Visual, motor and cerebral cortices
B  Auditory, motor and visual cortices
C  Motor, cerebral and auditory cortices
D  Cerebral, motor and fine motor cortices


The bridge between the two brain hemispheres is called?


A  Corpum callum
B  Coopco coolism
C  Capum cullim
D  Corpus callosum


Learning a musical instrument teaches your brain how to create, ______ and retrieve memories more effectively?


A  Store

B  Find
C  Make
D  Erase

 

Executive function is a series of interlinked tasks that includes planning, strategizing, and attention to ________.

 

A  Habits
B  Facts
C  Features
D  Detail


Executive function is a complex combination of brain functions that requires analysis of both the cognitive and emotional aspects of a problem or situation. What type of complex problems of situations could you think of that would use your executive function capabilities?

 

Learning a musical instrument has been found to assist in our memory abilities. How does your capacity to remember facts, ideas, things you have seen and heard, impact on your ability to learn?
 

“Playing music is the brain’s equivalent of a full-body workout.”

 

What could be some of the short and long term effects of keeping your brain in tip-top physical shape?

 

 

 

feature newsletter article      of the month

 

Around the World in 80 Minutes
Organ and MultiMedia Concert
Dr. Jeannine Jordan, organist
with
David Jordan,

media artist

 

October 8, 2017

3:00 p.m.

 

First United Methodist Church

1838 SW Jefferson St,

Portland, OR 97201

 

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Contact Jeannine today at jeannine@promotionmusic.org 
to add your city to the inaugural 2017 tour of Around the World in 80 Minutes.


To discover more visit
 

www.aroundtheworldin
80minutes.org

 

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From Sea to Shining Sea

Organ and MultiMedia Concert

Dr. Jeannine Jordan, organist
with
David Jordan,

media artist

 

Sunday, November 12, 2017
at 3:00 p.m.

 

 

Advent Lutheran Church

Suntree Campus

7550 N. Wickham Road
Melbourne, Florida 32940

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Contact Jeannine
today at 
jeannine@promotionmusic.org 
to host
From Sea to Shining Sea


To discover more visit
 

www.fromseatoshiningsea.net

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Around the World in 80 Minutes

Organ and MultiMedia Concert

Dr. Jeannine Jordan, organist
with
David Jordan,

media artist

 

Sunday, February 18, 2018
at 3:00 p.m.

Who's on Third? Concert Series
Woodburn United
Methodist Church
700 N Cascade Dr,

Woodburn, OR 97071
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Around the World in 80 Minutes

Organ and MultiMedia Concert

Dr. Jeannine Jordan, organist
with
David Jordan,

media artist

 

Saturday, March 4, 2018
at 7:00 p.m.

St Paul Lutheran Church

12345 Manchester Rd,

St. Louis,  MO 63131 

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Around the World in 80 Minutes

Organ and MultiMedia Concert

Dr. Jeannine Jordan, organist
with
David Jordan,

media artist

 

Sunday, April 15, 2018
at 3:00 p.m.

Fairlawn Lutheran Church

3415 W Market St,

Fairlawn, OH 44333

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From Sea to Shining Sea

Organ and MultiMedia Concert

Dr. Jeannine Jordan, organist
with
David Jordan,

media artist

 

Sunday, April 29, 2018
at 3:00 p.m.

Nelson Hall Theatre 

Performing Arts at Elim Park

150 Cook Hill Rd,

Cheshire, CT 06410

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Bach and Sons

Organ and MultiMedia Concert

Dr. Jeannine Jordan, organist
with
David Jordan,

media artist

 

Friday, May 11, 2018
at 7:00 p.m.

First Presbyterian Church

121 S Harrison St,

Saginaw, MI  48602

 

Past performances

Pro-Motion Music