Play It Forward has been honored to touch hundreds of lives this year, through the thoughtful donations of instruments and sponsorships and we would like to take a moment to celebrate the families, schools, churches, and music outreach programs that are keeping music alive for our youth. We are so proud to support them through your generous donations of instruments and giving.
We are now working towards building a scholarship fund that will provide musical instruments and scholarships for music lessons tied together, offering students with desire and talent, but no financial means, to finally have the music lessons that have only lived in their dreams. As we continue to give the gift of music to our community, we see students thrive and music programs grow and we invite you to partner with us.
Your generous donations of instruments and scholarship funds will go to help countless students in ways that we can only imagine. It has become increasingly difficult because of safety and financial issues to get practice time at churches for my younger organ students.
Through Play it Forward, I have been able to procure home practice organs for three deserving hard-working organ students from my studio. What a gift to them and to the churches they will one day serve.
Music has the power to change the life of one child, that we all know. But the power to create goes far beyond the development of one individual student. It ripples out into the community spreading itself without limitation, for music is a respecter of no person. And that may be its greatest power, that its boundaries are indeed limitless.
In our Bach and Sons program, we talk about Sara Levy who was the patron keeping all of the JS Bach music from being destroyed. She also supported CPE Bach to enable him to teach. This is what patrons of the arts do, they collaborate with artists/musicians to ensure the arts of the past can be shared with audiences of the future. ______________________________________________________________________
This is a quick example of two of our local organizations that collaborate with the school systems.
Neskowin (Oregon) Chamber Music Outreach ProgramNeskowin Chamber Music is eager to give people of all ages a chance to hear and learn about classical chamber music. Performing groups appearing in our chamber music series are encouraged to participate in our outreach efforts. As a result, public and private schools between Newport and Tillamook regularly benefit from presentations. NCM engages musical ensembles to spend from a day to a week providing free public concerts in a variety of venues, workshops in schools and group instruction for students.
In addition, Studios to Schools, a partnership with Siletz Bay Music Festivaland Lincoln City Cultural Center, received a Cultural Coalition Grant for $1,300. This money was used to support community music assistants for small group sessions on specific instruments for 6th grade beginning band students. __________________________________________________________ Dr. Jeannine Jordan, organist, has a large and active organ studio with students of all ages. She and her husband, David Jordan, media artist of Pro-Motion Music are the creators and presenters of the dramatic story-driven organ and multimedia concert experiences, From Sea to Shining Sea,Bach and Sons, and Around the World in 80 Minutes. #DrJeannineJordan #OrganAndMultimediaConcert
Everyday listening skills are stronger in musically-trained children than in those without music training…In order to fully reap the cognitive benefits of a music class, kids must be actively engaged in the music and participate in the class. In a 2009 study in the Journal of Neuroscience, researchers used an MRI to study the brains of 6-year-old children, before and after they took lessons on a musical instrument for 15 months. They found that the music students’ brains grew larger in the areas that control fine motor skills and hearing—and that students’ abilities in both those areas also improved. The corpus callosum, which connects the left and right sides of the brain, grew as well…Music education facilitates student academic achievement: Improves recall and retention of verbal information Advances math achievement boosts reading and English language arts (ELA) skills Increases average SAT scores. ___________________________________________
Children who study a musical instrument are more likely to excel in all their studies, work better in teams, have enhanced critical thinking skills, stay in school and pursue further education.Perseverance is developed and strengthened through music education and supports better study habits and self-esteem. … music helps children learn that together they can make something larger than the sum of its parts.… include learning cooperation, sharing, compromise, creativity, and concentration—skills that become invaluable as they enter school, face new challenges, and begin to form new friendships and develop social skills. ___________________________________________________ Dr. Jeannine Jordan, organist, has a large and active organ studio with students of all ages. She and her husband, David Jordan, media artist of Pro-Motion Music are the creators and presenters of the dramatic story-driven organ and multimedia concert experiences, From Sea to Shining Sea,Bach and Sons, and Around the World in 80 Minutes. #DrJeannineJordan #OrganAndMultimediaConcert