“Teachers’ Lifetime Achievement Award” winners: Madeline’s Monthly Article & Musical Tips Blog for April 2015

“Madeline’s One Minute Musical Radio Show” presents its highest award, the 2015 “Teachers’ Lifetime Achievement Award” to Jeanne Golner, Elizabeth Hamilton, and Maryl Case. They leave lasting legacies to generations of students they have inspired, motivated and encouraged for successful futures. Our article of the month for April 2015: “Lessons on Teamwork from the Bolshoi Ballet” by Madeline Frank, Ph.D., DTM. Included this month is an article on a new study of how listening to classical music helps students with Autism to calm down, focus and concentrate better and an article on fifteen-year-old Evan, with Autism, who is studying piano and doing very well in school. Also included are several articles on how listening to classical music can help students concentrate better, and help patients heal faster.

Our Radio Show’s 2015 “Teachers’ Lifetime Achievement Award” winners are Jeanne Golner, Elizabeth L. Hamilton, and Maryl Arbuckle Case. Feature Question for April 2015: What achievements did they accomplish?

http://www.madelinefrankviola.com/one-minute-radio-show-2015/

Our blog/article and Radio Show feature our 2015 “Teachers’ Lifetime Achievement Award” winners.

“Jeanne Golner won her 2015 “Teachers’ Lifetime Achievement Award” for advancing the knowledge of young students in elementary school, in grades 2, 4, & 5 for 30 years. She encouraged and inspired her students to succeed in language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies giving them a legacy to follow for their future.”

Jeanne Golner says, “I wanted to be a positive influence in their lives making a difference.”

To hear Jeanne Golner’s May 2008 Radio Show click on the link below:

http://www.madelinefrankviola.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/0508_musicminute.mp3

Jeanne Golner’s Feature Question for May 2008: Jeanne Golner how did you use classical music in your classes to teach math, science, and writing to your fifth grade students and what were the results?

 

Elizabeth L. Hamilton won her 2015 “Teachers’ Lifetime Achievement Award” for 50 years of significant creative contributions to the fields of character building and character education for students of all ages.”

Elizabeth L. Hamilton says, “Only from objective character traits based on moral absolutes can we build strong, enduring character!”

For Elizabeth Hamilton’s Character blog, books, and materials:

http://character-in-action.com

To read Elizabeth Hamilton’s article/blog for Dec. 2009:

http://www.madelinefrankviola.com/madelines-monthly-article-musical-tips-december-2009/ 

To hear Elizabeth Hamilton’s December 2009 Radio Show interview:

http://www.madelinefrankviola.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/1209_musicminute.mp3

Radio Feature Question for December 2009: Elizabeth Hamilton what would your ideal model of a school and classroom look like including Classical music in the background, the pledge of allegiance, prayer and how long would the school day be, and what are the best schools you have worked in and why?

Maryl Arbuckle Case won her 2015 “Teachers’ Lifetime Achievement Award” for advancing the knowledge of students for 50 years in mathematics from algebra through calculus in middle school, high school, and college. She has inspired, motivated, and instilled in 5 generations of students the joy of learning mathematics. Her music activities have greatly enriched her life as well as the lives of those around her.”

Maryl Case says, “My one but not only purpose was to cause students to be able to use analytical thinking to help them have a constructive and successful life that would benefit the people they meet.”

To read Maryl Case’s blog/article for Sep. 2013:

http://www.madelinefrankviola.com/maryl-arbuckle-case-master-mathematics-teacher-and-violinist/

To hear Maryl Case’s Radio Show interview for September 2013:

http://www.madelinefrankviola.com/madelines-one-minute-radio-show/

Maryl Case’s Feature Radio Question for September 2013: Maryl Case, how did you use classical music in your classes to teach high school math to your students in Colorado and what were the results?

 

“Lessons on Teamwork from the Bolshoi Ballet” by Madeline Frank, Ph.D., DTM

Andrew Carnegie said, “Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.”

Are you getting the most out of your team at work? Does each person on your team work well together?

How would you like to see an example of teamwork at its very best? If you were with me, as an audience member, during the live broadcast from Russia of the Bolshoi Ballet and Orchestra’s production of Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” at the AMC Theater, you would have seen the very finest example of teamwork in the world.

In the first scene the audience was transported to the Masked Ball in Verona, Italy where Romeo, Alexander Volchkov, a handsome young man and Juliet, Anna Nikulina, a beautiful young woman meet for the very first time and dance together at the ball. The couple were smiling and danced together with energy,enthusiasm and joy. When Romeo lifts Juliet in the air you felt her trust and passion for Romeo. She knew she could rely on Romeo to catch her. Their timing was impeccable. It was as if they had been dancing together forever.

During this scene the Corps de Ballet, all handsome and beautiful dancers were smiling at their partners as they danced as couples with energy, commitment, and enthusiasm with impeccable timing.

Every gesture and movement of the solo dancers and the Bolshoi Corps de Ballet was done as a team with enthusiasm, conviction, and commitment. Each member knew their part, encouraging and supporting the other, and could be relied on to catch the other in a jump or any movement. It was poetry in motion. A dialogue of dancing with gestures and facial expressions, without words.

The audience witnesses the balcony scene of Romeo and Juliet and their secret wedding with Friar Lawrence marrying them. The soloists and the Bolshoi Corps de ballet worked together as a team with the step-by-step choreography of Yuri Grigorovich from the original music score of Sergei Prokofiev from the 1978 production.

During the intermission the audience was invited back stage to watch the soloists and Corps de ballet, dancers, practicing the sword fight scene and other parts of the ballet with their partners. Dancers were working together as a team concentrating on making each movement together so it was seamless. Dancers practiced with energy, enthusiasm and joy dancing together with their teammates. Their movements were fluid, in perfect rhythm and harmony. These are athletes of the highest caliber who enjoy their work.

The audience also saw during the intermission, the orchestra members practicing their parts with joy and enthusiasm. We heard orchestra sections practicing together and principle players playing their solos. Each musician was concentrating and working to do their very best work with their team members to make this “Romeo and Juliet” production special.

Throughout the entire ballet, each member of the ballet company worked as a team member and knew their part. Precision was in every scene including when Juliet takes the elixir to put her to sleep and the scene when Romeo thinks she is dead and takes poison to join her.

Many years ago, I had the pleasure of playing in the viola section with the Bolshoi Ballet’s Orchestra when they came to play at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. They were a joy to work with as the Bolshoi musician and dancers loved working together as a team to make the “Romeo and Juliet” Prokofiev production memorable , special, fresh and new for the audience.

What are the three lessons on teamwork you can learn from the Bolshoi Ballet’s production of Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet”?

1) As a team have a clear vision and picture of what you want each member of your team to do and have a step-by-step plan to do it. Soloists and the Bolshoi Corps de ballet worked together as a team with the step-by-step choreography of Yuri Grigorovich from the original Sergei Prokofiev production of 1978. The orchestra also worked as a team with its Conductor Andrey Anikhanov, Concertmaster, and other principal players of each section of the orchestra working together with a clear big picture of how they wanted to play for their dancers.

2) Each member of the team has a job they are expert at doing, they know their jobs well, and they work with their teammates joyfully with

3) Each team member can be depended on, is committed to doing their best, is encouraging, works with energy and enthusiasm to support their team members to reach their goals.

So, remember to choose the members of your team wisely, make sure they are experts and enjoy working with your other team members. Make sure everyone on the team understands your organization’s vision and has a picture of what you want your goal or dream to look like. And also have a step- by- step plan of action just like Yuri Grigorovich and the Bolshoi Ballet.

Zig Ziglar said it best, “You were born to win, but to be a winner, you must plan to win, prepare to win, and expect to win.” (C) 2014 Madeline Frank

To contact Madeline for your next speaking engagement: mfrankviola@gmail.com

“Australian Pianist David Helfgott Chooses Classical Music for Research Project to Help Children with Autism” (March 12, 2015) by Bronwyn Herbert from ABC.net.au/news.

Children with Autism are listening to Classical music from Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 8, the Pathetique and are able to concentrate better and are calmer.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-03-12/pianist-david-helfgott-chooses-classical-music-for-autism-study/6309652

 

“Teen of the Week: Autistic Teen’s Piano Recital Marks Milestone” (May 16, 2008) by Wendi Winters, For The Capital, Annapolis, Maryland Hometownannapolis.com. Fifteen-year-old Evan, who has autism played his first public recital. ”He stays focused. He uses the piano to bring joy to himself and others, ” says Carolyn Sonnen.”He did very well. He played his pieces in front of an audience, a first for him. “ Classical “Music is helping him grow. He ‘s getting a lot of external feedback that a lot of autistic kids don’t get.” “Being on stage is a really big thing. It’s a breakthrough because his confidence is building. He is getting feedback that the audience members enjoy and value what he is doing.” Evan “is a straight A student. Since the beginning of this year he has attended Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore for one hour each Monday evening for piano lessons. Classical pianist Brian Ganz says “Evan is a dear soul and it’s been a privilege for me to know him and his wonderful family. Evan is a talented pianist and musician, too.” Susan Bellamy his social worker says, “In the time he’s been here at Hannah More, he’s had tremendous growth in language skills and expressing himself.” “He often will intervene on behalf of another student who is crying or upset and advocate for them. A good student, he likes to learn and come to school and please others. He has a sense of humor and can joke.”

Listening to Classical Music Good for the Brain” (March 13, 2015) by Jenna Iacurci from Nature World News.

“It’s been said that listening to music is good for the soul, and now new research shows that it’s good for the brain, too. That’s at least according to new findings published in the journal PeerJ, in which researchers say that listening to 20 minutes of classical music modulates genes responsible for brain functioning.” 

http://www.natureworldnews.com/articles/13417/20150313/listening-to-classical-music-good-for-the-brain.htm

“Neurodegeneration Prevented With Classical Music” (March 15, 2015) by Chuck Bedner for redOrbit.com.

Chuck Bedner said, “The authors of that study discovered that listening to classical music enhanced the activity of genes involved in the secretion and transportation of dopamine, the neurotransmitter that helps control the brain’s reward and pleasure centers. Furthermore, the activity was found to benefit synaptic neurotransmission, learning, and memory, while also down-regulating the genes responsible for mediating neurodegeneration.”

http://www.redorbit.com/news/health/1113352405/classical-music-could-prevent-neurodegeneration-031515/

“Want a Rock Solid Nervous System? Listen to Classical Music” (March 17, 2015) from hindustantimes.com. “Listening to classical music kicks your genes into action, spurring the onset of several physiological processes in the body that can boost your mood and enhance your memory, according to Finnish researchers.” To read more on this new study:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/wellness/classical-music-can-help-preserve-your-nervous-system/article1-1327283.aspx

For scientific evidence, medical evidence, test results, and true stories of the world’s scientists, medical doctors, and mathematicians who have studied and played musical instruments since they were children read “The Secret of Teaching Science & Math Through Music” by Madeline Frank, Ph.D. is now available in book form, and newly updated as an e-book on Kindle, Nook, or iBook:

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http://www.madelinefrankviola.com/the-secret-of-teaching-science-and-math-through-music/

“Musical Notes On Math” by Dr. Madeline Frank teaches your child fractions and decimals, the fun way, through the rhythm of music, Winner of the Parent To Parent Adding Wisdom Award is now available in book form, newly updated as an e-book on Kindle, Nook, or iBook.

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Tips on how to use “Musical Notes On Math”

http://www.madelinefrankviola.com/musical-notes-on-math/

Madeline’s Midnight Melodies- Music From around the World” . This CD complements her books with a blend of dance music, gigues, tangos, ballet and favorites including “Danny Boy”, Puccini’s “O Mio Babbino Caro”, Debussy’s “Claire De Lune” and others. “Madeline’s Midnight Melodies” is music to relax by and to move by for music therapy. For your cd of  ”Madeline’s Midnight Melodies” click below:

http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/mfrankviola

Dr. Madeline Frank’s book “Leadership on a Shoestring Budget” is now available through amazon.com. Click on the following Amazon.com link to order your copy of “Leadership On A Shoestring Budget” is available as an e-book on Kindle or in book form.

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Wishing you and your family a happy Passover and Easter! Your Non-Invasive Medicine Music Expert, Madeline

For over 25 years, Dr. Madeline Frank has helped children and adults overcome problems through music. Dr. Frank, a strings teacher, college professor, researcher, speaker and concert artist has found a scientific link between studying and/or listening to musical instruments and academic and societal success. Madeline Frank earned her Bachelor and Master’s degree from the Juilliard School of Music. Her education has included scholarships at the Juilliard School, Indiana University, and the University of Cincinnati and she has a violin performance diploma from the North Carolina School of the Arts. (C) 2015 Madeline Frank.

 

 

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