Barbara Drucker Smith : Radio Show’s 2023 “Teachers Lifetime Achievement Award” : Madeline’s Monthly Article & Musical Tips Blog & Radio Show for April 2023

“Madeline’s One Minute Musical Radio Show” presents its highest award, the 2023Teachers’ Lifetime Achievement Award” to Barbara Drucker Smith. She leaves a lasting legacy to the generations of students she has inspired, motivated and encouraged for successful futures.

Many of the world’s teachers, scientists, medical doctors, engineers, mathematicians and others have studied and played musical instruments since they were children. These eminent individuals have integrated music into their thinking process. Music is a powerful tool for motivating, inspiring, educating and soothing pain. Our article of the month is” Happy Thoughts to Begin Your Day! by Madeline Frank, Ph.D.

Our Radio Show’s 2023 “Teachers’ Lifetime Achievement Award” winner is Barbara Drucker Smith.  Feature Question for April 2023: What achievements did she accomplish?


Our blog and Radio Show feature our  2023Teachers’ Lifetime Achievement Award winner Barbara Drucker Smith. She says, I’m “passionate about family, teaching meaningful ways to focus and working towards what they are striving for, and appreciate and participation in the arts, music, and drama, and by helping others to better health through positive changes through hypnotherapy with background music.”

Barbara’s aside, “I know how much music aids in learning that you encourage so well. When I was at the University of Wisconsin one summer, the professor took our music in hygiene class to a mental hospital to hear the patients performing in an orchestra. I think that this should be incorporated not only in mental hospitals but in prisons as well.”

Barbara Drucker Smith won her  2023 “Teachers’ Lifetime Achievement Award” for advancing the knowledge of students for 50 years in reading, English, writing, poetry, arts, music, and drama. She taught students in elementary school, high school, and in college, encouraging, inspiring, and motivating her students to succeed as readers, writers, and thinkers. 

Dr. Frank: Thank you Barbara Drucker Smith for being our Radio Show’s  2023 “Teachers’ Lifetime Achievement Award” winner and for inspiring, motivating, and encouraging generations of students and people of all ages to succeed to the best of their ability as readers, writers, and thinkers.

To read Barbara Drucker Smith’s Blog for July 2020:


To hear Barbara Drucker Smith’s Radio Show Feature Question for July 2020: Barbara Drucker Smith, how does Classical music play a part of your life as an American writer, educator, certified Master Transpersonal Hypnotherapist, and musician and what musical instrument do you play?


Barbara Drucker Smith has written the following books: A Brush With the Famous” is available at  Barnes & Noble and Amazon. “Darling Loraine, the story of A. Louis Drucker A Grateful Jewish Immigrant” and “Prose from the Old Century to the New” is available through Amazon.  “A Poetic Journey” is available at

Happy Thoughts to Begin Your Day! by Madeline Frank, Ph.D.

How to start your day with excitement and enthusiasm with an air of creativity!

Happy thoughts!

Do you remember as a child waking up at the crack of dawn, filled with happiness, excitement and enthusiasm because it was your birthday or a special holiday?

Do you remember how excited you were?

Do you remember the gift you received and how you enjoyed unwrapping it?

One of the most exciting gifts I received was when I was an eight year old child.

It was a violin. That violin was my opportunity to change my life and brought me great joy!

Do you remember receiving a gift that changed your life?

When you remember that gift does it make you happy and grateful?

When I was 12 years old, I took Home Economics in public school. Momma bought me a used Singer Sewing machine so I could make the required clothes for class. I also made things for my younger siblings like bibs, handmade dolls, and aprons. It was a wonderful gift to learn how to do something new. The class also taught us to sew, with nice hand stitching to hem clothes, and cook basic meals! I smile as I remember this!

What is the difference between a day that feels like everything that can go wrong will vs one that feels like everything goes your way?

It obviously starts with the beginning.

I’m sure you know someone who walks into the office every morning, a grimacing look plastered on their face, and they usually look for the negative side of everything.

I’m not sure how this person starts their day, but it probably looks like this:

  • An alarm blaring at full volume, jolting them awake.
  • Scrolling through social media (comparing yourself to others).
  • Reading/watching the news (creating panic, fear, and doubt).
  • Reading email (letting other people prioritize your time).
  • Grumbling about going to work/school.

If this is the foundation for your day, what lens do you think you will see life through that day?

You will likely focus on things you do not want.

You will likely look at lack, doubt, and hopelessness with greater importance.

You will likely quash most positive thoughts that enter your mind.

Instead beginning your day like this:

1) Set your alarm clock to ease you awake (most phones have this setting to whisper you awake, rather than jolt you out of bed).

2) Spend a few minutes in silence, focusing on what you are grateful for. It is easy to do this when life is going well…but it is essential to do this when life is not perfect.

3) Move your body in some way, whether it is stretching or slipping into your workout clothes to get your heart pumping.

4) Journal for 5 minutes about whatever flows into your mind. Positive ideas can be captured, and concerns stop renting space in your mind once they are put on paper. Send a note of encouragement to a child, family member, or friend! Write 5 things down you are grateful for!

5) Only read/listen to/watch something growth related or positive.

It’s all about starting your day with gratitude and positive thoughts. 

So how can you give yourself a gift like this every day?

  • Begin your day by thinking of joyful things and gratitude.
  • Don’t listen to the news.
  • Don’t check emails for at least two hours after waking.
  • Set your priorities for gratitude, growth, and challenge for the day (yes…we all need challenges! )
  • Fuel your mind by reading a positive article.
  • Write a motivating encouraging note or thank you note to child, parent, or friend.

Thomas Dreier said, “Today should always be our most wonderful day.”

One of the most effective strategies I’ve discovered to set myself up for success is to ask a series of “power questions”.

For example:

What am I grateful for in the past 24 hours?

What am I excited about today?

What am I unsure of, but know I can conquer today?

Gordon Tredgold of Leadership Principles Ltd says, “People are more open to ideas, communication, opportunities, and ambitious goals when they are happy.”
He continues, “Happy teams are productive teams, and this productivity comes from people’s openness to be more inspired when they are happy, it increases their belief in what they are capable of and what they are prepared to try.”
Zig Ziglar, motivational expert and speaker said, “You have to feed your mind daily with the good, clean, pure, powerful and positive.”

So, what is the best way to start your day?

Give this strategy a try for the next 10 days and let me know how it works for you! © Madeline Frank
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Wishing you and your family a happy April from Your Non-Invasive Medicine Music Expert, Madeline

For over 30 years, Dr. Madeline Frank has helped children and adults overcome problems through Classical music. Madeline Frank, Ph.D., DTM is an award-winning teacher, an best-selling author, researcher, speaker, conductor, and concert artist. She has discovered a scientific link between studying a musical instrument 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) 2023 Madeline Frank.