Our blog and Radio Show celebrates the life and work of Dr. Mark Almond, medical doctor, musician, and teacher. Many of the world’s scientists, medical doctors, mathematicians, writers, and teachers have studied and played musical instruments since they were children. These eminent individuals have integrated music into their thinking process. Included are two articles on the power of classical music for education and healing and an article on improving your child’s study skills during the summer.
Are article of the month is “Coach Lombardi’s 3 Leadership Lessons For Success” by Madeline Frank, Ph.D., DTM
Radio Show Feature Question for June 2018: How does classical music play a part of Dr. Mark Almond’slife as a medical doctor and musician, and what musical instrument does he play?
Mark Almondis from Bolton, England and began studying the French Horn at a young age and was an excellent student in school. In high school he studied with Christopher Wormald and became principal horn in the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and the European Union Youth Orchestra.
Afterwards he attended Cambridge and Oxford Universities to study medicine. He also performed, during this time, for “the televised finals of the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition and the Shell London Symphony Orchestra Scholarship, winning the Silver medal” and was “a finalist in the Paxman International Horn and Philip Jones International Brass competitions.”
At age 19, while in medical school, Mark Almond “made his professional debut with the LondonSymphony Orchestra”. Later he was appointed 3rd Horn with the Philharmonia Orchestra of London and played guest principal Horn with the following orchestras: The Philharmonia, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, London Chamber Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Mark Almond played at Carnegie Hall as guest principal horn of the Philharmonia with Conductor Christoph von Dohnanyi in Bruckner’s Fourth Symphony.
Mark Almond: Soloist, Chamber Musician, Movie Sound Tracks
*Performed the “Franz Strauss Concerto” with the London Symphony Orchestra,
*Performed “Mozart’s Horn ConcertoNo. 4” with the Hallé Orchestra
*Performed “Richard Strauss’Concerto No.2” with Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.
* Movie soundtracks: ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’, ‘Antman’, ‘Chicago’, ‘The Da Vinci Code’ and ‘Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince’.
Mark Almond, MD isan experienced pulmonologist and general internal medicine physician and recently earned a “PhD in immunology and virology from Imperial College in London.”
Dr. Almond said: “I’ve always wanted to be both a musician and a doctor and it’s just been a case of balancing the two. I’ve been very lucky that I’ve been able to do that, and I’ve been able to see some absolutely amazing places through my music.”
In 2016, Dr. Mark Almond became the Co-Principal Horn of the San Francisco Opera Orchestra.Mark Almond teaches French Horn at San Francisco State University. Dr. Mark Almond is a medical doctor, musician, and teacher.
Coach Lombardi’s 3 Leadership Lessons for Success by Madeline Frank, Ph.D., DTM
Coach Vince Lombardi was an American football player, one of Fordham’s football team’s “Seven Blocks of Granite”, head coach of the Green Bay Packers in the 1960s leading the team to three straight and five total NFL Championships in seven years and “winning the first two Super Bowls at the conclusion of the 1966 and 1967 NFL seasons.”
Many experts consider Coach Lombardi “to be the greatest coach in football history, and he is more significantly recognized as one of the greatest coaches and teachers in the history of any American sport.”
The Lombardi’s were devoted Catholics and attended Mass every Sunday. Vince was the oldest of their five children, an altar boy in their Catholic Church, and his parents expected more from him.
The Lombardi children, outside their neighborhood, were subjected to “ethnic discrimination” against Italian immigrants that was pervasive in the culture at that time.
David Maraniss wrote in When Pride Still Mattered: A Life of Vince Lombardi. “Harry Lombardi preached his triangle of success to his children-sense of duty, respect for authority and strong mental discipline.”
The virtue of hard work:
At a young age, Vince, began working for his father Harry in the family butcher shop. Vince carried extremely heavy sides of meat and cut up the carcasses. He did not like doing this. Carrying around the heavy sides of meat shaped his muscles which came in handy for his athletics.
Vince’s father encouraged his interest in football and love of sports. He played in “sandlot football games” at age 12. At the age of 15 in 1928, Vince had decided to become a priest and enrolled at the Cathedral College of Immaculate Conception. At school, Vince played center on the basketball team and outfielder and catcher on the baseball team. He also continued playing football in pick-up games.
He decided two years later not to become a priest and transferred to St. Francis Preparatory School in Brooklyn where he won a scholarship. He starred as fullback on the football team. Vince was “described as aggressive and powerful” playing “every minute of every game”. At school the other students liked him and his coaches and teachers respected him and “helped him win a football scholarship to Fordham University.”
Fordham University “Seven Blocks of Granite”:
After graduating high school, Vince Lombardi attended Fordham University in 1933 on a football scholarship. Vince Lombardi was 5 feet 8, 185 pounds and stocky.
Lombardi and his teammates were on the verge of their best season ever. Their offensive line quickly gained a reputation of being impenetrable, yet they needed a memorable nickname to rival Notre Dame’s Four Horsemen. Someone mentioned that they were solid as “Seven Blocks of Granite” and the name stuck.
The team didn’t win the championship that year, but the nickname of Seven Blocks of Granite ushered that team into college football immortality.
Vince Lombardi graduated Fordham University in 1937 with a business degree, magna cum laude. He then attended law school in the evenings for a semester and worked at a finance company during the day. Then for a year, Vince worked as a chemist. He was uninspired and thought about teaching and coaching. He missed being around young people.
Teaching & Coaching at St. Celia High School:
Vince Lombardi received a phone call and was offered a teaching and assistant football coaching position at St. Celia High School in Englewood, New Jersey. He accepted the position and taught physics, Latin, Chemistry, physical education, coached basketball, and was assistant coach for football. Vince Lombardi later said “these eight years were some of the best years of his life.” In 1940 Vince Lombardi married his sweetheart Marie Planitz and they had two children, Vince, Jr. and Susan.
Coach Lombardi “was a strict disciplinarian”, expecting his rules to be obeyed. He intensely studied each sport he taught to his students, “breaking it down to systematic and logical portions” that his students could understand. Lombardi demanded perfection.
Coach Lombardi Rule: “Don’t just work harder than the next guy. Work harder than everybody else.”
Coach Lombardi said, “Football is like life-it requires perseverance, self-denial, hard work, sacrifice, dedication and respect for authority.”
Assistant Football Coach at Fordham University:
In 1947, Vince Lombardi came back to Fordham University, his alma mater, to join the coaching staff for two years.
Coach Lombardi was a “tireless coach” on the field. His practice sessions were “grueling and demanding”. He expected “absolute dedication from his players”. He would run the same play over and over, ‘barking out’ – “Run it again” whenever a mistake was made. He “expected perfection”.
Coach Lombardi Rule: ‘Chase perfection’. “If you settle for nothing less than your best, you will be amazed at what you can accomplish in your life.”
Assistant Coach at West Point for Coach Red Blaik:
In 1949, he became the assistant coach at the United States Academy at West Point to learn from the legendary coach Colonel Red Blaik. During this time he “identified and developed.. the hallmark of his great teams.. simplicity and execution.”
At West Point Coach Lombardi strictly enforced curfew on the road. It was later called “Lombardi time”. His players had to arrive 10 minutes early. When a player “came in minutes late” he fined them. While traveling his players wore team blazers and ties. Coach said he wanted them to represent the team well.
Assistant Coach for New York Giants: Lombardi was then hired for the next 5 years as an assistant coach “in the NFL for the New York Giants”. The Giants with Lombardi’s help won “five winning seasons, culminating with the league championship in 1956.” While with the Giants, Coach Lombardi had to take on a second job to support his family.
Head Coach Green Bay Packers in Wisconsin: Coach Lombardi, 45 years old, became the new head coach for the next five years for the Green Bay Packers. The Green Bay Packers were a losing team when new head Coach Lombardi was hired.
David Maraniss in his book, “When Pride Still Mattered: A Life of Vince Lombardi” explained when Coach Lombardi “walked into training camp in the summer of 1961. He took nothing for granted. He began a tradition of starting from scratch, assuming that the players were blank slates who carried over no knowledge from the year before… He began with the most elemental statement of all. “Gentleman,” he said, holding a pigskin in his right hand, this is a football.”
Coach Lombardi “started from the very beginning” methodically covering the fundamentals throughout training camp. The Green Bay Packers team “would become the best in the league at the tasks everyone took for granted.” The Green Bay packers, six months later, “beat the New York Giants 37-0 to win the NFL Championship.”
Coach Lombardi fought prejudice his whole life as an Italian and did not tolerate prejudice in his players or in the restaurants or facilities he took his players too. Many times, he was overlooked for a coaching job because he was Italian.
Vince Lombardi, Jr. says, “My father was not only a great football coach; he was also a great leader. It was his leadership-his ability to motivate his players, to inspire them to surpass their own perceived physical and mental capability, and his incredible will to win that brought national renown to the man, his methods and his players.”
Zig Ziglar, motivational expert, retold the following story: It was a hot and steamy day. Practice was not going well for Coach Lombardi’s Green Bay Packers. He chose “one of his big guards” to chew out for “failure to “put out”.
Coach Lombardi said, “Son, you are a lousy football player. You’re not blocking, you’re not tackling, you’re not putting out. As a matter of fact, it’s all over for today. Go take a shower.”
Dropping his head, the big guard, “walked into the dressing room” and sat in front of his locker remaining in his uniform for forty-five minutes with his head bowed, quietly sobbing. When Lombardi walked in and saw his football player, he did an about face. Walking over Coach “put his arm around his players’ shoulder” and said, “Son, I told you the truth. You are a lousy football player. You’re not blocking, you’re not tackling, you’re not putting out. However, in all fairness to you. I should have finished the story. Inside of you, Son, there is a great football player and I’m going to stick by your side until the great football player inside of you has a chance to come out and assert himself.”
Coach Lombardi’s words and actions helped Jerry Kramer’s talent to grow and flourish to become a great football player. Coach as promised stuck by Jerry’s side inspiring and motivating him to be a great football player.
Jerry Kramer “went on to become one of the all-time greats in football” and was voted the all-time guard in the first 50 years of professional football.”
Coach Vince Lombardi said to his players, “With every fiber of my body, I’ve got to make you the best football player that I can make you. And you’ve got to give everything that is in you. You’ve got to keep yourself in prime physical condition, because fatigue makes cowards of us all.”
Shelby Skrhak said, “Lombardi made men of his players. In doing this, he promised to be relentless.”
Zig Ziglar said that, “Coach Lombardi saw things in his men that they seldom saw in themselves. He had the ability to inspire his men to use the talent they had.” Coach Lombardi lead his Green Bay Packers to three straight and five total NFL Championships in seven years and they won “the first two Super Bowls at the conclusion of the 1966 and 1967 NFL seasons.”
Coach Vince Lombardi’s Rule On Character: Coach Lombardi believed a person’s character is made up of small, everyday decisions to do the right thing, as well as larger prevailing traits, such as respect, humility and responsibility.
Coach Lombardi told management student at Fordham in 1967 that, “Character is just another word for having a perfectly disciplined and educated will. A person can make his own character by blending these elements with an intense desire to achieve excellence. Everyone is different in what I will call magnitude, but the capacity to achieve character is still the same.”
Lombardi Rule: “Write your character. Improvements in moral character are our own responsibility. Bad habits are eliminated not by others, but by ourselves.”
Coach Lombardi developed his players’ character by “teaching them discipline and giving them self-confidence to achieve more than they thought possible.”
Coach Lombardi “knew his players’ psychology. He developed people, not players.”
Head Coach of the Washington Redskins:
When Coach Lombardi became the new head coach of the Washington Redskins he was asked by reporters how he was going to handle Sonny Jurgensen, the talented but undisciplined quarterback?
Lombardi “called Sonny to his side, put his arm around him and said, “Gentlemen, this is the greatest quarterback to ever step on a football field.”
Coach Lombardi gave Sonny Jurgensen something to live up too!
Zig Ziglar said, “Is it any wonder that Jurgensen had his best year ever. Lombardi saw the good in others, treated them like he saw them, and helped develop the “good” that was inside of them.”
Coach Lombardi had a way of looking at his players, seeing their talents, and knew what to do to develop those talents. He believed in the “old fashioned values of discipline, obedience, loyalty, character, and teamwork.”
What are 3 of Coach Lombardi’s leadership lessons for success?
1) A leaders first priority is to develop their people.
2) Leaders do this by teaching them discipline, and
3) by teaching them character.
As a leader in your business or organization make it your first priority to develop your team members by teaching them discipline and teaching them character just like Coach Vince Lombardi did!
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How to keep your child’s school skills current during the summer:
1) This summer find out what programs your library has for your child. Share with your child the joys of reading in your home every evening.
2) Are you planning to take your child on vacation this summer? How about having a journal for your child to write in about their vacation? Ask them what they learned about each place they visited and what did they enjoy most about each place?
3) Ask your child to help you cook dinner for the family by having them help you with a recipe. They will be reading and assisting in measuring out ingredients, which will help them in both math and science.
4) The local science and history museums offer classes for children. Find one that will be most interesting to your child.
5) Have your child help you make up Flash Cards in bright colors and letters to learn multiplication tables and vocabulary words.
“Taking Music Lessons Can Boost Children’s Academic Performance” (March 28, 2018) from the citizen.co.za
“New European research has found that children who take music lessons in addition to their regular school classes benefit from improved cognitive abilities and a boost to their academic performance. Carried out by the VU University of Amsterdam, the study looked at 147 children across multiple schools in the Netherlands which all followed the regular primary school curriculum. The students were split into one of three groups: a music intervention group, one visual arts group, and a no-arts group which acted as a control.”
“After following the children for 2.5 years, the researchers tested the children’s cognitive abilities including language-based reasoning, short-term memory, planning and inhibition, and collected data on the children’s academic performance.” Dr. Jaschke, said, “ Children who received music lessons showed improved language-based reasoning and the ability to plan, organize and complete tasks, as well as improved academic achievement.”
“This suggests that the cognitive skills developed during music lessons can influence children’s cognitive abilities in completely unrelated subjects, leading to overall improved academic performance. However, the researchers also noted that despite the potential benefits of music classes, they have been taken out of many curriculums around the world, in part due to competition with more academic subjects and a lack of funding.”
“Columbia Medical Students Launch Music at Bedside Program” (Dec. 27, 2017) from Campus News, Medical Education.
“The Music at Bedside Program began to take shape in spring 2017, when P&S Musicians’ Guild leaders had the idea to create a program that combines their passion for music with patient care. Under the guidance of Craig Blinderman, MD, associate professor of medicine and director of the Adult Palliative Medicine Service at CUMC and NYP, unit care directors were contacted to be paired with students.”
Dr. Blinderman says, “Alleviating suffering is not simply achieved with finding the right medicine or plan of care, but often happens with our touch, our words, our presence, and I believe, with art. Music is perhaps the most accessible art form, especially for those who are in pain and cannot concentrate on words or images. So, the Music at Bedside Program fits in perfectly with the goal of palliative care.”
“The program launched in the fall with 25 participants from the P & S Musicians’ Guild, a group of CUMC students, staff, and faculty who perform with the CUMC Symphony Orchestra and at “Musical Mondays” in Bard Hall.
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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, author, researcher, speaker, conductor, and concert artist. She 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) 2018 Madeline Frank.