Our Radio Show and blog celebrates the extraordinary life and work of Dr. Richard Kogan, physician and musician. Our article of the month is “10 Minutes of Reflection to Kick Off Your New Year to Make it Stronger by Madeline Frank, Ph.D. Included are 2 articles on how listening to classical music can improve health and healing.

Radio Show Feature Question for January 2020: How does classical music play a part of Dr. Richard Kogan’s life as a physician and musician and what musical instrument does he play?



How does classical music play a part of Dr. Richard Kogan’s life as a physician and musician and what musical instrument does he play?

Early Years and studying the piano:

Richard Kogan was born in 1955 in Elizabeth, New Jersey. He was the second of five children. His father was a medical doctor, a gastroenterologist and his mom a music teacher. Richard’s father took him on medical rounds with him to the hospital.

At 4 years of age Richard’s mom had him begin piano lessons. At 6 years of age, in 1961, Richard began playing piano concerts. He was an excellent student in school. His mom recognized his talent for the piano and “enrolled him at the Juilliard School of Music pre-college where he studied with Nadia Reisenberg.” He continued his studies at the Juilliard School until he was 18.



College and Medical School:

After high school, Richard attended Harvard College and “studied music and completed a pre-medical curriculum.” At Harvard he formed a trio with cellist Yo-Yo Ma, a Juilliard friend and violinist Lynn Chang.

In 1977, Richard Kogan earned his bachelor’s degree at Harvard. He went on to attend “Harvard Medical School under a special five-year plan that enabled him to travel and perform concerts.”



In 1982, Richard Kogan earned his Medical Degree at Harvard Medical School.

He then went to New York University to complete his psychiatric residency and academic fellowship.


Dr. Kogan “has won numerous honors in both music and psychiatry, including the Concert Artists Guild Award, the Chopin Competition of the Kosciuszko Foundation, the Liebert Award for Applied Psychoanalysis, and the Alexander Award in Psychiatry.”



Dr. Richard Kogan, “Can music heal what medicine can’t?”  (The role of Music in healing. The power of studying music to change lives in academic and societal success.) To hear Dr. Kogan’s  story of George Gershwin click on the following link:



Dr. Richard Kogan’s Medical Career and Music Career:

Dr. Richard Kogan enjoys “a distinguished career both as a concert pianist and as a psychiatrist. ” He is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College and Artistic Director of the Weill Cornell Music and Medicine Program,”He

has been praised for his “eloquent, compelling and exquisite playing” by the New York Times.”  Dr. Kogan “has gained international renown for his lecture/concerts that explore the role of music in healing, and the impact of psychological forces and mental and physical illness on the creative output of the great composers.”



10 Minutes of Reflection to Kick Off Your New Year to Make it Stronger

By Madeline Frank, Ph.D.

There is a profound difference between viewing the new year as another flip of the calendar vs. an opportunity for celebrating your past successes and setting yourself up for a strong beginning.

It’s all about the questions you ask.

What about the last year was exciting?

What did you accomplish in the previous year that surprised you?

What lessons did you learn from your failures in the past year?

What are you grateful for?

Who are the top 5 people who lifted you up the most or inspired you in the past year? (not just your family)

Who are 5 people who drained your energy over the past year?

Assuming that you’ll want to create an amazing 2020, you’ll need to weed out some negative people in your life. This can seem tough at times, but if their energy and attitude is draining you, it will be impossible to realize the year you desire.

Have you learned from your failures over the past year? If not, I would encourage you to seek out the advice of a mentor or coach and listen to their perspective.

Finally, make a commitment to surround yourself with positive relationships, growth opportunities, and good choices for your future.

In your schedule for this New Year add in the positive relationships and experiences that helped you grow and make positive choices on your future.

Dave “The Shef” Sheffield, Business Motivational speaker and Coach says that sometimes you need to “Love the negative folks from a distance” so they don’t pollute your mind.

As you look back at the past year, note your responsibilities. These are the things you had to do at work and at home. Look for the “right” things you had to do not the ones you were “guilted into or have done because of fear”.

Living a “successful life” is about being an active participant in the planning, execution, and follow up of the events. It’s all about wanting to learn how you spent your time last year and if you made the right choices for your time, energy, and commitments.

Which goals did you reach last year?

How did you grow over the past 12 months?

Did the choices you made produce the best outcome for you?

Did your choices drain you or help you learn and grow?

By reflecting, thinking about your past, you can make for this New Year a plan that will have positive choices with positive relationships that help you grow, learn, and help you reach your goals.

It’s all about the “returns for your effort!

If you are already in the New Year it is not too late to do a review of 2019. Ask yourself the following 3 questions:

1)   What were your positive growth experiences for last year and who were they with? (Positive relationships that stretch your abilities and help you grow. Surround yourself with these positive relationships in the New Year.)

2)   On the left side of your paper list, “what were the wrong choices you made last year?” (This list you will avoid for the New Year.)

3)   On the right side of your paper list, “what were the right choices you made last year?”

Your 10 minutes of reflection will kick off your New Year and make it stronger. © 2020 Madeline Frank


“Playing Classical Music During Operations ‘Makes Surgeons Faster and More Accurate” (Dec. 10, 2019) by Maddy Shaw Roberts. A new study in the International Journal of Surgery, “found that listening to Mozart and Bach can boost doctors’ performance by up to 11 percent.”




“Bridgton Nurse Pairs Medicine and Music” (Dec. 15, 2019) by Lindsay Tice from the Sun journal. Sara Kapinos, nurse and violinist plays for the Bridgton Hospital patients to improve their moods and health.



 “The Secret of Teaching Science & Math Through Music” by Madeline Frank, Ph.D. is available in book form, and newly updated as an e-book on Kindle, Nook, or iBook :


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“Musical Notes On Math” by Dr. Madeline Frank teaches your child fractions and decimals, the fun easy way, through the rhythm of music, Winner of the Parent To Parent Adding Wisdom Award is 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” 



 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.  “Madeline’s Midnight Melodies” CD is now available for purchase by downloading a song, downloading the album, or by CD by clicking below:

Download Your Copy Today!  Amazon | iTunes | CD Baby

Dr. Madeline Frank’s book “Leadership on a Shoestring Budget” is available through amazon. To order your copy of “Leadership On A Shoestring Budget”  as an e-book on Kindle click on the following link:


Wishing you and your family a happy and healthy New Year 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, 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) 2020 Madeline Frank.