By playing Classical and Baroque music in your class rooms, in the hallways of your school, in the cafeteria during lunch on school buses, to and from school, and in your home your students will be able to concentrate better on their school work and will be more relaxed and better behaved. It’s all about choosing the right music to study by at school, at home, and at work!
This month we have a blog and radio show featuring the extraordinary life of Dr. William Gust “Bill” Andberg, “The Gray Ghost of Anoka”, veterinarian, athlete holding “30 national and world age-group running records at various distances”, lifelong musician, husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, and friend. Our article of the month is “Connecting With Others” by Madeline Frank, Ph.D., DTM. Also included are articles on the power of classical music to heal and educate and how unborn babies respond to hearing classical music.
Radio Show Feature Question for November 2015: How did Classical Music play a part of Dr. William Gust “Bill” Andberg’s life as a veterinarian, athlete, and musician and what musical instrument did he play?
Our blog celebrates the life and work of Dr. William Gust “Bill” Andberg born on June 8, 1911 to Helmi and Gustaf, Finnish immigrants, in St. George, Maine. He was raised in West Concord, New Hampshire with his brothers Eric and Harry. He was an excellent student in school, an athlete (two miler and pole vaulter in high school), and a talented violinist playing on a violin that his father, Gustaf Andberg, “made for him.” He also enjoyed singing in choirs. Throughout his life he was “passionate about music.” Bill composed a work for piano “Variations for piano”.
Bill earned his “B.S. in agriculture from the University of NH, a DVM degree from The Ohio State University (1939), and an M.S. in veterinary medicine, from the University of M. (1944).” In Anoka, Minnesota, in his solo veterinarian practice, he treated both small and large animals through his 88th birthday. In athletics he was “inducted into the University of New Hampshire Athletics Hall of Fame (1985), the Minnesota Track & Field Hall of Fame (1999), and the USA Track & Field Masters Hall of Fame (2000), and received many other recognitions.” He also excelled in cross-country skiing, golf, and bowling. In 1984 in Reno, Nevada he “won a national seniors bowling tournament”.
Dr. Andberg was proclaimed in the Marathon Handbook, at the age of 60, as “the fastest man of his age in the world. Through his 60s and 70s, he set 30 world and national age group records at many distances throughout the world.” Dr. Andberg ran 35 marathons.
Dr. William Gust “Bill” Andberg died on Dec. 11, 2007 at the age of 96 in Anoka, Minnesota. His wife Ruth passed before him. Dr. Bill Andberg is survived by four children, seven grand children, and eight great grandchildren. Dr. Andberg donated his body to medical science. He was “admired for his deep compassion for others, his long term friends, and his close friends around the world.” Dr. Andberg was an extraordinary veterinarian, athlete, musician, husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and friend.
“Connecting With Others” By Madeline Frank, Ph.D., DTM
Good relationships are all about connecting with others. How good are you at connecting with your family, your friends, and your team members at work?
Lady Jennie Jerome Churchill, the beautiful American mother of Winston Churchill, dined with two of England’s premier leaders, Benjamin Disraeli and his rival, William Gladstone, in the same week.
A journalist asked, “Lady Churchill what was your first impressions of the two men?”
Lady Jenny Jerome Churchill replied: “When I left the dining room after sitting next to Gladstone, I thought he was the cleverest man in England. But when I sat next to Disraeli I left feeling that I was the cleverest woman.”
Benjamin Disraeli on meeting the beautiful, Lady Jenny Churchill, wanted to know all about her. He asked her questions and listened intently to her replies. Disraeli wanted to connect with her and find common ground. Benjamin Disraeli said, “The greatest good you can do for another is not just share your riches, but to reveal to him his own.”
William Gladstone, on the other hand, talked about how brilliant and important he was to Lady Jenny Churchill. He was not interested in connecting with anyone else.
Which leader would you rather sit next to at dinner Disraeli or Gladstone?
The greatest connectors find common ground and lift others higher just like Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli did for Winston Churchill’s mother Lady Jenny Jerome Churchill.
Michael Deaver was deputy chief of staff for Ronald Reagan for 30 years. Deaver said, “Ronald Reagan was one of the shyest men I’d ever met.” Deaver was asked, “Why Reagan had such rapport with the press corps?” he replied, “Well, Reagan basically liked people, whether they were part of the press corps or whether they were just ordinary people. That comes through.” It was said that President Reagan cared about people and it did not matter whether they were a gardener, a secretary, or someone on his team. He treated them the same. Reagan “enjoyed being with people” and connected with them.
Deaver said, “Everyone liked being around Ronald Reagan because he loved people and connected with them. He understood that relationships were the glue that held his team members together- the more solid the relationship, the more cohesive his team.”
Dan Quiggle said, “Ronald Reagan spoke plainly and genuinely to the American people—from his heart and with genuine sincerity about what he believed was best for America and for the world.”
Benjamin Disraeli and Ronald Reagan understood about the importance of connecting with others. They cared about others, valued them, and wanted to know about them. They asked questions and listened attentively; wanting to find out answers and common ground with the people they connected to. Connecting is important at all levels of your life; with family members, friends, with other employees at work, or at school.
After two weeks of torrential rain and wind my family and I noticed cracks in the ceilings and several damp spots. When the rain finally stopped we called a friend and got a recommendation on a roofer he liked and trusted. We called the roofer and arranged an appointment in his busy schedule to show him the ceiling damage in the house to have our roof repaired.
My husband and I met the Roofer shook hands with him and showed him the ceiling damage in the house. He then asked us the following questions:
1) How old is this roof?
2)How often have you had it checked and repaired?
3)Do you have extra shingles?
We answered the Roofer’s questions. He then went up his ladder on the roof and photographed, with his phone, pictures of what needed to be repaired. He then showed the pictures to us and explained what needed to be done.
The Roofer said, “Your roof is in pretty good shape considering how so many other roofs have faired in this wet stormy weather. We will need to replace all the tiles missing in the pictures and caulk around a few areas on the roof and repair a gable.” He called us a few days later, to tell us how much it would cost. His price seemed reasonable and we agreed to it. He told us what day he would repair it and we left the shingles outside for him to do the repairs.
The Roofer called us after he completed the roof and said, “It will be raining Tuesday or Wednesday. Let me know if we have gotten all the leaks.” This Roofer understood how to connect with others and did the work as promised.
On February 20, 2015, five hundred of us trained with Dr. John Maxwell to be certified to join his John Maxwell Team. One of the most important rules he taught us was his “The 30 Second Rule”. “Within 30 seconds of meeting someone give them the “Triple A Treatment” – your attention, affirmation, and appreciation”.
Two of my favorite books of Dr. Maxwell are “Everyone Communicates, Few Connect” and “Relationships 101” .
So what are the three things you can do today to connect with others?
1) Connecting begins when you take an interest in others by asking them questions just like Benjamin Disraeli, Ronald Reagan, and the Roofer did.
2) Listening carefully to their responses, shows that you care and want to know all about them, and how you can help them.
3) As you connect with others you are finding common ground and building a relationship. Look for the best in others by saying positive things to them and lifting others up.
Zig Ziglar says, “Strong people don’t put other people down….they lift them up.”
“People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” This famous quote has been attributed to Teddy Roosevelt, Zig Ziglar and Dr. John Maxwell
So begin today connecting with others just like President Reagan, Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli, and the Roofer. © 2015 Madeline Frank
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“Raising The Spirit” (October 10, 2015) by Bruce Ridge from the “Allegro Magazine”. Classical music has the power to heal, educate, and give hope to the next generation. Mr. Ridge says, “In New Orleans, a music education program called Trumpets Not Guns is changing the lives of young people by offering them musical instruments as an alternative to violence. And recent polls show that a large majority of Americans believe that children should have opportunities to play musical instruments as early as elementary school, and that music and arts education are extremely important.” Inner city children in New York City are changing their lives by learning to play a musical instrument. In Philadelphia a soup kitchens has the Philadelphia Orchestra playing to raise the spirits of the homeless.
“Watch Unborn Baby Sing to Classical Music” (Oct. 12, 2015) by Rubelle Carmeli Tan from Health Aim Covering Health News.
“The scientists have found that the unborn babies started singing. Half of the babies in their study started to move their lips, opening them as if singing, and some were seen sticking out their tongues. As early in their week 16, the fetuses responded to classical music with movements of the tongue and mouth.” The researchers wrote, “Our initial hypotheses suggests that music creates a response which manifests as vocalization movements, as it activates the brain circuits to stimulate language and communication.”
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For over 25 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 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) 2015 Madeline Frank.