We want to wish all of our readers a Happy Valentine’s Day! Remember to start your Romantic Day right by listening to Classical music which has the power to improve your mood, make you smarter, help you work faster with more accuracy, improves health and healing, grows healthier plants in fewer days, increases sales in stores, and can soothe your mind preventing crime. If school cafeterias and school buses played Classical Music, the students would be calmer and more focused without violent tendencies. This February article and Radio Show includes a tribute to my beloved father, Robert J. Frank, M.D. and includes his 7 tips for Educational Success.

Our poem for February is “Beautiful Dreamer” by Stephen Foster.


If anyone has an experience they would like to share with our readers on the benefits of classical music please send it and it will be include it in the March 2010 newsletter.

Madeline’s Musical One Minute Radio Show for February 2010

How does Classical Music play a part of Dr. Robert J. Frank’s life and what instrument did he play?
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Question of the Month:
Who was Robert J. Frank, M.D.?

Robert J. Frank was born on April 11, 1925 in Newport News, Virginia to Louis and Belle Shapiro Frank. As a child Robert studied the violin and was a voracious reader. In high school he doubled up on classes at Fork Union Military Academy so he could begin college earlier. He knew the value of education.

Robert worked as a waiter to pay his tuition for college. He earned his undergraduate degree in 1945 at 20 years of age and his Medical Degree in 1950 from the University of Virginia. While at the University of Virginia, Robert taught Physics classes while he was a student. He completed his Medical Internship in Boston, and finished his Surgical Residency on Long Island before returning home with his family to practice. For over 45 years, Dr. Frank saved and improved the lives of thousands of patients throughout Hampton Roads.

My father, Dr. Robert J. Frank was my hero. He was a healer of patients. Every day he saved the lives of his patients. When the Pathologist at the hospital said there was no hope for a patient because of the numerous tumors, my father, Dr. Frank said, “Just show me where all the tumors are and I will remove every one of them.” He never gave up on saving the lives of his patients.

One of his patients remembers him humming softly to himself Classical music while beginning a surgical procedure.  The Anesthesiologist said to the patient “You are getting a good send off.”

He was happily married for more than 54 years to the love of his life, my beloved Mother Romayne Leader Frank, who practiced family law and real estate until her passing in 2003. My parents, Robert and Romayne founded R&R Construction and developed it into a thriving business in real estate development. Later their children and friends joined them. Dr. Frank led the firm as it constructed dozens of buildings from Oyster Point to J. Clyde Morris Boulevard, and in Hampton, James City County, and Isle of Wight.

My parents Robert and Romayne Frank brought new businesses to the Cities where they constructed new buildings. They also brought many new jobs and more taxes into these Cities.

My beloved father, Dr. Robert J. Frank was a brilliant man with a warm heart and wonderful sense of humor. He loved and cared for his family , friends, and his patients. He taught his 4 children and grandchildren the value of education, hard work, and service to others. His hobbies were gardening, taking his children and friends fishing and teaching his grandchildren to play chess. My father, Dr. Robert Frank’s brilliant light left our lives on the evening of Dec. 24, 2009.

Dr. Robert J. Frank gave his oldest grandson, Jeffrey a list of does’ and don’ts for Educational Success.

  • You must sacrifice your time for education. Avoid friendships, roommates, and relationships that encroach on your education.
  • Live as close to the library as possible and go there to study. Schedule your studies for regular intervals. Obtain as many old exams as possible and practice with them.
  • Never pass on any difficult part of the course material. Investigate it as long as necessary when you first encounter it, because it is certain that everyone else has difficulty with it too, including your instructor so it will definitely be on the test.
  • When you study or do group work, choose someone smarter and harder working than you.  You want to work with teachers, not students.
  • Read ahead of the lecture so that you can understand what the instructor is saying.
  • Don’t worry about past performance.  Either work harder in the future, or if you are truly unable, then there is nothing to worry about since it is out of your control.
  • When it comes to mechanical activities such as surgery, repeat the activity as consecutively as your stamina will allow.

“Music Therapy Can Relieve Tinnitus Stress: The conclusion belongs to a new scientific study” (Dec. 31, 2009) by Tudor Vieru, Science Editor from Softpedia.

On Monday German researchers released a new paper “that custom music therapy could relieve tinnitus. The condition refers to when people experience ringing in their ears, without any external source creating the noise. This sound running in the background is experienced by most individuals after a loud concert, but in some cases it is permanent. The German group believes that music therapy, specifically tailored for each patient, could ease the condition.”


“Music Program Gets Applause and Gifts” (Dec. 18, 2009) by Cathy Grimes from the Daily Press in Newport News, VA.  A new music program was started for first graders at Carver Elementary School. Principal Alicia Spenser volunteered her school to begin the new program. The program is after school and the “students meet for two hours three days a week.”  Students began the year “with bucket-drums and their own voices.” They will also learn “recorders, string instruments and horns.” The program is based on the program developed by the Baltimore Symphony and the Venezuela’s El Sistema Youth Orchestra.

“Health Care Suites” (Jan. 5, 2010) by Kaye Spector from the  Plain Dealer, Cleveland.com.
“Kaiser Permanente doc Eric Roter has come up with a unique, original way to mesh his two passions — medicine and music — while helping worthwhile health care causes.”

Roter, an accomplished cellist was trained at the Juilliard and Manhattan School of Music in New York City. After finishing music school he went on to Case Western Reserve University to become a medical doctor.

Dr. Roter “recently created 36 videos of himself playing J.S. Bach’s masterpiece “Cello Suites” against a backdrop of footage he shot in Manhattan.” His masterful cello playing can be viewed on the  Bach to Health website.  “Each video is tagged to a different charity, such as the Spina Bifida Foundation, the ALS Association or Prevent Blindness America.” During each video “information about the health care issue is displayed” and  “viewers are invited to donate.”


This February if you have a question about the power of music for education and healing … what would your specific question be?  Click on the link below and look on the left side to where it says ask Madeline a question: www.madelinefrankviola.com

Wishing you and your family a very Happy Valentine’s Day from your Non-Invasive Medicine…Music Expert, Madeline