Our August blog features “First Day of the School Year Scripts” by Drs. Harry and Rosemary Wong to help you get ready for your new first day of school. Also included are the Wong’s lessons on “Procedures”, Dr. Frank’s, “10 Creative Ways to Inspire Students & Curb Teachers Burn Out!” and Mrs. I, a fourth-grade teacher shares how she prepared for her first day of school.”

Our blog and Radio Show celebrates the life and work of Dr. Monica Garnache, Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry, musician, mentor, wife, and mother.

The beginning of the new school year is a new opportunity for students to begin studying a musical instrument. Studying a musical instrument teaches students to concentrate, be focused, be discipline, gives them self-esteem, teaches cooperation and working with others. Many of the world’s scientists, medical doctors, dentists, teachers, CPAs, and mathematicians 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. Two articles are included on the benefits of studying a musical instrument to improve scholastic achievement and also an article on surgery to remove a brain tumor and the patient played her flute during the operation. To find out “why” read the summary.

Drs. Harry & Rosemary Wong’s “First Day Of School Scripts”:  



“Middle School Script”:



“High School Script”:



Dr. Harry Wong says, “The very first day, the very first minute, the very first second of school, teachers should begin to structure and organize their classrooms, to establish procedures and routines.”

Dr. Rosemary Wong was asked to “give an example of what you mean by procedures?” She responded, “ … if you could close your eyes and say to yourself, “This is something I’d like to have happen in my classroom,”…. then you need to come up with a procedure for it. ..You need to teach the procedure, and there are three basic steps to doing that. The first is to explain it. The second step is rehearsing it, physically going through the procedure and making corrections as needed. And the third is reinforcing it, which you can do by acknowledging that the procedure is being carried out correctly.” Remember to teach all “three steps”. The Wong’s said, “Classroom procedures should cover every second of the school day including what students are to do as they enter the classroom, how they are to be dismissed, and how they are to label and turn in their homework.”

Drs. Harry and Rosemary Wong said they “start by greeting your students at the classroom door each day. Choose one of the “three H’s” every morning: a handshake, high-five or hug.” Have “bell work” or short assignments posted on the board prior to the start of each day. Bell work, even if it’s something simple as silent reading gets students into work mode right away. Posting a daily agenda every day in the same place every day, eliminating questions.”

What procedure do the Wong’s use to quiet their classes?

In their book the technique is called ‘Give Me Five’. “1) Eyes on Speaker, 2) Quiet, 3) Be still, 4) Hands free, 5) Listen. In five seconds, the class is quiet.”

Radio Show Feature Question for August 2018:  How does classical music play a part of Dr. Monica Garnache’s life as a Dentist, mentor, and musician and what musical instruments does she play?



Monica Garnache’s Growing Up Years: Two Dreams:
“Around 5-years old she had a tooth knocked from the front of her mouth, and as a result, spent a good amount of time visiting the dentist. While most might look back on the experience as a negative, Garnache enjoyed the visits.”


Garnache says, “It probably had to do with the fact that I also got little treats and prizes when I went to the dentist,” she recalls, laughing. “But I always felt good when I was at the dental office, and I had a good rapport with him.”

Monica began studying music at 6 years of age and she was an excellent student throughout school. In high school she “won several scholarships” for playing the French horn. She said, “the lure of a career in music was still too strong.”

Music Conservatory:

Monica Garnache graduated from the San Francisco Conservatory of music with a performance degree on the French horn.

After earning her degree, she went to live in South Africa for one year to play Principal Horn in their orchestra to gain experience. Then she returned to the Bay Area to play for “virtually   every orchestra in the Bay Area other than the San Francisco Symphony. She also taught music privately.”  She continued her orchestral career for 10 years.



Changing Careers:

Monica says of her musical career, “It just wasn’t the long-term life that I wanted for myself.”

She decided to return “to her original dream of a career in dentistry.” She was encouraged by a family friend “to apply to Tuffs University in Massachusetts.”

Monica said, “I had to give up my (music) jobs to go back and do my pre-requisites, because I had to do four years of pre-requisites before I even got into dental school.” She says, “I’m pretty determined when I make up my mind.” Monica Garnacheearned her Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) degree at Tufts Universityand “opened her initial practice in New Hampshire..in part to the backing of Aspen Dental”.

Dr. Garnache says, “I really liked the way they operated, and their support. They were just way more supportive than I would have imagined. From the very beginning, it always seemed they were looking out for us in a way I had never thought was possible.”

For family reasons she “relocated to San Francisco” opening “a practice locally,but soon realized the market was oversaturated. She eventually moved to Oregon” rejoining Aspen Dental. In 2014 she became a practice owner.
She says about the Aspen Dental, “It was their model and their mission of access to care. It felt great to be able to help so many people. I just fell in love with the Aspen model.”

Playing Music:

She plays mostly on the trumpet today. She jumps “in to play or help record with her husband’s band but says it’s mostly for fun and relaxation.” She also supports the local symphony.



Dr. Monica Garnache is a Dentist, musician, mentor, wife, and mother. She is dedicated to helping others.


Dr. Frank’s, “10 Creative Ways to Inspire Students & Curb Teachers Burn Out!”

  • 1) Effective teachers and administrators agree to have“an assignment on the board” for students to start on the second they walk into the new classroom.
  • “A well-planned lesson eliminates 90% of discipline problems.”“Before your first day of school have your “First Day of School Script” ready with the “Procedures” you will use for your class and implement them by rehearsing your class until all the students know your procedures and understand them.  *Example: What is your procedure for students having a cell phone in class?   -In your “Procedures” include Mrs. Hamilton’s definition of “Character”. “Character is knowing the right thing to do, doing the right thing even when no one is watching, and taking the consequences for what you do. The first step to develop character from the First Day of School is to teach that definition, and challenge students to build walls of character around themselves in the weeks ahead.”
  • Remember to decide your procedures and teach them to your class on the first day of school. Harry K. Wong and Dr. Rosemary Wong’s book “The First Days of School: How to be an Effective Teacher” is a must read for all teachers’.

 . Have your smile in place, your student’s seat assignments ready, and your first assignment on the board for the students to get started immediately after sitting down and have your classical music, Mozart Symphony or string music by Baroque composer J. S. Bach (slow movement with strings) on in the background of your classroom.

School starts the first minute the students enter for the new school year. Be prepared! Start preparing and rehearsing this summer. Remember students need to feel safe and secure! They need procedures.

2) Before the first day of school decide how you are to dress for success in bright colors to get your students attention. Remember first impressions are the most important.

3) Do you remember the middle school and high school Chemistry and Math teachers playing Classical Mozart Symphonies in the background of their classes and how much better behaved and smarter the students became? Well you can do this too! Put on your Classical music and help your students get smarter, work faster, and calmer.

4) Don’t just lecture tell a story. Make the material visual. Be creative by becoming a teaching artist! Example: Dr. Madeline Frank’s “Musical Notes On Math”, teaching fractions and decimals to children in K-5 through the rhythm of music, Winner of the Parent-to-Parent Adding Wisdom Award. https://www.madelinefrankviola.com/musical-notes-on-math

5)  Make your course come alive. Make it fun to learn. Remember that Alicia Keys and Dr. Condoleezza Rice both studied the piano learning Classical music and skipping grades in high school. They were both at the top of their high school classes all through school because they played Classical music every day. Playing Classical music made them smarter! Dr. Albert Einstein was able to win his Noble Peace Prize and make his scientific discoveries by playing Classical music on his violin or piano every day. Dr. Judith Resnik astronaut and electrical engineer made perfect scores on her SAT’s through playing her Classical piano music every day for one hour. Louis Armstrong learned Classical music on his cornet at age 13 and his life was changed forever! Your students can be smarter too by playing Classical music every day!

6) Involve your students in your course by posing a problem and helping them solve it! Make them into detectives. (Sherlock Holmes and his side kick Dr. Watson) Help your students work cooperatively. (In a musical String Quartet, members work together cooperatively with set goals and without violence.) Put on your Classical music to help your students concentrate better. Mark Reimer & Mrs. Adlyn Reimer said to “Set the tone from the beginning—your class/rehearsal style is fun, informative, and fast moving, and everyone there is important to you.”

7)  Help your students gain self-esteem and self-worth by showing them kindness & patience.

8) Romayne Leader Frank, Mother, friend, Family Advocate, teacher, & Lawyer, always said, “Every child has one gift.” Find that gift and accentuate it!

9) Dr. Frank’s favorite saying is “every student is a gem in the raw.” Start with that thought and work with your students. Believe that each of your students, on the first day of school, wants to learn your course and desires to learn.

10)  Does anyone here like to work? No, then make it fun to learn. Put on your Classical music or Baroque music string music! © 2018 Madeline Frank


Remember on your First Day To:

Have your Classical music/ Mozart Symphonies on your CD or iPod before your students enter your class to improve their concentration, for them to stay focused, relaxed, work faster, and remember more. On your first day of school have your “First Day of School Script” ready and rehearsed. “Have your “bell work” or short assignments posted on the board prior to the start of each day and post a daily agenda every day in the same place.” Be prepared! Have a smile on your face and put your best foot forward!

Students: Classical music has the power to organize the brain while listening to it as background music while you are doing your homework, to help you relax after a hard day of work or while doing exercises. Begin listening or playing your musical instrument for 30 minutes at a time. It helps because of its highly developed mathematics , complex rhythm, and therefore exercises the brain as physical exercise exercises the body.

Mrs. I, a fourth-grade teacher, lists below how she used Dr. Frank’s creative tips from “The Teacher’s 11 Secrets to Success” and “10 Secrets to Stop Students Boredom, Inspire Them & Make Them Smarter” during her August-December public school classes.”

1) Mrs. I began preparing for her new students, a month before the semester began, by studying their files, to more effectively deal with their problems.

2) On the very first day of school, students were informed about procedures and practiced them.

3) Mrs. I dressed appropriately and at times dressed to reflect the theme of the lesson or story.

4) Mrs. I prepared daily so that time was spent on learning activities and not preparation during school time.

5) She encourages her students to do well and gives examples that students can relate to of why it is important to do well and stay in school.

6) Students know that Mrs. I take’s an interest in them and tries to see the good in each student and looks for positive things to say about her students.

7) Classical music is played. This helps students quiet down, stay calm, and focus more on their work with fewer distractions. They really enjoy the Classical music and ask for it.

8) Students are spoken to in private, concerning behavioral issues and are not embarrassed in front of other students.

9) Cooperative learning groups and differentiation are used in the classroom. Students get to be a part of completing tasks successfully as a group in a fun but challenging atmosphere.

10) Articulation, inflection, and timing are encouraged when reading and when learning key phrases and clues.

Mrs. I says, “That by using Dr. Frank’s tips, a classroom environment is created where students want to come to school. They enjoy learning, and every child finds a measure of success.”


“Scientists Just Discovered an Amazing Benefit to Giving Kids Music Lessons” (June 27, 2018)by Peter Dockrill from Science Alert. “For the study, Desimone’s team – including MIT scientists and researchers from Beijing Normal University – recruited children from the Chinese education system, with the support of education officials who wanted to see how music learning might boost their academic results.”

“The 4- to 5-year-old Mandarin-speaking children in the study were randomly divided into three groups. One group received a 45-minute piano lesson three timesa week, while another received extra reading instruction classes. The third group acted as controls, taking no extra lessons beyond their usual routine. The classes lasted for six months.”

Conclusions: “Piano training enhances the neural processing of pitch and improves speech perception in Mandarin-speaking children.” Study by: Yun Nan, Li Liu, Eveline Geiser, Hua Shu, Chen Chen Gong, Qi Dong, John D. E. Gabrieli, and Robert Desimone.




“How Music Lessons Can Improve Language Skills” (June 25, 2018) from Science Daily. Source: MIT.

New study by researchers links piano lessons, given to kindergarteners , with improved word recognition and understanding.



“Musical Surgery: Flutist Plays Bach & Mozart As Doctors Cut Out Her Brain Tumor” (June 30, 2018) from RT.com. “She opted to stay awake for the surgery; if asleep, the patient runs a higher risk of losing brain function in the procedure.”



 “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 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:

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Wishing you and your family a happy August 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) 2018 Madeline Frank.