October 2014 is the eighth Anniversary of “Madeline’s Monthly Article & Musical Tips Blog” and the Seventh Anniversary of “Madeline’s One Minute Musical Radio Show”. This month our Radio Show and blog feature growing stronger and healthier plants through playing Classical and Baroque music. Also included are three articles “Teamwork Gets the Goal!” by Madeline Frank, Ph.D., DTM,  an article on how a failing school was turned around through music education, and an article on how music  improves memory for those with Alzheimer’s. 

Oct 2014 Feature Radio Show: How can plants grow stronger and healthier listening to Classical and Baroque music?


Our blog features how plants can grow stronger, healthier and faster listening to Classical and Baroque music.

In a recent article by Christopher Barnes entitled “Does Playing Classical Music to Vines Make for Better Wine?” Giancarlo Cignozzi , a lawyer and musician, in 1999 purchased a ruined crumbling farm estate with “vines in disrepair” south of Montalcino. His farm was located next to the “Brunello wineries.” Cignozzi says, “He fell in love with it, and decided to make it his home and his life.”

He decided to farm his vineyard organically he said to “ensure the best, most natural conditions for making great wine and to play Mozart’s music to his Sangiovese vines.”

Cignozzi says, “I thought putting music alongside the vegetation would certainly not hurt and might bring some pleasure, and that we would eventually observe some positive scientific effect.”

In an article by Jeremy Pound, “15 Unusual Uses for Mozart”, from BBC Music Magazine Pound says, “Cignozzi pipes Mozart’s opera over 56 speakers in his vineyards – the grapes ripen in 14 days as opposed to the normal 20 which, we learn, in turn increases the wine’s alcoholic content.”


Professor Stefano Mancuso, a plant neurobiologist at the University of Florence says, “It is not that the grapes are capable of understanding the music and appreciating Mozart. But they are capable of appreciating the sound vibrations and the frequencies.” He says, “The vines are affected by low frequencies between 100 and 400 Hz. The results are somewhat impressive with regard to the quality of the grapes. The most fundamental result is that the number of pathogenic attacks from insects have declined in a significant way.”

Hylton Applebaum, co’owner at DeMorgenzon Winery in South Africa plays, 24 hours a day, Baroque music to his vines. Christopher Barnes says, “Appelbaum is an authority on classical music and has studied its positive effects on natural life forms, including babies in utero and the production of vegetables and cow’s milk.”

DeMorgenzon’s winemaker, Carl van der Merwe says,“Appelbaum decided to introduce the concept to the growing of grapes, as well as the vinification and wine maturation processes. We have noticed more regulated growth patterns and a later budding date in the block exposed directly to the music. Grapes there ripen two-and-a-half weeks later and produce wine at lower alcohol—12.8% versus 14%.”

So put on Classical or Baroque music for your plants to grow stronger and healthier just like wine makers Carl van der Merwa, Hylton Applebaum, and Giancarlo Cignozzi.



“Teamwork Gets the Goal!” by Madeline Frank, Ph.D., DTM

Are the members on your team experts? Do they work well together?

In the recent 2014 movie, “The Hundred -Foot Journey”, the Kadam family from India moves to France and opens their restaurant 100 feet from “Madame Mallory’s” Michelin starred restaurant.

At first, “Madame’s” restaurant makes it impossible for the “Kadam Indian” restaurant to purchase food at the local markets on their opening night. The next incident, one of “Madame’s” Chefs, spray-paints the exterior wall and later firebombs inside the restaurant. Hassan, the cook and second son of Papa Kadam, stops “Madame’s” Chef but injures his hands.

The scene is a reminder of why they left India and came to Europe. In India, the Kadam family had a restaurant that was attacked by “firebombs” caused by “an election dispute”. The Kadam family moved their guests to safety however their cook, beloved wife, and mother, Mrs. Kadam dies.

“Madame”, the next morning after the “firebomb” incident at the “Indian” restaurant, asks her Chefs who is responsible for this damage? She fires the Chef.

“Madame” goes out to clean up the graffiti off the exterior walls. At this point, Papa Kadam goes out in front of his restaurant and begins talking to “Madame” as she is cleaning the graffiti off his walls.

“Madame’s” Chef Marguerite told Hassan, about how “Madame” auditions new Chefs by making an omelet. She has also loaned and given, Hassan, French Cook Books with the Michelin guidelines. Marguerite has been a friend, mentor, and teacher to Hassan.

“Madame” has an audition with Hassan and helps him make the omelet as his hands are burned. He picks out all the spices. She realizes his gifts as a Chef when she takes a bite of his omelet.

“Madame” hires Hassan to learn as a Chef at her restaurant and later he will leave for a well-known Paris restaurant and will later return to “Madame’s ” restaurant as Chef and partner with Chef Marguerite to add a new Michelin star to “Madame’s” restaurant. Papa Kadam and “Madame” are getting along and are helping each other to both have successful restaurants.

Both restaurants learn about helping each other to learn, grow, and change. By helping each other in a cultural exchange both restaurants are successful. They began as adversaries and grew into helping each other in a cultural exchange.

Everything in life is about connecting with others. None of us reach our highest potential without working with others cooperatively as a team.

At the Academy Awards every year, the winners are always thanking the other members on their team for making it possible for them to win. None of us win or succeed alone. It takes teamwork to get the job done.

Dr. John Maxwell asserts, “that one is too small a number to achieve greatness. You cannot do anything of real value alone.” Coach John Wooden says, “It takes ten hands to make a basket.” Each person on the team knows his or her job and works together for the goal of the team. Teamwork gets the job done. Teamwork makes it happen!

In 1979 the Pittsburgh Pirates won the World Series. Above their dug out it said, “Family”. Willie Stargell said, “We won, we lived, we enjoyed as one. We molded together dozens of different individuals into a working force.”

What are the three steps you need to know to build your team?

1) Each member of the team has a job they are expert at doing, and they do their job well. (No member of the team is a prima donna.)

2) Each team member works well with the other team members, and supports the other members of the team in harmony to reach their goal.

3) When a member on the team has a problem, each of the other members on the team listens carefully to help find the best solution. By working together, the team can accomplish any goal   set before it.

“Madame Mallery” and “Papa Kadam” learned these lessons over time. The winners of the “Academy Awards” have won time and time again by their knowledge of teamwork and their gratitude for it. Every winning team like the “Pittsburg Pirates” who won the “World Series” in 1979, has learned the lessons of putting together a winning team, and so can you by following the above three steps. Remember, “Teamwork” is the Legacy that Keeps Giving! © 2014 Madeline Frank

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“Using Research to Ensure an Education Program Actually Works” (May 30, 2014) by Katherine Damkohler, Executive Director, Education Through Music from the Huffington Post.

Ms.Damkohler says, “In the early 1990’s she was hired as the principal of a school slated for closure in one year. That’s not a job many people would want.”

That year she and her colleagues “ added one program, Education Through Music, which brought music education to all students in the school, as a core subject.”

Ms. Damkohler says, “She saw first-hand how introducing music education into the curriculum immediately brought excitement to the school. Students were more engaged, dedicated to their studies, with higher self-confidence and academic achievement improved overall. All of these changes happened with just the introduction of music education into the school.”

Adding this music education course to the educational program turned the school around and instead of closing the school they “decided to keep the school open.” Ms. Damkohler says, “The school won a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence Award from the U.S. Department of Education. This award was won, in part, due to the data that demonstrated the improved academic achievement of students.”

Ms. Damkohler says, “Over the past 20 years, we worked to bring the Education Through Music program to other schools, and today, we serve 15,000 students in 28 schools. As the program has grown, there has been much anecdotal evidence that the program is improving academic achievement.”


“5 Reasons Why Music Boosts Brain Activity” by Alissa Sauer (July 21, 2014) from the Alzheimer.com .

1) “Music evokes emotions that bring memories”, says Ms. Sauer. Neurologist and noted author, Dr. Oliver Sacks says that, “Music evokes emotion, and emotion can bring with it memory… it brings back the feeling of life when nothing else can.” Ms. Sauer says, “By pairing music with every day activities, patients can develop a rhythm that helps them to the recall the memory of that activity, improving cognitive ability over time.”

2) “Musical aptitude and appreciation are two of the last remaining abilities in dementia patients”, says Ms. Sauer. Linda Maguire, head author for the study says, “Musical aptitude and music appreciation are two of the last remaining abilities in patients with Alzheimer’s.” Ms. Sauer says, “Because these two abilities remain long after other abilities have passed, music is an excellent way to reach beyond the disease and reach the person.”

3) “Music can bring emotional and physical closeness”, says Ms. Sauer. In dementia patients during their later stages, they are unable to “share emotions”. Playing music they move and dance to, can lead to remembering past happy memories, hugs and affection.

4) “Singing is engaging”, says Ms. Sauer. When  patients are singing they are activating both sides of the brain and are therefore as Ms. Sauer says, “exercising more mind power than usual.”

5) “Music can shift mood, manage stress and stimulate positive interactions”, says Ms. Sauer. On the web site for the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America there are suggestions for music therapy. The Alzheimer’s Foundation says, “When used appropriately, music can shift mood, manage stress-induced agitation, stimulate positive interactions, facilitate cognitive function and coordinate motor movements.”

Dr. Sacks says music is “the profoundest non-chemical medication for his patients and music has the power to organize”. He also says, “Music gives us a sense of self.” So, play the music the patients loved best.

For a list of music for Alzheimer’s patients click on the following link:      http://www.alzheimers.net/2014-07-21/why-music-boosts-brain-activity-in-dementia-patients/



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Wishing you and your family a happy and October from Your Non-Invasive Medicine Music Expert, Madeline

Madeline Frank, Ph.D. an Amazon. Com Best Selling author for “The Secret of Teaching Science & Math Through Music” and “Musical Notes On Math“(teaching fractions and decimals to children K-5) winner of the Parent-to-Parent Adding Wisdom Award.         www.madelinefrankviola.com

For over 25 years, Dr. Madeline Frank has helped children and adults overcome problems through music. Dr. Frank, a strings teacher, college professor, researcher, speaker and concert artist 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) 2014 Madeline Frank.