We are beginning a new school year which is a new opportunity to begin using classical music in the classrooms during class and in the hallways and on school buses to and from school. Classical music playing in the back ground helps students to relax, allowing them to concentrate and do a better job on their work.
The new school year is also a wonderful opportunity to start learning a musical instrument to learn discipline, cooperation, teamwork, motivation, concentration and self-esteem. Studying a musical instrument develops millions of new connections, synapses, between nerve cells in the brain. Many of the world’s scientists, doctors, teachers, authors and mathematicians are also musicians. July’s newsletter was a testimonial to the many Valedictorians, Salutatorians and grads of 2012 who are scholars and musicians.
Doctors have found power in having their patients listen and dance to Classical Music to improve motion and reduce tremors with Parkinson’s patients. Teachers are also using music to help them teach science, math and Geography in the Public Schools. Our “Question of the Month”, shares the story of Jack Benny.
If anyone has an experience they would like to share with our readers on the benefits of classical music please send it and we will include it in the October 2012 newsletter/blog.
September’s articles of the month: The following two articles by Dr. Madeline Frank will help you to be financially successful: “Are Your Finances a Mess? Budget for Success.”
“Guaranteeing Women’s Financial Success”
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Dr. Madeline Frank’s Musical One Minute Radio Show for September 2012:
How did Classical music play a part of Jack Benny’s life as a comedian of radio and television and what musical instrument did he play?”
Who was Benjamin Kubelsky?
Benjamin Kubelsky, better known as Jack Benny, was born on February 14, 1894, in Chicago, Illinois. His father was Meyer Kubelsky, a saloon owner and later a haberdasher, immigrated from Poland to America and his mother Emma Sachs Kubelsky emigrated from Lithuania, Russia to America.
As a child Benjamin, Jack, began studying the violin at 6 years old in Waukegan, IL and by the age of 14 he was playing in the high school orchestra and in local dance bands. His parents hoped he would become a concert violinist. He played his violin in vaudeville theaters at the age of 17 for $7.50 a week and played “in the same theaters as the Marx Brothers, whose mother Minnie was so enchanted with Benny’s musicianship that she invited him to be their permanent accompanist. The plan was foiled by Benny’s parents, who refused to let their son, then 17, go on the road, but it was the beginning of his long friendship with Zeppo Marx. .”
On the vaudeville circuit he began to work with the young singer and composer Ned Miller. They became lifelong friends and Miller would later be a part of Benny’s “The Jack Benny Program.”
How Benjamin Kubelsky changed his name to Jack Benny
Benny, a year later, “formed a vaudeville musical duo with 45 year old pianist, Cora Salisbury, a widow who needed a partner for her act. This provoked famous violinist Jan Kubelik, who thought that the young vaudeville entertainer with a similar name (Kubelsky) would damage his reputation. Under pressure from Kubelik’s lawyer, Benjamin Kubelsky agreed to change his name to Ben K. Benny (sometimes spelled Bennie).”
After Salisbury left Benny’s duo he added Lyman Woods, a pianist, and they called the new duo “From Grand Opera to Ragtime”. During the five years they worked together they played the top theatre for vaudeville the “Palace Theater”.
In 1917, during WW1, Benny joined the Navy and entertained the troops by playing his violin. During one evening the troops booed him and “fellow sailor and actor Pat O’Brien” suggested Benny “ad-libbed his way out of the jam and left them laughing.” This was the beginning of Benny’s comedy act with his violin.
“Amateur String Players: Pleasure Seekers”, Dec. 2008, by Martin Boyd from Strad Magazine.
After WW1, Benny began a solo act called, “Ben K. Benny: Fiddle Funology”. At this time another lawyer threatened to sue Benny as his client’s name was “Ben Bernie” and he was also a fiddle player. Benny decided to add the “sailor’s nickname Jack”.
Sam Lyons, Benny’s agent, in 1929 “convinced MGM’s Irving Thalberg to catch Benny’s act at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles.” Thalberg signed Benny up for his first film “The Hollywood Revue of 1929” and then “Chasing Rainbows”.
In 1932 Jack “was invited on to the Ed Sullivan’s radio show” and in 1933 he hosted “The Chevrolet Program”. From 1932 to 1948 he had a weekly radio show on NBC, “The Jack Benny Program” and it continued on CBS “from 1949 to 1955. It was consistently among the most highly rated programs during most of that run.” The show was so popular they repeated the radio shows as “The Best of Benny” from 1956 to 1958.
“The Jack Benny Program” became a television program from 1950-1965. Jack Benny played duets on his violin with President Truman on piano and with Jascha Heifetz on violin. Jack Benny married Mary Livingstone in 1927. Mary was an actress whose original name was Sadie Marks. Their daughter is Joan Naomi a writer and she has four children. Jack Benny was a lifelong violinist and comedian who died on December 26, 1974, in Beverly Hills, California.
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For more scientific evidence, medical evidence, test results, and true stories of the world’s scientists, medical doctors, and mathematicians who have studied and played musical instruments since they were children read “The Secret of Teaching Science & Math Through Music” by Madeline Frank, Ph.D. Click on the link:
“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. For more information click on the following link:
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