Wishing you a New Year filled with hope, promise, new opportunity, and music! What one thing will you do to make it a great one? Remember to start your New Year right by listening to Classical and Baroque music which has the power to make you smarter, help you work faster with more accuracy, improves health and healing, and can prevent crime. Music is a powerful tool for motivating, inspiring, educating and soothing pain.

Our Blog and Radio Show features President John Quincy Adams. The article of the month is “Angel or Dragon: Who is Guarding Your Door?” by Madeline Frank, Ph.D., DTM. Also included is an article on the “5 Health benefits of Classical music” from the Tribune.

Dr. Madeline Frank’s Musical One Minute Radio Show for January 2015: How did Classical Music play a part of President John Quincy Adams’ life and what musical instrument did he play?


Our blog features President John Quincy Adams, Secretary of State, State Senator representing Massachusetts, served in the House of Representatives, American Minister to the European Countries England, Prussia, Hague, and Russia, son, brother, husband, father, grandfather, and musician who dedicated his life to helping others.

John Quincy Adams was born on July 11, 1767 in Braintree, Massachusetts to John Adams, later 2nd President of the U.S. and Abigail Smith Adams.

John Quincy Adams was the second of 5 children, the oldest son. He had two sisters and two brothers. John’s mother, Abigail Smith Adams, was “an advocate for education for woman equal to men’s education.” She was taught to read and write at home. Her father, William Smith was a Congregationalist Minister and her mother was Elizabeth Quincy whose father, John Quincy was colonel of the militia, Speaker of the Massachusetts Assembly for 40 years till his death, and was a member of colonial governors council. Abigail Smith Adams named their son John Quincy Adams after her grandfather, Colonel John Quincy two days before his death.

John Adams wrote to his wife, Abigail Smith Adams, from the second Continental Congress in Philadelphia in 1775 on “their duties, as parents, to educate a new generation of Americans.” John wrote: “Let us teach them not only to do virtuously, but to excel. To excel, they must be taught to be steady, active and industrious.”


John Quincy Adams began his international experience at the age of ten traveling with his father, John Adams to France “as a Commissioner to negotiate for peace with Great Britain.” During this voyage, across the Atlantic, lightning struck their ship, killing four-crew members. They were attacked by British ships and “survived a hurricane.” On the return voyage to America, several months after, the newly appointed “French Minister to the United States” traveled with John Quincy and his father, John Adams. John Quincy taught the new “French Minister” English and he in turn taught John Quincy French.

On November 1779 at the age of 12, John Quincy began writing in his diary, while traveling with his father, John Adams, on a second diplomatic mission, crossing the ocean to Spain. He would continue to write daily in his diary for over 68 years, recording the events of American history; he and others would journey through. The ship they were traveling on suddenly developed a leak. All aboard took turns pumping out the ship during the two-month voyage to barely reach the coast of Spain.

In February 1780, John Quincy attended Leyden University traveling from Paris to Holland.


John Quincy Adams was intelligent, hardworking man with “strong character and high principles.”


John Adams had his son, John Quincy, listening and observing his discussions with Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson. He saw first hand the events that were shaping America’s future.

From America his mother wrote him a letter urging him “to actively confront the extraordinary challenges that the times demanded, saying: “These are the times in which a genius would wish to live. It is not in the still calm of life, or the repose of a pacific station, that great characters are formed…. Great necessities call out great virtues. When a mind is raised and animated by scenes that engage the heart, then those qualities, which would otherwise lie dormant, wake into life and form the character of the hero and the statesman.”

John Quincy Adams in 1781, at the age of fourteen, traveled to Russia with Francis Dana, the U.S. Minister to Russia, as his French translator and secretary. While translating and writing for Dana he continued studying the sciences, languages, and history.

Two years later, in 1783, John Quincy traveled to France to serve “as an additional secretary to the U.S. commissioners in the negotiation of the Treaty of Paris that concluded the American Revolutionary War.”


In 1783 John Adams brought his family to France when he became the U.S. Minister to Great Britain. In 1784 John Quincy Adams traveled home to America to enroll at Harvard University. He was already fluent French, Latin, Dutch, Greek, and German.

John Quincy Adams began to study the flute after his cousin Billy Cranch purchased one for him in April 1786 in Boston. It was said, “His main interest was performing with the Musical Society, one of the many extracurricular clubs he joined at Harvard University.”

In the Adams Papers from the Journals and Correspondence,

John Quincy Adams wrote his sister Elizabeth, “That flute-playing was his “greatest amusement, and the chief relaxation after study.”

In the Europe cities of England, Berlin, and Paris music was an important part of daily life. John Quincy Adams while living in Europe learned to enjoy and appreciate music!


John Quincy Adams wrote in his Diary Vol. 2 from July 17, 1786:

“Mr. Cranch went to Boston. Miss P. Storer, N. Quincy and B. Apthorp, pass’d the afternoon, we play’d on the flute, on the harpsichord, and sung. There is always some fine music of one kind or another, going forward in this House. Betsey, and Miss Hiller finger the harpsichord Billy scrapes the Violin, Charles and myself blow the flute. Parson Wibird, was here all the evening.”


John Quincy Adams wrote the flute music he wanted to play with the Musical Society at Harvard University out by hand. The Adams editors said, “John Quincy Adams copied new tunes on various sheets of paper of different sizes, keeping them in order with page number and a number system for the tunes. Evidence that has come to the attention of the Adams editors suggests that Elizabeth C. Adams, daughter of Thomas Boylston Adams, John Quincy’s brother, may have distributed sheets of flute music to friends desiring mementos, just as she did with other manuscript pieces from the family collection.”


At the live auctions item 8572679 it stated,“Rare Autograph Music, unsigned, 2pp on single sheet, 9″x 5¼”. Two long double staves of music handwritten and titled by Adams “Lesson by Morelli” and a double stave titled “York Fuzileers. From a book of flute music copied / by John Q Adams Newbury Port 1782.” The auction also said , “The music was most probably penned by Adams at Harvard, 1786-87, while he was studying the flute, but may have been written at Newburyport while he was studying law.”


He graduated Harvard in 1787 and decided to become a lawyer like his father. John Quincy read law with Theophilus Parsons. “In 1790, John Quincy was admitted to the Bar in Boston and formally became a practicing attorney.”


John Quincy while practicing law wrote political articles supporting the Washington Administration’s neutrality policy in regard to the “war between France and England in 1793.”


John Quincy Adams was appointed U.S. Minister to Holland by President George Washington and John Quincy wrote many reports back with the diplomatic and military details, warning against involving America. In President Washington’s “Farewell Address” of 1796 he quoted several phrases by John Quincy Adams and said he is “the most valuable public character we have abroad.”

In 1797, his father, President John Adams the newly elected President, appointed John Quincy Adams U.S. Minister to Prussia. Prussia at that time contained parts of Germany and Poland.

Before beginning his new position John Quincy Adams married in England, Louisa Catherine Johnson, “the daughter of Joshua Johnson, who served as the United States’ first Consul to Great Britain. Louisa was born and raised in Europe and is the United States’ only foreign-born First Lady.” Louisa was very intelligent, charming, and warm person. She was a talented writer who wrote plays, poetry, and her autobiography. She spoke French like a native, and was an “accomplished harpist”. At the end of formal dinners she would have musical entertainment for her guests.


John Quincy Adams as the U.S. Minister to Prussia “successfully concluded a Treaty of Amity and Commerce in Prussia’s capital city of Berlin in 1799.” http://www.nps.gov/adam/jqa-bio-page-2.htm

In 1801 John Quincy Adams came home to Massachusetts and was elected in 1802 as a United States Senator.

President Madison appointed John Quincy Adams the first U.S. Minister to Russia in 1809:

Tsar Alexander of Russia “broke off his alliance with Napoleon.” He told Minister John Quincy Adams “Russia would do all in its power to further the interests of U.S.-Russian relations.” The Tsar kept his word to U.S. Minister Adams. United States became “Russia’s leading trading partner.”


-“ Minister John Quincy watched and reported to Washington of Napoleon’s invasion of Russia and the final disastrous retreat and dissolution of France’s grande armée.”

-“On the outbreak of war between England and the United States in 1812, John Quincy became involved in efforts to negotiate an end to hostilities. He was one of the U.S. representatives at these negotiations, .. in August of 1814, and resulted in the signing of the Treaty of Ghent on December 24 .. that ended the War of 1812.”    http://www.nps.gov/adam/jqa-bio-page-2.htm

– John Quincy Adams .. and two other U.S. representatives Henry Clay and Albert Gallatin negotiated a “Convention to Regulate Commerce and Navigation” with Great Britain.”       http://www.nps.gov/adam/jqa-bio-page-2.htm

John Quincy Adams served his last two years of “his long and brilliant career as a diplomat” as the U.S. Minister to England. His father, John Adams had held this post “after the American Revolutionary War with Great Britain.” John Quincy Adams’ son, Charles Francis Adams, would later serve as the U.S. Minister to England “during the United States Civil War.” http://www.nps.gov/adam/jqa-bio-page-2.htm

John Quincy Adams as Secretary of State for President James Madison:

“John Quincy’s service there, 1817-1825, has rightfully earned him standing as one of the United States’ finest Secretaries of State.”

– “He guided negotiations with Great Britain that resolved the remaining disputes between the two countries and began an era of friendly relations between both nations, which continues today. Included in the settlement was a prohibition on armaments, along the border of the United States with Canada that has made it the longest-lasting unfortified boundary in the world.”

– John Quincy Adams “ arranged for the purchase of Florida from Spain and negotiated a transcontinental treaty with that nation which established the boundary between Spanish and American possessions from the Gulf of Mexico to the Pacific Ocean.”


– John Quincy Adams “suggested and outlined” in 1823 the Monroe Doctrine. “It stated that further efforts by European nations to colonize land or interfere with states in North or South America would be viewed as acts of aggression, requiring U.S. intervention.”


As President, John Quincy Adams, “reduced the national debt from $16 million to $5 million”. During his term he built “the extension of Cumberland Road from Missouri to Ohio” and “several national roads and canals were built despite opposition from Congress.”


John Quincy Adams after his four years as President began his new career for 17 years as a Congressman in the House of Representatives in Washington, DC.

“He was an ardent opponent of slavery.” The Spanish slave ship, Amistad was returning to Spain when its passengers fought the crew and took over the ship sailing it to Long Island, New York. “John Quincy Adams successfully defended the Africans” on board the Spanish slave ship Amistad in Long Island, New York “as freemen before the Supreme Court in 1841.”


John Quincy Adams died on February 23, 1848 after having had a second stroke “protesting the U.S. -Mexican War” two days before “in the House of Representatives.” John Quincy Adams was a dedicated public servant to his last breath of life and a lifelong musician.



Angel or Dragon: Who is Guarding Your Door? By Madeline Frank, Ph.D.,

Who guards your office door? Is your employee an angel or a dragon? Will this person bring you more business or help you lose the business you have?

Near my home is a small department store that I enjoy shopping and purchasing from. Why do I like going in to this store? Because the sales clerks always greet me with a smile looking happy to see me, are dressed neatly and cleanly, making a nice appearance, and ask how I am. When I cannot find what I’m looking for, they are happy to show me where the product is located.

When I’m checking out a sales clerk will smile and ask, “Did you find everything you were looking for?” They always pack the items carefully in the bags as if they were their own. If I purchase a lot of heavy items and have several bags, one of the clerks will come over and hold the door for me to leave safely. These sales clerks care about their customers and have been well trained by the manager of the store.

I called a doctor’s office for an appointment and the receptionist answered the phone saying the doctor is all booked up. This doctor later told a friend of mine, “He did not have enough patients to cover his office expenses.” His receptionist was sending patients away! Do you know if your gate keeper is sending your customers away?

This gatekeeper was ruining this doctor’s business. When I couldn’t get an appointment with this doctor I called another doctor’s office and the receptionist who made appointments answered the phone with a smile in her voice and said, “How about next Thursday at 10:30am?” We booked the appointment.

So do you have a dragon guarding the door of your office or an angel?

What are the three things you should train your angels, your employees, to do at your business?

1)  Your employees should always wear a smile, dress neatly and cleanly with their hair combed, be polite and be helpful to their customers. My grandmother, Belle Shapiro Frank, a buyer for a women’s clothing store said it best, “Before you go out the door to work, look in your mirror. What do you see?”

2)  Your customer should feel like an honored guest in your business and your employees should speak to customers and their family members in a reliable and timely manner.

3)  If a customer calls your business to ask about a product or make an appointment your employee should smile into the phone, answer the question, or make the appointment and write it on your schedule.

To make sure you have your angel in place at the gate of your business have a friend call on the phone and visit in person to see if you have trained your employees, your angels, well!

If your friend calls your office during business hours and the answering machine is turned on saying, “ If this is an emergency call 911 otherwise your call will be returned in 24 to 48 hours”, make a note and tell your friend, the business owner, about the “dragon” at their door! It’s time for a change.

Remember it’s all about first impressions, connecting with your customers, and having them come back to your business and bring their friends. © 2015 Madeline Frank

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“5 Health Benefits of Classical Music” (Dec. 5, 2014) from The Express Tribune.

1) “Fights cancer: A study conducted by the Programme Oncobiology at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, the Fifth Symphony by Beethoven can cure cancer and restore health. The research comprised an in-depth analysis of the growth and destruction of MCF-7 cells, which are linked to breast cancer. By exposing these cells to the composition, two in five eventually died, which enthusiastically caught up. The study, which began in May 2010, aims at the development of new prospects for cure of malignant tumors using tones and frequencies.”

2) “Enhances mental alertness: A Northumbria University study found that Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, particularly the composition Spring, is beneficial for improving mental attentiveness and endorse a sense of vigilance. It played to test subjects with a lower IQ, those who were considered to be sluggish during tasks and questions, as opposed to the ‘control’ normal subjects, who responded averagely to general enquiry. The study inferred that the slower test group was able to respond to their tasks faster and more accurately when they were completing the test with Spring playing in the background.”

3) “Battles epilepsy: Researchers and doctors have carried out studies to discover how listening to Mozart may have an effect on people with epilepsy. In Taiwan, in 2011, 58 children with focal epilepsy were made to listen to eight minutes of Mozart K448 once a day. They then had EEG tests done after one, two and six months. For 47 of the children, each EEG test showed a further decrease in epileptiform activity. Further studies have focused on Mozart’s music to treat the disease.”

4) “Improves baby’s brainpower: Don Campbell, says, “Mozart’s music has an exceptional power of organizing and clarifying space-time perception. It demands that we look at how auditory stimulation, in the form of music, can improve language development and physical co-ordination as well as reduce stress levels in adults and children. Campbell’s latest book The Mozart Effect for Children, which includes CDs for children, his theories have made their way into educational and health policies. Parents have confirmed it has helped boost their baby’s smartness.”

5) “Relieves chronic pain: Classical harmonies can help tune out pain. A British team of researchers was able to reduce the amount of opiates given to people recovering from stomach surgery with a steady dosage of classical music. A study published in the Journal for Advanced Nursing showed that Sonata for 2 Pianos in D Major by Mozart, which is known to cause the ‘Mozart effect’, helps increase in spatial-temporal reasoning of the brain and numbs pain-inducing neurotransmitters thus, relieving unremitting aches.”


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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 now available in book form, newly updated as an e-book on Kindle, Nook, or iBook.


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Wishing you and your family a happy , healthy, and prosperous New Year from your Non-Invasive Medicine…Music Expert, Madeline

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) 2015 Madeline Frank.


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  1. Madeline I enjoyed your one fascinating minute on Adams. Have a meaningful and joyful Hanukkah and a2015.