We want to wish all of our readers a Happy July 4th! Remember to start your 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, soothes your mind and preventing crime. If school cafeterias and school buses played Classical Music, the students would be calmer and more focused without violent tendencies. Studying music is making a difference in the lives of top graduates across the country. June was graduation month for high schools, colleges and universities throughout the United States. Our amazing 2010 high school seniors are scholars and musicians. Included this month are several summer articles to improve your child’s study skills during the summer.
Dr. Madeline Frank’s Musical One Minute Radio Show for July 2010:
What are the 3 secrets Dr. Albert Einstein and I, learned from studying the violin and what three things can you do to find your inspiration and solve your problems?
Click here for Your Radio Show: https://www.madelinefrankviola.com/madelines-one-minute-radio-show/Question of the Month: “Did You Ever Fail Out of School?”
Albert Einstein as a child was a very poor student in school. His teachers said “he was too stupid to learn.” How did he become one of the smartest men of the Twentieth Century? As an 8 year old child, I was failing out of school. I was unable to read. How did I go from failing out of school to Carnegie Hall and a Ph.D.?
Albert Einstein as a child was an extremely poor student in school. Albert’s mother, Pauline Einstein never, never gave up on him. She was a pianist and she bought Albert a violin. As he learned to play the violin his mother would accompany him on the piano. His mother introduced him to his favorite composer Mozart. Albert studied the violin and became quite good at it. He found his inspiration to do his school work and to later solve his scientific investigations by playing on his violin. Dr. Einstein said, “Life without playing music is inconceivable for me. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music.”
As an 8 year old child, I was failing out of school. I was unable to read. My Momma, Romayne Leader Frank, “Never, Never gave up on me.” She tried every type of reading class available, and still, I was unable to read.
One of my passions at 8 years of age was climbing trees. I was your typical tomboy and I was fearless. For me no tree was too high. The only problem was I’d wind up being rushed to the hospital several times a week for stitches. The final time I was rushed to the hospital, after my reading class during summer camp, I had climbed a tall tree with nails and a board sticking out of the top of its trunk. As I came down the tree, I was scooped up by a camp counselor and rushed to the hospital. At the time I did not realize it, but blood was dripping down my leg. One of the camp counselors called my Momma. She drove for over 3 hours to the hospital and by the time she arrived she had decided it was time to “get me out of those trees, on the ground and finally reading.” By the time Momma arrived at the hospital she had decided that she would arrange for violin lessons for me if I would agree to give up climbing trees.
Momma knew I had wanted to study the violin for several years and at the hospital “I promised her” I would give up climbing all trees if she would arrange for violin lessons. As soon as I began to study the violin, I learned to hold the violin, to hold the bow, to read the notes on the page, and to play music. I also learned how to take care of my violin and bow and to clean it after playing it. That summer the light went on and I became a very good reader.
Albert Einstein’s Mother, Pauline Einstein and my Momma, Romayne Leader Frank believed in two things, unconditional love for their families and education. Our Mothers never gave up on anything and neither should you!
What are the 3 secrets Albert Einstein and I, learned while studying the violin?
1) How to concentrate, be disciplined, be cooperative, and stay motivated.
2) How to take care of our violin which taught us self esteem and self-worth.
3) How to read musical notes on the page taught us to read the words in a book.
These are the same character building traits American children need to be successful students in school. © 2010 Madeline Frank
This summer remember the “Importance of Summer Reading” for your child’s success! Your local library has a lot to offer your child.
“Do Students Lose Skills Over the Summer? (April 19, 2010) by Richart Stitt. “So, what could we do other than encourage our children to read during the summer? Enroll your child in a summer program to build reading or math skills. Buy math workbooks to focus on math computation skills, and use them a few hours each week. Do math drills online or get out the flash cards for younger” children. “When success in college is our goal, getting ahead in reading and math is the key. Losing skills over the summer only makes our job more difficult!”
“Avoid Summer Learning Loss: Four Tips for Fun Summer Learning” from TutorFi.com. The four tips are as follows:
1) Take your child to the library and find out about library programs for them. Let your child see you reading and have a reading time in your house with your children every night.
2) Are you planning a summer vacation away from home? Encourage your child to make a journal about the trip. This is a good way to practice writing skills. Have your child help map out the trip to practice math and science skills. Are you planning to visit historic sites? Have your child write about these as well. He or she could create a play and become a character from the historical time period. Encourage your child to write about his summer activities in addition to vacation.”
3) Have “your child help you cook meals for the family. This will “ practice math and science skills. Following a recipe is a good way to practice following directions. Most recipes have fractions for various amounts of ingredients. This, of course, is math practice.”
4) “Consider tutoring for your child during the summer months. Your child can practice skills learned during the school year and get a deeper understanding of the knowledge he or she acquired. Online tutoring offers a convenient option. Tutoring sessions fit more easily into your schedule. Online tutoring uses technology that students love, computers and the internet.”
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 August 2010 newsletter.https://www.madelinefrankviola.com/
“Hiding In the Spotlight: A Musical Prodigy’s Story of Survival” (C 2009) by Greg Dawson published byPegasus Books. Gwendolyn Dawson writes,“Hiding in the Spotlight tells the true story of two young Jewish sisters from the Ukraine. When their family is removed from its home and sent on a Nazi death march in the winter of 1941, piano prodigies Zhanna, 14, and Frina Arshankaya, 12, are spared through an exchange brokered by their father and a Ukrainian guard: the two girls are allowed to escape for their father’s pocket watch. Left without family, Zhanna and Frina reinvented themselves as orphans of a Red Army soldier and joined a troupe of entertainers. The sisters survived the war by performing for German soldiers and officers and living in constant fear of discovery of their Jewish ancestry.” To read the story of how playing Classical music on the piano saved Zhanna and Frina Arshankaya life click on the following amazon.com link:
“Making Music Is About Healing People: Music Is Medicine, Music Is Sanity” (June 22, 2010) by Robert Gupta from CNN, Los Angeles, California. Watch the video.
“2010 Academic Team has Best and Brightest” (June 4, 2010) by G. Scott Thomas from the Business First of Buffalo. “Leadership: This year’s honorees include 13 class presidents, 35 members of all-county or all-state bands or choruses, 45 captains of sports teams, and 47 heads of student clubs and organizations.”
“Monmouth-Roseville High School Lists Top Students” (June 3, 2010) from the Register-Mail Gailesburg.com. Out of 7 top students five are musicians and scholars from Monmouth. All five are National Honor Society members, Top Scholars, Academic Hall of Fame members and honor roll students. Meet the stars of Monmouth. Sarai Aceves played in the band as a Drum Major, participated in the “Science Olympiad , Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering Challenge Team, Spanish Club, Science Club,and Spanish tutor.” She plans to “attend Carl Sandburg College and transfer to a university to study medicine.”
Kianna Fowler sings with the Ecumenical Singers, is an Illinois State Scholar, member of the “Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering Challenge Team, Speech Team, Latin Club, and Drama Club”. She plans to “attend the University of Minnesota and study architecture.”
Megan Lyle plays in the band, Velocity. She is also a member of the following organizations: “Illinois State Scholar, Quill and Scroll, Academic Achievement and Excellence, Prairie State Achievement in Math, Science, Reading and Writing, Latin Club, Illiad editorial board,” and the Drama Club . She plans to “attend Monmouth College and major in biology and anthropology.”
Allie Phillips is a Majorette and Cantor, plays in the band, chorus, show choir, and Ecumenical Singers. She is a also a member of the following organizations: “IHSA Academic All Conference, Math Club, Spirit Club, FFA, cross country, basketball, track, softball, school musical,” and Drama Club, She plans to “attend Monmouth College and major in chemistry and go on to Ohio State University for dentistry and orthodontics.”
Jenni Winbigler is a Majorette plays in the band, is a cheerleader, and a member of the following organizations: “Illinois State Scholar, Academic Excellence, Prairie State Achievement – Math, Reading, Science, Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering Challenge Team, Latin Club, FCA, Science Club, yearbook, Iliad newspaper staff, Math Club, Spirit Club.” She plans to attend “Spoon River College for two years and transfer to Western Illinois University.”
“Academic Stars Say Extracurriculars Enhanced Their Lives and Educations” (June 4, 2010) by Betsy Hammond from the Portland News in Oregon. Joellen Sweeney, valedictorian at Cleveland High School says, “Some weeks it was difficult to get all my homework done, but being up on that stage and singing with those people is so worth it. Those things enliven me in a way that my other classes don’t. It’s not that I don’t have wonderful academic classes. I do. But the place where I really get to do the creative work that I like is in choir and in theater. There’s just nothing like working together as a team with a group of people to put on a show.”
“Top Portland-area High School Grads Chase Dreams, Not Dollars” (June 4, 2010) by Betsy Hammond,The Oregonian. Dana Metcalf, a valedictorian at Riverdale High is a singer and member of both the regular school Choir, the Honors Choir and the school musicals. She says these activities were very important to her. Dana said, “I am not going to college to major in something that will give me the highest possible income. I am going to college to find out who I am and discover what I can contribute to this world.” She plans to attend Dickinson College.
“Galesburg High School Seniors Lists Top 5% of Seniors” (June 4, 2010) by Nicholas Anderson from theRegister-Mail, Galesburg.Com. Three of these top students are scholars and musicians. They are all members of the National Honor Society, Galesburg Scholastic achievements, German National Honor Society, Principal’s Scholar, Illinois State Scholar and are on the high honor roll.
Sterling Kowalski in high school participated in the “German Club, marching band, pit orchestra, wind symphony.” He plans to “attend Knox College and major in psychology (pre-med) with minors in biology and German.” His “goal is to be a medical doctor.”
Anders Nelson in high school participated in the marching band (drum major), the wind symphony, “WB6 All-Academic team. German Club, G-Club, Artte Clubbe, Chemical Awareness and Resistance Education, Project Graduation, and varsity swimming.” Anders plans to “attend Monmouth College and major in mathematics. After college, I plan to teach or do something else involving math.”
Rachel Welch in high school participated in the band, the “All-State Band, German Club, Math Club, Key Club, Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering.” She plans to “attend Lawrence University, Appleton, Wis., and major in chemical engineering.”
“Top Area Graduates” (June 12, 2010) at four area high schools from Victoria Advacate.com. Salutatorian, Crystal Danielle Alvarado, Salutatorian, is a top scholar and musician plans to major in psychology and music therapy at St. Edward’s University-Austin.
Jacob Daniel Motl, Salutatorian, is a top scholar, mathematician, and musician. He plans to attend Texas A& M majoring in electrical engineering.
Kenna Denae Neitch, Salutatorian, top scholar and musician in band and chorus. Kenna plans to attend Texas Lutheran University in Seguin, majoring in English literature and to minor in music.
Megan Pavlicek, Salutatorian, top scholar, National Honor Society president, top musician, winner of the John Philip Sousa Band Award, and winner of Wendy’s High School Heisman School Award winner; Softball-first team all-district, second team all-state, all-tournament. Plans to “attend Blinn College in Schulenburg and transfer to Texas A&M University in College Station, major in accounting.”