We are dedicating this Mother’s Day blog to honoring women who are scientists, medical doctors, engineers, mathematicians, teachers, writers and musicians. These eminent individuals have integrated music into their thinking process. One mother recently said, “Mothers are the quiet unsung heroes!” Mothers are more concerned about their children’s needs then their own. (Selflessness) Mothers love their children with their whole heart and are willing to sacrifice for their children’s needs giving them unconditional love. Music is a powerful tool for motivating, inspiring, educating and soothing pain. Remember no one is immune to the power of music! Parents remember to have classical music on your family’s iPod
Our article of the month for May 2013: “Law School Homework at 8 Years Old” by Madeline Frank, Ph.D. My momma, Romayne Leader Frank shares her wisdom in this unique article. How to live your dream and get your children to do their homework. Where do you find your inspiration to accomplish your goals?
Our blog features Eve Curie who was an author, journalist, humanitarian, and concert pianist. Eve Curie was born on Dec. 6, 1904 in Paris to scientists Pierre Curie and Marie, Marya Sklodowska Curie. She was their youngest daughter. Her father Pierre Curie died when she was 2 years old after being run over in the street. It was said he was already suffering the side effects of working with radium and that’s why he had the accident and died.
At a very young age Eve began studying the piano. Her mother Madame Curie encouraged her to study the piano. Madame Curie saw the debilitating effects of the radium research on herself and her husband Pierre and would later see it in her older daughter Irene and her husband Frederic Joliot. She wanted her younger daughter to concentrate on the piano.
Eve Curie like Irene, her sister, attended Paris’s Collège Sévigné. She graduated in 1925 with her degrees in science and philosophy. In Paris in 1925 she performed her first concert. Eve also performed as a concert pianist throughout Belgium and France. During the 1920’s and 30’s Eve Curie was “considered to have been one of the most beautiful women in Paris.”
Madame Curie was frequently ill, do to her long years of working with radium. Eve nursed her and when her final illness occurred Eve was with her too! Marie Curie died on July 4, 1934. After her mother, Marie Curie’s death Eve decided to write a biography of her beloved mother. She withdrew from society moving to a small apartment to go through Marie’s letters and documents. Then she visited her mother’s family in Poland to find out more about Marie’s childhood. Eve Curie wrote her biography of her mother, “Madame Curie”, and published it in 1937. “Madame Curie” became a best seller and won the National Book Award. Later Eve Curie’s biography of her mother “Madame Curie” was filmed with Greer Garson and Walter Pidgeon in 1943.
Eve Curie would later write for French periodicals music criticism. She wrote a bestselling book, “Journey Among Warriors” in 1943 reporting on WWII. From 1945-1949 she ran the Paris Press, a daily newspaper. As adviser in 1952 “to the Secretary General of Nato” she met and married the US Ambassador to Greece Labouisse. During the 1960’s she worked for UNICEF in developing countries helping mothers and their children.
She was a lifelong musician playing the piano. Eve Curie Labouisse died at the age of 102 on October 22, 2007.
On March 31, 2013 “The Republic” newspaper of Columbus, Ohio published the article “Get the Bach Out of Here! Classical Music Used to Keep Loiterers Moving”. Outside the Down town YMCA two men were arguing and the Executive Director Darby of the Downtown YMCA turned up the volume of the Vivaldi “Four Seasons” on the exterior speakers attached to the building. The arguing men moved away. The Y has been playing the Classical music to stop crime since January every day from “6am to 10:30pm”. Since January at the Y, an iPod loaded with classical music has played repeatedly from 6 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. daily.
In the March 2013 issue of AARP Bulletin there was an article entitled “The Power of Music” by Sally Abrahms (pp.10-12). Gabby Giffords was helped to recover through music therapy. Music is a powerful force for treating illness, improving moods and calming agitated patients. Dr. Theresa Allison, M.D. is a specialist in geriatrics and musicologist. She is also an assistant professor at the University of California, San Francisco in Geriatrics Department. Her grandmother has Alzheimer’s and she sings with her grandmother and her patients to help them remember and to calm down when they are confused and frightened. She selects familiar songs that they enjoy and remember. As Dr. Oliver Sacks, noted neurologist and musician says, “It gives them a sense of self.”
Dr. Madeline Frank’s Musical One Minute Radio Show for April 2013
How did Classical Music play a part of Eve Curie’s life as an author, journalist, humanitarian, and concert artist and what musical instrument did she play?
“Law School Homework at 8 Years old” by Madeline Frank, Ph.D.
How to live your dream and get your children to do their homework. Where do you find your inspiration to accomplish your goals?
My Momma always wanted to be a lawyer like her Daddy, my Grandpa Leader. Year after year my Daddy said, “I’m sorry we just don’t have the money for you to go to law school maybe next year.”
My Daddy was a medical doctor, a surgeon, and his patients were fishermen and farmers so they paid him in vegetables or fresh fish. We always had plenty to eat just no money for law school.
My Momma had waited over eight years to go to law school and one day she made an appointment with the Dean of the local law school. The Dean said “If you can get A’s in both of these Law classes you will be given a scholarship to attend law school.”
Momma got A’s in both classes. She was willing to study hard to reach her dream. She had gotten into Harvard Law School years before, but my parents did not have the money for both of them to go to school at the time.
Momma arranged her law classes so she would be home when my older brother and I got home from elementary school. She’d have milk and cookies on the dining room table for my brother and I and she would join us with her coffee. We would all study together every day after school. Momma had her law books to study and my brother and I had our homework from elementary school to study. If you had a question Momma would say very softly, “How about opening your book and looking for the answer?”
As a child of 8, I remember thinking that it didn’t feel quite so lonely and awful anymore to sit and do our homework because Momma was right there with us doing her homework too. We worked together for three years until Momma finished law school at the top of her class.
My Momma, Romayne Leader Frank, was one of the first women to graduate Law School at the College of William & Mary Law School. She graduated at the top of her class. She practiced Family Law & Real Estate Law for 38 years helping others.
Strong lessons learned: My Momma dreamed of being a lawyer and though she didn’t have the money for law school she found a way to have her dream. She was willing to study hard to prove she was worthy of a Law scholarship.
My Momma believed in education and because she was sitting down to do her homework we would do ours too! Just by Momma being there you were encouraged to do your best because you knew Momma was doing her best.
My Momma taught us to never give up on your dream, whether it was to become a lawyer or inspire your children to do their homework. Momma taught us to keep looking and thinking and you will find a way to solve your problems and if you want something badly enough you will be willing to study and work hard enough to get it.
Momma was our role model. She was willing to lead us by example and show is how to study, how to learn, how to think, and how to reason out our problems.
My Momma never gave up on anything and neither should you! © 2013 Madeline Frank
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For more articles by Madeline Frank, Ph.D.:
Dr. Madeline Frank’s book “Leadership on a Shoestring Budget” is now available through amazon.com. Click on the following Amazon.com link to order your copy of “Leadership On A Shoestring Budget
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:
“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. Click here for Madeline Frank’s extended biography, reviews, and excerpts of “Madeline’s Midnight Melodies”. For your cd of “Madeline’s Midnight Melodies” click below:
“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: