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, in the lunch room, and on school buses to and from school. Classical music played in the background helps students learn to relax, allowing them to concentrate and do a better job on their work. Start preparing now for your first day of school. Dr. Frank’s, “10 Creative Ways to Inspire Students & Curb Teachers Burn Out!” are included in this newsletter with her “10 Secrets to Stop Students Boredom, Inspire Them & Make Them Smarter” and her “Nine Management Secrets for Health Care Professionals”. 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 2009 who are scholars and musicians. Dr. Frank’s 10 Musical Tips to start your new school year are included in this issue.
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 September 2009 newsletter.
Madeline’s Musical One Minute Radio Show for August 2009
Click here for the video of Dr. Madeline Frank , violist, performing the theme to Dvorak’s New World Symphony followed by the important story of “First Impressions” on the First Day of School.
Learning Responsibility is vital to our teenagers! “Remind yourself often of the saying: “No responsibility without accountability”
“Responsibility in the News!” (May 2009) by Elizabeth Hamilton author of “Character-in-Action Books” from her monthly “Character Builder Newsletter”. As a teacher, principal, and parent, Mrs. Hamilton “knows that the first step, to teaching responsibility, is to “set high expectations for yourself as a parent or teacher. High expectations push people to get more done. Set high expectations for your students, expect them to do good work and earn every grade they get. Make yourself do every task to the utmost of your ability. Teachers have a duty to their students.” Teachers “help students learn to do everything assigned to them in the best way they are able. When students “listen in class, they should listen as hard as they are able to listen and strive to do their best when solving math problems.” Each of Mrs. Hamilton’s articles is a blue print on how to re-build character for improving your teen’s behavior. For your own copy of the “Character Builder Newsletter” and Elizabeth Hamilton’s “Character- in –Action Books” click on the following link:
Teachers start preparing now for your first day of school:
On April 28, 2009 at 7pm, Dr. Frank shared her “10 Creative Ways to Inspire Students & Curb Teachers Burn Out!” on Walden University’s Alumni Lecture Series. To hear the pod cast & see the note slides click on the following:
Dr. Frank’s, “10 Creative Ways to Inspire Students & Curb Teachers Burn Out!”
1) Before your first day of school have your “First Day of School Script” ready with the “Procedures” that you will use for your class and implement them by rehearsing your class until all the students know your procedures and understand them.( Example: What is your procedure for students having a cell phone in class? Decide your rule for each of your procedures and teach them to your class on the first day of school.) Harry K. Wong and Rosemary Wong’s book “How to be an Effective Teacher the First Days of School” is a must read for all teachers’. Here are a few of the Wong’s articles: “Effective teaching”:
http://teachers.net/wong/FEB09/ (For Elementary School Routines & Procedure Power PT. click on middle of the page for power pt.)
“A First Day of School Script”
“Teaching Procedures is Teaching Expectations” says, H. & R. Wong
“Stress Free Teacher” (Middle School):
Middle School/High School script:
The Wong’s say “The First Five Minutes are Critical”
(Have your smile in place, your student’s seat assignments ready, and your first assignment on the board for the students to get started immediately after sitting down and have your classical music on in the background.) * School starts the first minute the students enter for the new school year. Be prepared! Start preparing and rehearsing this summer. Remember students need to feel safe and secure! They need rules.)
2) Before the first day of school decide how you are to dress for success in bright colors to get your students attention. Remember first impressions are the most important.
3) Do you remember the middle school and high school Chemistry and Math teachers playing Classical Mozart Symphonies in the background of their classes and how much better behaved and smarter the students became? Well you can do this too! Put on your Classical music and help your students get smarter and work faster.
4) Don’t just lecture tell a story. Make the material visual. Be creative by becoming a teaching artist! Example: Dr. Madeline Frank’s “Musical Notes On Math”, teaching fractions and decimals to children in K-5 through the rhythm of music,Winner of the Parent-to-Parent Adding Wisdom Award.
Tips on how to use “Musical Notes On Math”https://www.madelinefrankviola.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/pg47.pdf
5) Make your course come alive. Make it fun to learn. Remember that Alicia Keys and Dr. Condoleezza Rice both studied the piano learning Classical music and skipping grades in high school. They were both at the top of their high school classes all through school because they played Classical music every day. Playing Classical music made them smarter! Dr. Albert Einstein was able to win his Noble Peace Prize and make his scientific discoveries by playing Classical music on his violin or piano every day. Dr. Judith Resnik astronaut and electrical engineer made perfect scores on her SAT’s through playing her Classical piano music every day for one hour. Louis Armstrong learned Classical music on his cornet at age 13 and his life was changed forever! Your students can be smarter too by playing Classical music every day!
6) Involve your students in your course by posing a problem and helping them solve it! Make them into detectives. (Sherlock Holmes and his side kick Dr. Watson) Help your students work cooperatively. (In a musical String Quartet members work together cooperatively with set goals and without violence.) Put on your Classical music to help your students concentrate better.
7) Help your students gain self-esteem and self worth by showing them kindness & patience.
8) Romayne Leader Frank, Mother, friend, Family Advocate , teacher, & Lawyer, always said “every child has one gift.” Find that gift and accentuate it!
9) Dr. Frank’s favorite saying is “every student is a gem in the raw.” Start with that thought and work with your students. Believe that each of your students, on the first day of school, wants to learn your course and desires to learn.
10) Does anyone here like to work? No, then make it fun to learn. Put on your Classical music!
A recent survey asked public school students in grades 5-12, what characteristics make a good teacher.
Many students said a good teacher “is passionate about their subject, has the intelligence to inspire students to learn by keeping the class material fresh and interesting by making the class seem to go by faster and getting all the students involved.” A good teacher “listens and cares about their students never raising their voice and is willing to help any student who needs help.” A good teacher “thoroughly explains the subject matter is always patient and never makes fun of any student. A good teacher has a good sense of humor and tells good jokes to help teach the material.”
For all students from Dr. Frank’s “10 Secrets to Stop Students Boredom Inspire Them & Make Them Smarter”
1) Have your Classical music on your CD or iPod to improve concentration. Stay focused, relaxed and remember more. On your first day of work, school or shopping have your materials ready…paper, pencils, pens, notebooks, and calculators. Be prepared! Be on time! Don’t be late! Have a smile on your face and put your best foot forward.
2) Dress for success. Remember first impressions are the most important.
3) Be a detective like Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson! Think of the right question by putting your classical music on to help you think better like Einstein, Schweitzer, Condoleezza Rice, Judith Resnik, Louis Armstrong and Alicia Keys.
4) We remember the stories of Albert Einstein, Louis Armstrong and Condoleezza Rice. Their stories are easy to remember and with humor the story is even more powerful and visual. So, use stories to help you remember and put on your Classical music to help you get smarter.
5) Romayne Leader Frank, Mother, friend, Family Advocate, teacher & Lawyer, always said “every child has one gift.” Find that gift by playing classical music!
6) Dr. Frank’s favorite saying is “every student is a gem in the raw.” Each of you is a gem! Believe in yourselves and put on your Classical music to help you!
7) Do you remember the workers at IBM, Audi, AT & T, and Hallmark and how they grew calmer and were able to concentrate more and work faster and more accurately through listening to Classical music? Well you can do it too! Put on your Classical music CD.
8) Do you remember the middle school and high school Chemistry and Math teachers playing Classical Mozart Symphonies in the background of their classes and how much smarter the students became? Well you can do this too! Put on your Classical music and get smarter and work faster!
9) Remember that Alicia Keys and Dr. Condoleezza Rice both studied the piano learning Classical music and skipping grades in high school. They were both at the top of their high school classes all through school because they played Classical music every day. Playing Classical music made them smarter! Dr. Albert Einstein was able to win his Noble Peace Prize and make his scientific discoveries by playing Classical music on his violin or piano every day. Dr. Judith Resnik astronaut and electrical engineer made perfect scores on her SAT’s through playing her Classical piano music every day for one hour. Louis Armstrong learned Classical music on his cornet at age 13 and his life was changed forever! You can be smarter too by playing Classical music every day!
10) Dr. Frank asks her children to remember one thing “If I take this action will it make me proud?
For all health care professionals from Dr. Frank’s “Nine Management Secrets for Health Care Professionals”
1) Before your first day working with your new clients, “Design Your Treatment Plan” with your “goals and objectives” clearly stated. You will have to plan this in advance. Decide on your procedures- rules- and how the first minute you will start to work on teaching your client the way you want their plan of treatment to begin. Clients need to feel safe and secure. When you arrange an appointment with your client be on time! “Consistency is very important.” Have your smile in place, your first objective ready, and have your classical music on in the background.) * Your session begins the first minute the client enters your room. Be prepared! Start preparing and rehearsing this summer.
2) Before the first day of working with your client decide how you are to dress for success in bright colors to get your clients attention. Remember first impressions are the most important.
3) Have Classical Music on in the background to relax by, sooth your clients, and to improve concentration.
4) Don’t just lecture tell them a story. Make it visual. Be creative! Become a teaching/Artist.
5) Make your material come alive. Make it fun to try something new!
6) Help your clients gain self-esteem and self-worth by showing them kindness and patience.
7) My mother, Romayne Leader Frank, Mother, friend, Family Advocate & Lawyer, always said “every person has one gift.” Find that gift and accentuate it!”
8) My favorite saying is “every student is a gem in the raw.” Start with that thought and work with your students. Believe that each of your clients wants to improve and get better. It’s amazing what a positive attitude can mean to your patients. Believe in them and yourselves. Start with your Plan with your goals and objectives- have your classical music in the background, your smile on your face and your knowledge to help them improve.
9) Does anyone here like to work? No, then make it fun to learn! Put on your classical Music.
Dr. Frank’s 10 Musical Tips for 2009
1. Research shows that children and adults study better and get higher
grades on tests while listening to Mozart and Bach.
2. Studies show that shoppers buy more things while listening to Classical
3. Play Classical music in classrooms for better concentration.
4. Play Classical music in school cafeterias for a calmer lunch period.
5. Play Classical music on buses to make school buses safer.
6. Parents make sure Bach and Mozart are on your child’s I-pod.
7. Play classical music in the hallways while students are changing classes.
8. Numerous studies have shown that students studying musical instruments
for extended periods do up to 20% higher on achievement tests- IOWA, CTBS,
and SAT than students not studying musical instruments.
9. To help someone you love remember, play the music they love best!
10. To lesson tremors and improve balance and movement, play a loved ones
favorite dance music and have them move to it!
Classical music has the power to organize the brain while listening to it as background music while you are doing your homework , to help you relax after a hard day of work or while doing exercises. Begin listening or playing your musical instrument for 30 minutes at a time. It helps because of its highly developed mathematics and therefore exercises the brain as physical exercise exercises the body. 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 go to The Secret of Teaching Science & Math Through Music by Madeline Frank, Ph.D. Click on the link below:
“An Educational Gem: Pateros Among State’s Best” (May 15, 2009) by Scott St. Clair
from The Wenatchee World OnLine. Pateros is in the top 15 % of elementary schools for Washington state public elementary schools. “Pateros is one of 288 low-income schools in the state (73.3 percent of its students qualify for free or reduced-price meals). Among them, it ranks No. 1 — Pateros is the highest performing low-income school in the state of Washington.” What makes this school different from all the other schools? “Everything that’s done and everybody in the building — including the cafeteria cook — focuses on kids meeting educational goals.” We all would like to have our students in schools that have 100% graduating classes with 90% of our students continuing on for post secondary schooling with “a school with a thriving music and arts programs where students see teachers as role models and strive to emulate them.”
Lois Davis, Pateros Superintendent, “Principal Linda Christian, and their dedicated staff set high academic standards for students and performance standards for themselves, then they demand accountability. Thirty high school credits are required for graduation — most schools require 20 to 22. Students learn because the focus is on mastery of academic skills and knowledge that are integrated into every area of the curriculum. That focus is grounded in a passionate belief that every child can be academically proficient. Again, that’s every child”.
“Jump Start Strings Helps Jacksonville Students Take a Bow with the Violin” (July 4, 2009) from theJacksonville.com/community/the_sun. “The students of Jump Start Strings, a collaboration of the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra and Communities In Schools, began their musical journey in January and are continuing their lessons during the summer.”
Peggy Toussant, coordinator of the Jump Start Strings initiative says, “I’m a former classroom teacher and have worked with at-risk children in other ways, but this has been the most rewarding thing in which I’ve ever been involved. This is because music is in every soul, in every culture, and transcends all time, language and space barriers. It speaks to us in ways that no other language can and gives us a new voice of our own.” Linda Minke, Jump Start Strings instructor and Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra musician, says “On the first day of class, I saw eager children full of awe and wonder about the violin. After taking turns standing in front of the class one at a time, they were shown how to hold the violin and to bow to the audience. They experienced the joys and responsibilities of being audience members and the Team-Up staff taught them a sense of solidarity as students of music.” She says, “the youths’ gratitude has been obvious, not only when they thank her every time they leave the room, but when their faces light up as they pull the sound out of the instrument.” The students in the Jump Start Program have raised their test scores and “are showing confidence and the ability to collaborate effectively with others.” Minke says “the benefits don’t stop there: Teamwork, cooperation, listening, respect, awe, wonder, gratitude. These are some of the skills and gifts that the study of music offers.”
“Gabriel d’Amato, 87, Lifelong Student and Teacher” (May 26, 2009) by John F. Morrison from thePhiladelphia Daily News. Gabriel d’Amato was a medical doctor, teacher, biomedical engineer, lifelong learner, concert pianist, father, grandfather and great grandfather. He was born in Genoa, Italy and “grew up in Orange, N.J., where he attended Seton Hall Prep. He was valedictorian of the Class of 1943 at Seton Hall University, graduating with degrees in classical languages, philosophy and pre-medicine.” Dr. d’Amato “studied music under Massimiliano Chiappinelli in Italy in 1929, and Alberta Masiello at the Juilliard School in New York on a scholarship from 1935 to 1939.” He “began medical school while in the Army because of the need for doctors, and graduated from Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1947.” Music was a lifelong pursuit and he “performed with the Savannah Symphony Orchestra from 1959 to 1962, and with various quartets, as well as at home with family and friends.” Dr. d’Amato “was involved in research and training of medical students in child psychiatry. His research interests were in infant behavior, psychophysiology, autism and neuropsychiatric disorders and neurometrics. He believed that patients should be admitted to programs, not beds in state institutions.” He was also “a staunch advocate for research as a means of determining the causes of mental disorders, particularly the severe behavior disorders of children. He was clearly a decade ahead in this field.” At the age of 56 “he earned a master’s in biomedical engineering from Drexel University.”
This August if you have a question about the power of music for education and healing … what would your specific question be? Click on the link below and look on the left side to where it says ask Madeline a question: https://www.madelinefrankviola.com
Evidence & Articles supporting the benefits of classical music in your daily life, in the Public School Classrooms, and while doing homework after school:
A Teacher’s Hands on Testimonial on using what she learned from Dr. Madeline Frank’s June 2008 workshops for teachers and students:
Mrs. I, a fourth-grade reading, language arts, and history teacher for York County School District in Virginia, has been using many of Dr. Frank’s “10 Creative Ways to Inspire Students & Curb Teachers Burn Out” , “The Teacher’s 11 Secrets to Success” , and 10 Secrets to Stop Students Boredom, Inspire Them & Make Them Smarter” in her fourth grade class August. –Dec 2008. Below is Mrs. I’s list of how she put Dr. Frank’s creative tips into action:
1) She began preparing for her new students, a month before the semester began, by studying their files , to more effectively deal with their problems.
2) On the very first day of school, students were informed about procedures and practiced them.
3) Mrs. I dressed appropriately and at times dressed to reflect the theme of the lesson or story.
4) Mrs. I prepared daily so that time was spent on learning activities and not preparation during school time.
5) She encourages her students to do well and gives examples that students can relate to of why it is important to do well and stay in school.
6) Students know that Mrs. I take’s an interest in them and tries to see the good in each student and looks for positive things to say about her students.
7) Classical music is played. This helps students quiet down, stay calm, and focus more on their work with fewer distractions. They really enjoy the Classical music and ask for it.
8) Students are spoken to in private, concerning behavioral issues and are not embarrassed in front of other students.
9) Cooperative learning groups and differentiation are used in the classroom. Students get to be a part of completing tasks successfully as a group in a fun but challenging atmosphere.
10) Articulation, inflection, and timing are encouraged when reading and when learning key phrases and clues.
Mrs. I says “that by using Dr. Frank’s tips, a classroom environment is created where students want to come to school. They enjoy learning, and every child finds a measure of success.”
“Using Music in the Classroom” ( 2001) by Dorothy Lockhart Lawrence, editor of PPOV from the Advanced Brain Technologies, Ogden, Utah. “Welsh science teacher Anne Savan couldn’t believe the difference it made in her chemistry lab. When the government insisted that all children complete the standard National Curriculum, Savan became concerned. For some reason her new group of pupils in the mid 1990’s was the most challenging ever. Her class of boys had special educational needs plus emotional and behavioral difficulties. One of her students had such poor coordination he made 19 attempts at a lab experiment requiring the student to put a peanut on a spoon, then heat it in the flame of a Bunsen burner. He never achieved it and his behavior resulting from his frustration was uncontrollable. Chance observation of a television program gave Savan the idea that music of a certain frequency might help students with poor coordination. She began to play classical music, .. orchestral Mozart as she tried Mozart’s piano concertos but that was not effective “during daily science lessons over a period of five months. The response to the music was dramatic as the pupils became calm and cooperative within minutes of entering the room.” Savan says, “No one spoke, quarreled, asked to borrow anything, wanted to go to the toilet for the whole lesson. I have not had such a relaxed lesson .. ever.” The next five months of classes with Mozart Symphonies “produced the same results, calm, cooperative students who were able to complete each lesson.” … “Savan believes the music may have relaxed her pupils enough to improve their physical coordination and lower their frustration levels enough to allow them to perform manual tasks effectively and efficiently.”
‘In This Class, Math Comes With Music” (Oct 23, 2007) by Michael Alison Chandler from the Washington Post Company. Eric Chandler is playing his guitar to teach the Standards of Learning to his second grade class at Mountain View Elementary School in Purcellville, VA. Chandler says, “A song, if it’s catchy enough, gets stuck in your head.” “He re- writes the words to a song with a particular lesson in mind so “that kids might hum one day when sitting for a test” the correct answer. “Chandler, 33, embraced musical pedagogy after learning about a teaching method called Quantum Learning, which encourages using music to keep students engaged and focused.” A Michigan based web site, http://songsforteaching.com/ has for the past three years been offering music for core subjects special education, foreign languages, and class room management. Around 200 artists have contributed. There are other web sites specializing in science or math songs.
“Granite Falls Educator Is Nation’s Teacher of the Year” (April 26, 2007) by Lynn Thompson from theSeattle Times Newspaper. The nation’s teacher of the year is Granite Falls music teacher, Andrea Peterson. Andrea Peterson, 33, teaches choir and music classes at Monte Cristo Elementary School. She plays “almost every instrument in the orchestra, sings, composes music, and writes lyrics for her students on subjects as diverse as ocean ecology and Shakespeare.” Superintendent Joel Thaut, says, “Music isn’t a subsidiary subject in Granite Falls. It’s part of everything we do.”
“Opera Enlightens Local Elementary School” (Feb 15, 2008) by Steffaney Clark from the Gulf Breeze News. The students at Navarre Primary School in Pensacola, Florida created an entire opera, words, music, and sets, with the help of the Pensacola Opera Company and their music teacher, Ann Leffard and their art teacher. “The opera takes the entire year to complete” and this is the school’s second year working with the Pensacola Opera Company. Jamie Pahukoa, a second grade teacher said the opera “focused on reading, writing and basic skills. It shows that there are more creative ways for kids to learn than just handing out worksheets. We learn together and it boosts their self esteem and gives them a sense of pride for what we accomplish during the course of a year.”
“How the Arts Make Kids Smarter” (July 7, 2007) by Mary Belle McCorkle and Shirley Kiser from the Tucson Citizen, Tucson, Arizona. Gene Jones, a retired businessman moved to Tucson in the spring of 2000 and “became president of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra board, attended a national conference for people running symphony orchestras. There, he heard of an experimental program in North Carolina that brought orchestra players into the classrooms not just to expose kids to the pleasures of music, but also to help classroom teachers impart curriculum and teach basic skills.” (Since 1994 the Bolton Music Residency Project in Winston-Salem, N.C. has worked “with at risk students to improve learning and test scores by having a classical music quintet coordinate music instruction with classroom curriculum.”.) This North Carolina program was so successful in raising children’s test scores that Jones decided to fly several of the Tucson educators to North Carolina to see the program at work. They were so excited about the North Carolina program that they decided to implement a similar program in Arizona . “Seven years later, Opening Minds through the Arts, the program they excitedly sketched out on their way home, is in 36 TUSD schools, serving 17,000 students for 32 weeks a year. It’s been so successful at pleasing teachers and parents, and raising test scores, that Harvard University has studied it as a model for arts integration.”
“Opening Minds Through the Arts” (OMA) On March 8, 2008, Saturday at 3pm, the Opening Minds Through the Arts will have a fund raising Showcase at Rincon/University High School Auditorium and Cafeteria. OMA program “integrating the musical “arts into teaching reading, writing, math and science.” The program began 8 years ago in three elementary schools in Tucson, Arizona and is now in 44 Tucson Unified School District elementary and middle schools serving 19,000 students. The program has 700 teachers and 53 Teaching Artists.
“Quantum Learning Empowers Students Through Accelerated Learning” (Feb. 21, 2008) fromEducation News, Trans World News.com. For over 26 years Quantum Learning school programs and Super Camp academic summer camps have been Accelerating Learning through Dr. Georgi Lozanov’s work developed in the mid- 70’s. Dr. Lozanov, from Bulgaria, a professor of psychiatry and psychotherapy used “baroque music, …steady 60-80 beats per minute, melodic chord structures and instrumentation assists your body to access an alert yet relaxed state whereby stimulating receptivity and perception allowing you to perform better and remember more.”
Mrs. I’s fourth grade reading, writing, and math class in the York County Public School District in Virginia. “During the summer of 2008, I taught students from all the schools in the county. About the middle of the term, I decided to start playing classical music while students worked independently. I noticed that students were more focused on tasks than they had been previously while doing independent work. They also talked to each other less. One day, when I forgot to turn on the music, a number of the students came up to me and reminded me to turn it on. At the end of the term, all the students had reached their academic goals in both subjects, (reading and math) and most had gone way beyond their goals. (Most of the student’s scores went up 15% to 36% higher.) I know that the atmosphere that was created by the classical music contributed a lot to this.” (Sep 24, 2008)
Mrs. S teaches 7th grade Math at Davis Middle School in Hampton, VA.: “Students perform better on tests and quizzes while listening to Mozart Symphonies in the background..” (Dec 1, 2008)
Mrs. C’s high school math class in Colorado: “The students asked for music in class. I told them I wouldplay only Mozart. At first they objected but soon decided they liked the music, because it made them feel better and able to focus more on their lessons. Consequently, not only did the grades get better, so did the discipline. Then the students began requesting Mozart. ”
Mrs. G had her fifth grade students listening to classical music, played softly, while the children did creative writing assignments and when they did problem solving in math. It created a calm atmosphere conducive to problem solving and creative thinking as well as an appreciation of music that they might not have experienced. The results were so good that she incorporated this into her teaching for the last five years of her teaching career.
Mrs. JC had her fourth grade reading class of 22 students, listening to Mozart and other classical music during class for the entire school year .The children have consistently made 100’s on tests and work. These are just average students not exceptional.
Mrs. J has 3 children, ages 16, 12, and 8 who have been listening to Mozart and other classical music while doing their homework after school since March 05. She has seen them become more focused and relaxed, finishing homework quicker, with more accuracy which has led to higher grades.