October 2015 is the ninth Anniversary of “Madeline’s Monthly Musical Tips Blog/Article” and the eighth Anniversary of “Madeline’s One Minute Musical Radio Show”. This month our Radio Show and blog shares why playing classical music in the background of school buses and in hallways of schools can lead to a stress free environment for students. Also included are articles on how listening to classical music boosts your brain , tips for teachers, and our article of the month “ Excellent Customer Service” by Madeline Frank, Ph.D., DTM.
Radio Show Feature Question for October 2015: Can playing Classical music in the background of your school buses and in your school’s hallways lead to a stress free environment?
“Creating Your Stress Free Drive to and from School with Classical Music” by Madeline Frank, Ph.D., DTM
Would you like to have a safe school bus for your students to ride on without violence? How can your child’s ride on the school bus be a calmer, happier, and safer experience?
On September 24, 2014 it was reported on the radio and in the Virginia-Pilot Newspaper of Norfolk, Virginia that on a Norfolk school bus taking students home from school, two students ages 11 and 13 got into an argument, and the 13 year old stabbed the 11 year old with a knife. The 11 year old was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries and the 13 year old was taken to the Norfolk Juvenile Detention Center.
Contrast this with the Poquoson Virginia school buses that have been playing Classical music in the background of their school buses for several years so their students have a safe, calm, and enjoyable ride to and from school.”
What does listening to Classical music do for your students?
By listening to classical music your students will be calmer and be able to concentrate and think more clearly.
Dr. Raymond MacDonald, of Glasgow’s Caledonian University says, “Some classical music approximates the rhythm of the resting heart (70 beats per minute). This music can slow a heart that is beating too fast.”
Carol A. Locke, M.D. for PRWEB, Boston, MA, a Harvard trained psychiatrist says, “listening to classical music has an impact on intelligence and productivity… stimulates the mind, relieves anxiety, helps with concentration and reduces stress.”
What are the three things you can do on your school bus to calm your students down from the excitement of going to school and arriving home safely?
1) Putting on Classical music like Mozart Symphonies and Baroque composers Bach, Vivaldi, and others before your students get on your bus will calm them and help them to relax and concentrate.
2)Georgi Lozanov, medical doctor and educator says, “the second movements of Baroque music are slower than a person’s heart beat and relaxes the students and helps them remember more.”
3)Anne Savan, a Welsh science teacher, plays Mozart Symphonies in the background of her classrooms to relax her pupils, “lower their frustration levels enough to allow them” to think clearly and calmly “to perform manual tasks effectively and efficiently” in her science classes. She puts the Mozart symphonies on “before” her students enter her classes.
So remember to put on your classical music before your students enter your school bus, just like the Poquoson Virginia school bus does, so that your students can have an enjoyable, safe, stress free ride to and from school and think calmly and clearly about their school work. © 2015 Madeline Frank
Can playing Classical Music in School Hallways Make A Difference?
Elizabeth Hamilton sent the following story to us:
“On my first day at work in a North Carolina middle school, I was appalled at the noise level in the hallways. Students yelled, banged locker doors, chased one another, bullied, and sneered at any teacher who tried to quiet them. The noise level flowed freely into classrooms when the bell rang, and rowdiness suffused many classes. Students poked at one another until a physical fight broke out between two or more, at which the rest of the class would jump to their feet chanting, “Fight, fight, fight.” Teachers tried in vain to gain attention long enough to teach. The place was, to put it bluntly, chaotic.”
“After a few days, I asked the principal for a private conference. At the conference, I suggested that we use the school’s public address system to pipe classical music throughout the halls at the beginning of the school day, during breaks, and at the end of the day. The music would, I explained, calm the students and produce an atmosphere more conducive to study. It would prepare their brains for academic pursuits. I suggested a few composers and offered to select appropriate recordings. The principal agreed, and the plan was instituted the following Monday morning.”
“At first, most students looked toward the speakers and scoffed. The scoffing subsided gradually, though, and the halls became quieter as the week progressed. By the next week, fighting had greatly abated. Classrooms were more orderly. Teachers were getting more done. Students who had previously spent hours in detention told the principal the music was “cool” and began to get better grades. An 11-year old boy who had been cited for gun possession in school came to thank me for the music. “No one ever loved us the way you do,” he said.”
“The principal, the campus police officer, and other school personnel acknowledged that classical music has incomparable power. The principal continued to use classical music throughout that year, changing the recordings regularly. At year’s end, he presented a citation for the idea, saying that it had revolutionized his school.”
“Adding Character-Building lessons to the curriculum increases such positive behavioral changes greatly. Surround students with character traits just as you surround them with classical music, add “character teaching moments” into your day, and you can revolutionize individual lives, your school, and your community.”
Elizabeth Hamilton won our prestigious “Lifetime Achievement Award for April 2015”. She is an Internationally known expert in teaching “high moral values”, “character” to students in public and private schools. She is a teacher, principal, missionary, and bestselling author for “Date With Responsibility” and “Remember Pearl Harbor”.
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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.
“A Brain Boost by Listening to Classical Music: The Mozart Effect” (Sep. 17, 2015) by Paola Bassanese from the Huffington Post. Ms. Bassanese was invited to St. Martin-in-the- Fields to a classical music concert with works by Mozart, Bach, and Handel. This classical concert was one in a series that is held “by candlelight”. “The performers were from the chamber ensemble London Concertante, founded in 1991.” Ms. Bassanese said, “The New Scientist reported that there is evidence that listening to Mozart improves memory and learning. The University of Southern California looked at research into classical music and learning and found that having classical music playing in the background at lectures or while studying create a heightened emotional state that makes you absorb information better. Mozart’s music is claimed to have patterns that are similar to the rhythmic cycles in our brains. Clinical experiments with Alzheimer’s disease patients and epileptic patients showed playing Mozart had a positive effect, respectively, on cognitive function and on calming the brain’s electric activity that triggers seizures.”
After the classical music concert Ms. Bassanese asked herself, “Did I feel smarter after listening to Mozart? I believe that the sense of uplift from Mozart’s music is undeniable: his music has a sparkling quality to it that elevates the spirit.”
“Excellent Customer Service” by Madeline Frank, Ph.D., DTM
Is there a favorite restaurant where you, your family, and your friends like to eat lunch or dinner? How is the food and the customer service?
My family and friends have been going to a local Indian restaurant in Virginia for over eight years. It is a family owned restaurant and the older couple that managed the business were excellent at making their customers feel appreciated. They greeted their customers with a smile and were always neatly dressed. Their hair was combed. Their posture was straight. They were polite and helpful to their customers. Their wait staff was well trained and the quality of the food was good. The restaurant was always filled with customers and a few people were always waiting for seats.
Two years ago, this older couple, were sent to another of their restaurants in Colorado that needed some help. In their place were sent a young man and young woman, relatives, who always greeted their customers with a smile, were always neatly dressed, their hair was combed, their posture was straight, and they were polite and helpful to their customers. They always made sure their customers were happy with what they ordered and would bring them another glass of ice tea or what ever they were drinking.
A week after they celebrated their 15th anniversary, the young man and young women, who were managing the restaurant departed and “two young angry men” were in charge of the restaurant. The few customers in the restaurant did not look very happy. The quality of the food was not up to its usual standard.
One of the “angry young men” came over and asked us, “Is everything ok?
We were afraid to say anything as he reminded us of an angry mobster. So we said, “Everything was ok!” We left feeling very depressed about this restaurant.
Five weeks later we returned to the Indian restaurant and the “two angry young men” were gone and in their place was the older couple that had just come back from Colorado to take over the restaurant in Virginia. We were so glad to see them and asked, “How is your restaurant in Colorado doing? They said, “It is doing very well thank you for asking! The restaurant was packed with customers smiling and having a good time with good food and excellent customer service once again.
We told them before we left how glad we were to see them and have them back.
What are the 3 things you will want your employees to remember about excellent customer service?
1) Your employees should always smile, be dressed for success with their hair combed, stand up straight, have a positive attitude, and be helpful and polite to their customers.
2) First impressions are fast impressions and last forever.
Your customer should feel like an honored guest in your business and be treated with courtesy and respect in a polite and friendly manner.
3) Your employees want their customers to be happy with their excellent customer service, to give them good tips and be repeat customers, recommending their friends to come to your business.
Remember your employees are your first representatives of your business. They should be so proud of the excellent customer service they deliver that they are willing to give out their card with their name on it and the name of your business. © 2015 Madeline Frank
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Wishing you and your family a happy October, from Your Non-Invasive Medicine Music Expert, Madeline
For over 25 years, Dr. Madeline Frank has helped children and adults overcome problems through Classical music. Madeline Frank, Ph.D., DTM is an award winning teacher, author, researcher, speaker and concert artist. She 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.