By playing Classical and Baroque music in your class rooms, in the hallways of your school, in the cafeteria during lunch on school buses, to and from school, and in your home your students will be able to concentrate better on their school work and will be more relaxed and better behaved. It’s all about choosing the right music to study by at school, at home, and at work!

This month we have a blog and radio show featuring two Virginia Statesman father and son John Tyler, Sr. and John Tyler, Jr.. Both men were dedicated to public service to help others, and to their families. Our article of the month is “How to Have Safer School Buses!” by Madeline Frank, Ph.D., DTM. Also included is an article on the new movie ‘Alive Inside’ on the power of music to “unlock dementia”.

Radio Show feature question for November 2014: How does Classical Music play a part of President John Tyler’s life and his father, Judge John Tyler, Sr.’s life and what musical instruments did they play?


Our blog celebrate the lives of Virginia Statesmen, Father and son, John Tyler, Sr., Governor and Judge, and John Tyler, Jr., 10th President of the United States. Both men were public servants who were honest with integrity and were good husbands, fathers, and musicians.

John Tyler, Sr. was born in York County, Virginia on February 28, 1747 .

His family was one of the “First Families of Virginia”. During his life John Tyler, Sr. would be a Virginia planter, lawyer, Judge in the High court of Admiralty, Judge for the US District Court in Richmond, Virginia, the 15th Governor of Virginia, for 4 years, speaker of the House of Delegates, husband and father to 8 children and guardian to over 20 orphans.

John Tyler, Senior’s roommate, classmate, and friend at the College of William and Mary was Thomas Jefferson, later President of the United States. They listened excitedly as their hero, Patrick Henry, spoke about the “Revolutionary cause for independence” and later John would join the army.

After completing his degree at the College of William and Mary, he read law under Judge Nicholas. Later he was admitted to the bar and practiced law in Charles City County, Virginia.

John Sr. enjoyed playing the violin throughout his life. The Royal Governor in Williamsburg, Virginia , Francis Fauquier enjoyed music and invited John Tyler, Sr. and Thomas Jefferson and other amateur musicians to play music together at the Governor’s Palace.

In 1775  John Tyler, Sr. joined the Continental Army and in 1776 he married the beautiful Mary Armstead and they began their family. After the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, he left the Army and became a member of the Virginia House of Delegates in 1777. From 1781-1784 John Tyler, Sr. was speaker of the House of Delegates and from 1780 to 1781, John was a Virginia Council of State member. In 1788 the United States Constitution was ratified at the Virginia Convention at which John was vice-president. Throughout his life he was an “advocate of States’ rights”.

John Tyler, Sr. was appointed to the Virginia High Court of Admiralty in 1786 as a judge and as a judge “on the first Virginia Court of Appeals”.

In 1788 “the Court of Appeals was reorganized” and “Tyler was made a judge of the General Court.”,_Sr.

John Tyler, Jr. was born March 29, 1790 in Charles City County, Virginia at Greenway Plantation to John and Mary Armistead Tyler. John, Jr.’s mother died of a stroke when he was 7. John Tyler, Sr. and his wife Mary Armstrong Tyler were married for over 20 years when she died.

There is a Tyler family story that has been retold for generations that when John Tyler , Jr. was an infant and sat on his mother’s lap , he was reaching “towards the moon to pull down the shining orb.”  His Mother, Mary said, “This child is destined to be a president of the United States, his wishes fly so high”.

When John Tyler, Sr.’s wife Mary suddenly died, he became both father and mother to his 8 children and went from being a “stern statesman” to a gentle loving “nurturing father” forging “a close relationship with his children.”

John Sr. would entertain his children for hours by telling them stories of the Revolution, reading to them from great literature, and playing his fiddle for them under the willow tree. He became a “hands-on-father” taking an active role in nurturing and educating his children and also “ became guardian to more than twenty other children, mostly orphaned.”

John, Jr.’s father, John, Sr., believed in a good education for his 8 children, his 3 sons and 5 daughters, and hired private tutors to teach them. John, Jr. was a sickly child and illness plagued him his entire life.

As a child John Jr. studied violin with his father and wanted to be a Concert Violinist.

At the age of 12, John, Jr. was the 3rd generation of Tyler’s to study at the College of William and Mary. He began in the Preparatory Branch. His mentor at the College of William and Mary was Bishop James Madison, the President of the College of William & Mary, and the cousin of the same name James Madison who was to be President of the United States.

John Tyler, Jr. graduated the college of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia at the age of 17 in 1807. One of his favorite subjects were the works of Shakespeare.

John, Jr. studied law with his father, John Tyler, Sr. In 1809 John Tyler, Jr. was admitted to the bar at 19 and worked for a law firm in Richmond, Virginia.

John Tyler, Sr. served as Governor of Virginia from 1809-1811 and continued to mentor and teach his son John, Jr. He introduced his son, John, Jr. to Thomas Jefferson and other influential leaders and had young John work by his side as an aid.

President James Madison on January 2, 2011 nominated John Tyler, Sr. to the United States District Court for the District of Virginia. On January 3, 2011, the United States Senate confirmed Tyler’s nomination and on Jan. 7, 2011 he began his commission as Judge.

John Tyler, Jr. was raised to believe in following the Constitution strictly. He joined the military as Captain in the War of 1812.

John Tyler, Jr. married Letitia Christian in 1813. They were happily married for 29 years and had 8 children.

Judge John Tyler, Sr. continued to serve as a judge for United States District Court until he died in Charles City County, Virginia on Jan. 6, 1813.

John Tyler, Jr. was elected into the House of Representatives from 1816-1821, worked in the State House of Delegates, and was elected the Governor of Virginia 1825-1827, following in his father’s footsteps.

In March 1841 William Henry Harrison was elected President and John Tyler was elected Vice President. One month later , April 1841, President William Henry Harrison dies and Vice President John Tyler, Jr. becomes the first Vice President to take over the President’s duties when the President dies.

President John Tyler becomes the 10th President of the United States.

President John Tyler’s wife Letitia Tyler dies in the White House on Sep. 10,1842. Letitia Tyler was the 1st Presidents wife to die in the Whitehouse.

President Tyler later married Julia Gardiner on June 26, 1844. She was 30 years his junior. They had 7 children together.

As President, Tyler believed in the “States rights” which endeared him to Virginias but not to either of the Washington political parties. He also believed in strengthening and preserving the Union by “territorial expansion”.

President John Tyler said in a tribute to his Mother, Mary Armstead Tyler, “She who nurtured us in our infancy taught us to raise our little hands in prayer…and reared us to manhood in the love and practice of virtue—such a mother is of priceless value.”

Before President Tyler left office he “annexed the Republic of Texas”.

While President, Tyler performed at parties in the Whitehouse.

Later after his Presidency ended John and Julia Tyler held parties and entertained their guests with duets. Julia would play her guitar and John would play on his violin. They had 15 children, more than any other President in the Whitehouse. John Tyler and his wife Julia had their 15 children playing in a “Minstrel Band ” together.

On January 18, 1862 John Tyler died in Richmond, Virginia.


How to Have Safer School Buses! By Madeline Frank, Ph.D., DTM,

How would you like to have a safe school bus for your students to ride on without violence?

How safe is your child’s school bus? Does your child enjoy riding on the school bus coming to school and going home after school?

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.

How could this have been avoided?

By putting the slow movements of Baroque music, music from 1600-1750, and Mozart Symphonies, from 1764-1788, from the Classical music period,

on in the back ground of the school bus the students would be able to calm down and enjoyed the ride home from school and the ride going to school would be calm without any incidents.

What does listening to Baroque and Classical music do for your students?

By listening to the Mozart Symphonies, Classical Music, and the slow movements of Baroque 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)   Put on Mozart Symphonies and /or the slow movements of Baroque composers Bach, Vivaldi, Handel, Corelli, Tartini, and Pachelbel before your students get on your bus to calm them and help them to relax.

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 Mozart Symphonies and/or your second movements of Baroque music before your students enter your school bus so they can be calm and stress free going to school and going home from school on your bus.

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‘Alive Inside’ A Joyful Look at Music’s Key to Unlocking Dementia” (July 31, 2014) by Kenneth Turan from the Tribune Newspaper.

Dr. Oliver Sacks, noted neurologist and author says, “Music is the backdoor to the mind.” The film visits a nursing home where the elderly patients have serious dementia and do not speak or know their children and suddenly a transformation takes place when Dan Cohen, former social worker and founder of Music and Memory places “iPod earphones” on each person’s head and plays “what family members have told him is their favorite music.” Kenneth Turan, the reviewer says, “The effect is miraculous”.

When Alice hears “the Saints Go Marching In” she suddenly begins to speak and remember. She says, “I didn’t know I could talk so much.” Another patient John is almost comatose and when his favorite piece is played his “feet start to move in long-forgotten dance movements”. Each of the dementia patients in the film has an awakening and feels joyfull and alive by listening to their favorite music.

So don’t forget to play the music your beloved family member loves best to help them remember so they can once again have a joyful life!

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Wishing you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving 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) 2014 Madeline Frank.