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 and on school buses to and from school. Classical music playing in the back ground helps students to relax, allowing them to concentrate and do a better job on their work.
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 2010 who are scholars and musicians.
Doctors have found power in having their patients listen and dance to Classical Music to improve motion and reduce tremors with Parkinson’s patients.
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 October 2010 newsletter
Madeline’s Musical One Minute Radio Show for September 2010
How does music play a part of William F. Buckley, Jr.’s life as an author and musician and what instruments did he play?
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Who was William F. Buckley, Jr.?
William F Buckley was an author, novelist, founded in 1955 the “National Review” a political magazine, and was the host of “Firing Line”, a television show from 1966-1999. He was also “a nationally syndicated newspaper columnist”, a pianist, harpsichordist, U.S. Army officer, worked for the CIA, and was a devoted husband to Patricia Taylor in 1950 until her death in 2007. Buckley was also a father and grandfather.
He was born on November 24, 1925 in New York City to William Buckley, Sr., a lawyer and oil baron and Aloise Josephine Antonia Steiner. He was “the sixth of ten children, as a boy Buckley moved with his family from Mexico to Sharon,Connecticut before beginning his first formal schooling in Paris, where he attended first grade.” At seven years of age, he learned English at a London day school. “His first and second languages were Spanish and French, respectively.” As a child he played the piano, sailed, rode horses, hunted, skied, and became a gifted story-teller. His later writings would reflect “all of these interests.”
At 13 years of age, “before World War II, he attended high school at the Catholic Preparatory School St. John’s Beaumont in England. During the war, his family took in the future British historian Alistair Horne as a child war evacuee .” Throughout their lives, Buckley and Horne would remain life-long friends both attending the Millbrook School , in Millbrook School, New York graduating in 1943. While attending Millbrook, Buckley began “his first experience in publishing” by founding and editing “the school’s yearbook, The Tamarack.”
As a young man, Buckley’s father knew the libertarian author Albert Jay Nock and “encouraged his son to read Nock’s works.”
In 1943 “Buckley attended the National Autonomous University of Mexico . The following year upon his graduation from the U.S. Army Officer Candidate School , he was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army. In his book, Miles Gone By, he briefly recounts being a member of Franklin Roosevelt’s honor guard when the president died.”
In 1945 after World War II Buckley “enrolled in Yale University, where he became a member of the secret “Skull and Bones society”, was a debater, an active member of the Conservative Party and of the “Yale Political Union”, and served as Chairman of the “Yale Daily News.”
While serving as captain of the Yale Debate Team guided by Professor Rollin G. Osterweis, he “honed his acerbic style.” At Yale he studied history, economics, and political science graduating in 1950 with honors.
After being recruited in 1951 “into the Central Intelligence Agency he served for two years including one year in Mexico City working as a political action specialist in the elite Special Activities Division for E. Howard Hunt .” Throughout their lives Buckley and Hunt “remained lifelong friends.” Also in 1951, “Buckley’s first book, “God and Man at Yale”, was published.”
In 1955 he founded the “National Review” and, served as editor-in-chief until 1990.
He died on February 27, 2008 at the age of 82 in Stamford, Connecticut ten months after his wife’s death.
Quotes from William F. Buckley, Jr.:
“We should eliminate monopoly unionism, featherbedding, and inflexibilities in the labor market. Let the natural desire of the individual for more goods and better education and more leisure – find satisfaction in individual encounters with the marketplace, in the growth of private schools, in the myriad economic and charitable activities.”
“Echoing his libertarian mentors Albert Jay Nock and Frank Chodorov, Buckley says, “I will not cede more power to the state. I will not willingly cede more power to anyone, not to the state, not to General Motors, not to the CIO. I will hoard my power like a miser, resisting every effort to drain it away from me.”
“I will use my power as I see fit. I mean to live my life an obedient man, but obedient to God, subservient to the wisdom of my ancestors; never to the authority of political truths arrived at yesterday at the voting booth.”
Articles for September 2010:
Two articles on how to deal with difficult people on the ground or 30 feet in the air: “How to Deal with Difficult & Toxic People” by Madeline Frank, Ph.D.
“Negotiating For My Life On Top of the World” by Madeline Frank, PhD
“Is there A Dr. In The House -Who Can Read Music?” (August 20, 2010) by Janelle Gelfand from theCincinnati.com Community Press
“A group of medical students at the University Of Cincinnati College Of Medicine are establishing a Medical Symphony Orchestra. It’s open to physicians, medical students, researchers, practitioners in nursing, physical therapy, social work, medical administration, health care professionals – anyone in the health care field. You don’t have to be affiliated with UC to join.”
Yangyang Yu, UC, a second-year med student at the College of Medicine class of 2013 says, “You do need to know how to wield a fiddle – or a bass, viola, trombone, flute or clarinet. And you must have a passion for classical music. After not playing in an orchestra for a couple of years, I realized how much I missed it.”
The mission of the UC Medical Symphony Orchestra “is to unite medical students and physicians/health professionals with a passion for classical music and to share this passion with the community, says Yu
“Dance Class Helps Parkinson’s Patients Use Movement As a Strategy” (July 28, 2010) by Janet l. Tu,Seattle Times Staff Reporter. “In Kirkland the students” come to this dance class walking in slowly, some with a bit of a tremor or walk in rigidly. “They take their places, not at a ballet barre or on the dance floor, but sitting in chairs. As the live music starts, they flutter their fingers like hummingbird wings; point their toes along the ground. Limbs loosen and start to flow. And perhaps something even more important happens: Smiles emerge and laughter erupts.” This dance class was created specifically for Parkinson’s patients by the Brooklyn, N. Y. Mark Morris Dance Group.”Seattle and Spokane are among some 40 communities worldwide that have replicated the model.”
“Dance Class Brings Joy to Those with Parkinson’s” (August 1, 2010) by Kristina Dorsey from theday.com Connecticut. The power of moving to Classical music to help loosen up motion and movement in Parkinson’s patients.
“Newborn To Adult; Music Lessons for Every Age” (August 8, 2010) from The Edmonton Journal. “Research indicates that studying music encourages self-discipline and diligence, traits that carry over into mathematics, science, foreign languages, civics and government, economics, arts, history and geography. Research supports that music helps prepare the mind for specific disciplines of learning; skills learned through music carry over into study skills, communications skills, cognitive skills and abstract reasoning skills useful to all parts of life.”
At Sam Houston State University researchers conducted a study and reported “that early music training can improve intelligence and the amount of parental involvement in the music training can greatly affect the amount of improvement. Strong correlations were found between musical abilities in young children, particularly the ability to match vocal pitches and reproduce rhythmic patterns and abstract reasoning abilities.”
The researchers went on to say an “Arts education makes a tremendous impact on the developmental growth of every student and has proven to help level the “learning field” across socio-economic boundaries. Young people who participate in the arts for at least three hours a day, three days a week for at least one year are: four times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement; three times more likely to be elected to class office within their schools; four times more likely to participate in a math and science fair.”