An exploration of music’s effect on our everyday lives.
Augment life with the inspiration and enrichment of music by looking at its benefits through the lens of science, medicine, sports, education, entertainment, business, service, and history.
Hosted, created, and produced by Mindy Peterson, a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music.
We have a choice of where we focus our awareness, and these choices fundamentally affect how we perceive our experiences, and how we perform (whether the performance is athletic, musical, social, or otherwise). Dr. Vanessa Cornett explains that “Awareness is the most valuable resource we possess as humans… If stress isn't what happens to us, it must be the...
Ep. 35: Oxytocin and dopamine in times of social-distancing; and how does music give us the chills? With Indre Viskontas
Chemicals like oxytocin and dopamine are important in human connection, well-being, pleasure, contentment, and meaning – aspects of healthy humanity that are strained by social distancing. Studies show intriguing links between music and oxytocin and dopamine. How can music stimulate these chemicals so crucial to well-being – especially in those most impacted by quarantines? Oh, and what is up...
Ep. 34: Music as palliative care, a container for sacred moments, and lifetime preserver of memories; with Crescent Cove’s Katie Lindenfelser
Music therapy is effective in relieving pain and increasing the quality of life for patients AND their loved ones. It can also function as a container for sacred moments; as uniquely captured memories for a lifetime; and as a mechanism for bonding, affirmation, and celebration in life-limiting situations.
Ep. 33: Looking for music lessons that fit your unique situation? Check out these options, with MacPhail Center for Music’s Paul Babcock
There can be many logistical obstacles to quality music instruction, including busy schedules, transportation, physical mobility, and rural location. If you haven’t found music lessons that fit your unique situation, learn about global options available for private lessons, group lessons, school instructor training, and more.
Ep. 32: The immediate, visible, hands-on power you didn’t know you have, with Save School Music’s John Benham
John Benham’s advocacy work and methods have saved over $70 million in proposed music cuts, equivalent to approximately 2,000 teaching positions affecting 500,000 music students. For more than 30 years, March has been officially designated as Music In Our Schools Month by the National Association for Music Education. John’s book, Music Advocacy: Moving from Survival to Vision, provides instruction...
Ep. 31: “Good Music, Brighter Children: Simple and Practical Ideas to Help Transform Your Child’s Life Through the Power of Music,” with author Sharlene Habermeyer
Transform your child's life through the power of music! Author Sharlene Habermeyer explains why making music exercises the brain like no other known activity, and why these benefits last a lifetime. Music can stimulate critical thinking skills and understanding of STEM subjects; and can be a catalyst for success for those dealing with cognitive, physical, and social challenges.
A job skill learned reluctantly in her teens opened the door for Sue Nelson to “play for the Twins” (organist since 1999)! Hear about the NHL team she first played for, the best seat at Target Field, Sue's most important audience, and her favorite part of the job.
Ep. 29: Music tech interventions for mental health challenges (with staggering success rates), with Noise Solution’s Simon Glenister
Music tech is having a phenomenal impact on the well-being of those facing significant mental health challenges. “We’re not fixing people, we’re creating the conditions within which they often choose to flourish,” says Simon Glenister, Founder and Director of Noise Solution, one of the UK’s top 100 performing social enterprises.