Enhance Life with Music podcast

“A holistic look at the power of music in our everyday lives.”

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Whether you consider yourself a musician or not, music is all around us! We explore the holistic power of music in our everyday lives through the lens of science & health, sports & entertainment, business, and education. Unleash the power of music in your life!

Enhance Life with Music is hosted, created, and produced by Mindy Peterson, a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music. The show is in Chartable’s Top 200 Music Podcasts for USA and Global; has downloads in over 100 countries; and is in Listen Score’s top 10% of global podcasts (like Nielsen ratings for podcasts). View a complete episode list in our Archives.

What others are saying:

“With Enhance Life with Music, Mindy is spreading the word of music’s impact on our brain function and health, whether we consider ourselves musicians or not.”

– Dr. Nina Kraus, Professor of Communication Sciences, Neurobiology, and Otolaryngology at Northwestern University

“John Coltrane once said, ‘One positive thought produces millions of positive vibrations.’ Mindy Peterson’s Enhance Life With Music is producing billions of positive vibrations for music, life, and humanity.”

– Dr. Clint Randles, Associate Professor of Music Education at the University of South Florida, and author of, To Create: Imagining the Good Life through Music.

“Mindy Peterson of Enhance Life with Music has created an exceptional podcast providing the most up-to-date research and material relating to all aspects of music. If you’re looking for the latest in music and brain research, children’s music, music in sports, music in our schools, the connection between music and color and so much more—Mindy has you covered! A ‘must’ podcast for those recognizing the power of music in their lives.”

– Sharlene Habermeyer, author of Good Music, Brighter Children

“Wow! I’ve been a guest on a lot of podcasts, but you are in the top 1% in terms of people who know their stuff and know how to interview guests in an engaging, knowledgeable way. Great experience. Thank you!!”

– Dr. Julia Mossbridge, cognitive neuroscientist

Ep. 166: Every Brain Needs Music: The Neuroscience of Making and Listening to Music; with authors Larry Sherman, PhD, and Dennis Plies, DA

Whether you are a professional musician or music enthusiast, prepare to meet your new favorite book on the neuroscience of music! We discuss the science of effective practice; the intricate and distinct neurological processes utilized for musical composition, improvisation, practice, and performance; and the profound impact of music on brain development. As the conversation unfolds,…

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Ep. 165: Breaking Boundaries: Breakdancing’s journey from the streets to the Olympic stage; with B-Boy London Reyes

Breaking expert and insider B-Boy London Reyes tells the behind-the-scenes story of breakdancing’s history as it evolves from a street art form to an official Olympic sport. We discuss the moment the Olympic-inclusion seed was first planted; the surprising economic impact of hip hop; how breaking saves lives; how an American “product” became a global…

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Ep. 164: Adaptive Music Education: Achieving potential and nurturing exceptionalities with harmony; with Erin Parkes, PhD

The Lotus Centre for Special Music Education is passionate about making the well-documented benefits of music-making accessible to students with exceptionalities. Making music can have profound impacts on mood, motor skills, and overall well-being. The Centre’s Institute for Professional Development provides music educators with the skills and tools they need to help students of all…

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Ep. 163: Tapping into Willy Wonka’s Wonderland for Musicians; with Schmitt Music

Take an enchanting journey through the world of local music stores, with a trip behind-the-scenes of 5th generation family-owned Schmitt Music. Unveil the treasure trove of musical opportunities awaiting you at your local music store. From access to unique instruments and print music galore, to free concerts and instrument petting zoos, you’ll learn how these…

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Ep. 162: Unlocking productivity with the power of music; with Erik Fisher, Host of Beyond The To-Do List Podcast

Popular productivity guru Erik Fisher describes practical ways to leverage the powerful tool of music for increased efficiency and more intentional living. Elevate your personal and professional life not just by getting more done, but by living fully and accomplishing the goals that make your life meaningful. We present… productivity hacks backed by the magic…

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Ep. 161: Enhancing pet health with species-specific music that calms anxiety and improves behavior; with Janet Marlow

Janet Marlow is a fifth-generation musician and sound behaviorist who has conducted groundbreaking scientific research on the profound effects of sound and music on pet anxiety and behavior. Janet’s work has led to the creation of clinically proven calming music specifically designed for dogs, cats, horses, and birds. Discover how your pet’s sound world differs…

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Ep. 160: Jammin’ to the Beat of Nutrition: How Music Inspired a Revolutionary Whole Food Energy Bar; with JAMBAR’s Jennifer Maxwell

Music and food collide inthis captivating conversation on how music and food can enhance our lives in unexpected ways! Jennifer Maxwell, a mother of six, athlete, musician, and food science expert, shares her journey from creating the iconic PowerBar to launching her new Certified Organic energy bar called JAMBAR. With flavors like Jammin’ Jazzleberry and…

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Ep. 159: Nature’s Anthem: Award-Winning Singer-Songwriter Jessa Campbell Revolutionizes Children’s Music with Eco-Tunes

Discover the educational music that is captivating young audiences! Jessa Campbell’s upbeat, danceable songs teach science concepts while infusing joy and humor. With her new album “Forest Flow,” Jessa is changing the trend of children’s disconnection with nature. Through catchy tunes and engaging music videos, she inspires families to explore the outdoors, fostering a love…

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Ep. 157: Athletes and the Arts: Integrating the science of sport and the performing arts for mutual benefit; with Yasi Ansari, MS, RDN, CSSD; and Steven Karageanes, DO, FAOASM

How can performance artists benefit from sports medicine? How are performing artists and athletes similar, and different? How could collaboration between sports medicine and performing arts medicine bring about exponential advances for mutual benefit? We discuss these questions and more in today’s episode with Athletes and the Arts.

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