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. A Nationally Certified Teacher of Music, Mindy Peterson explores the many ways music affects and enhances our everyday lives.
Each episode includes an Improv from our guest – a Try-This-At-Home, experiment, or hack – a practical, concrete way to enhance life with music. Each episode also features a Listener Improv. Send me your Listener Improv by sharing a practical way you use music to enhance YOUR life. I would love to hear from you!
Ep. 19: What IS it about Christmas Music?! Love it or not, why the response? with psychologist Dr. Krystine Batcho
There is nothing like holiday music to immediately put me in the holiday spirit! Why does music have this effect, and why does it annoy others? Learn more about both the bitter and sweet of nostalgia, with psychologist Dr. Krystine Batcho.
Ep. 18: Is Background Music Influencing My Purchasing (or my Thanksgiving Guests)?! with Songtradr’s Jody McKinley
Background music can influence us to eat faster, eat slower, purchase more items, or purchase higher end items. Learn about some of the characteristics of music that are considered in selecting music for marketing purposes – and utilize your knowledge at your next dinner party!
The world’s next big pop star just may be from Vietnam. Hear what’s happening in Vietnam’s active, talented, and diverse independent music scene – and learn about some of its hottest current artists.
Ep. 16: The Backstory of “Awakenings” and “The Music Never Stopped,” with Dr. Concetta Tomaino (basis of a main character in each film)
Dr. Concetta Tomaino co-founded the Institute for Music and Neurologic Function with the renowned author and neurologist Dr. Oliver Sacks. Tomaino’s work is highlighted in two feature films based on Dr. Sacks’ work: The Music Never Stopped; and Awakenings, with Robert De Niro and Robin Williams. Dr. Tomaino is internationally known for her research in the clinical applications of...
Ep. 15: Veterans Day Tribute + Role of Music in the Military: with Jari Villanueva, Taps Historian, USAF
We honor our veterans with a look at the role music plays in our military. Guest Jari Villanueva also gives a behind-the-scenes look at the call of Taps, a way of thanking the military for their service and for a job well done. Veterans Day is November 11.
Ep. 14: The Healing Power of Music for Child Soldiers and Refugees: with Hollywood Music in Media Awards Nominee Samite Mulondo
With a theme of resilience, Ugandan-born multi-instrumentalist and producer Samite Mulondo uses the power of music to bring comfort, healing, and hope to child soldiers, refugees, orphans, and others experiencing traumatic and frightening circumstances.
Ep. 13: Heartbeat of the Stadium and the Sound of Fall: Cheers to the Drumline (with UNT Drumline + Director of Athletic Bands Daniel Cook)
For many Americans, the marching band drumline is the sound of fall – mixed with colliding helmets and crowds cheering. The marching band, and specifically the drumline, bring an energy, school spirit, and game mood to the college football experience. We are talking today about the college drumline and its integral role in football game spirit.
Ep. 12: Coldplay’s Music Therapy for Kids Suffering Illness: with Melodic Caring Project’s Levi & Stephanie Ware
Melodic Caring Project is a non-profit organization that uses music to provide therapy, hope, and empowerment to children suffering from serious illness or injury. Melodic Caring Project teams up with local and nationally touring artists to connect them directly to children by streaming personalized concerts to kids in their hospital rooms (or homes, in between treatment). Their use of...
Get Tiger Mom results without the Tiger Mom bite! In her article, “A Lion Mom Roars,” Pascale discusses her methods for getting high-level results without sacrificing a child’s childhood or the parent-child relationship. She explains how to have high expectations for excellence and ambition for your children and students – without the negativity that can go along with...
Organ music immediately sets the mood for fans, fills breaks in the action, and engages the crowd. Hear the story of St. Louis Blues’ rallying cry, Gloria, and engage with your hockey team’s organist on Twitter.
Our first Artist Spotlight episode features composer, animal-lover, and vegan foodie Dr. Douglas Knehans, who has lived and worked in places as varied as Australia and Cincinnati. His compositions have been performed worldwide at Steinway Hall, Carnegie Hall, and festivals in Italy, Poland, Czech Republic, Ukraine, Austria, the US and Australia.
We Americans love productivity: We love feeling productive, we’re proud of increasing our productivity, and we’re fond of anything that will get us into a flow state, also known as being “in the zone” – that mental state of being fully immersed in an activity with energized focus. Studies and brainscans have shown that certain music can bring us to a focused...
Ep. 7: Sound of Your Heritage: Music’s Role in Jewish Culture & Celebrations (Hazzan Alisa Pomerantz-Boro)
Music has been a part of Jewish life since ancient biblical times, and remains integral to the Jewish religious and cultural experiences. Hazzan Pomerantz-Boro tells us about the Jewish High Holidays (personal preparation is taking place now) and the role Jewish music plays in Jewish culture and holidays/celebrations. Some of America’s greatest composers and songwriters are Jewish (including Aaron...
Gently but firmly implementing daily practice time for your child will provide musical rewards they can enjoy for a lifetime (not to mention the many life skills learned through music lessons, including problem solving, discipline, increased focus, creativity, patience, perseverance). Regardless of whether music is eventually entered as a profession, the ability to make great music is a priceless...
The ukulele seems to have exploded in popularity in the last five years or so with both amateurs and experienced musicians, and across all ages! Ben Hassenger, self-described Ukulele Ambassador to Michigan, explains why the ukulele is so attractive to so many people across so many demographics. He also explains the versatility of the instrument in spanning...
I’d love to hear from you! Let me know your suggestions for topics and guests, your Improv suggestions, and how music enhances your life by commenting below.