Enhance Life with Music podcast

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
Song Saga

Ep. 135: Connecting generations with Song (Saga); with Chief Rocker and Joy Pusher Eran Thomson

Music is a powerful tool to unlock memories. Games provide an opportunity to disconnect from work and reconnect with the people in our lives. Song Saga gamifies storytelling and listening to music in a way that fosters real human connection. Get ready to learn new things about your friends and discover new music every time you play!

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Music of the pioneers

Ep. 134: How did music shape the exploration and settling of America’s west? The musical story within the Westward Expansion story; with author Laura Dean

“The pioneers carried only the clothes on their backs and the bare necessities in their wagons, yet they experienced a rich musical life in the wilderness… Each group wove their own thread of music into the colorful and diverse musical tapestry of the American West.” So begins Laura Dean’s historical account of the integral role music played in the Westward Expansion. Her new book explores the diplomatic, practical, and inspirational roles music played in connecting culturally diverse people groups including Native Americans, explorers, cowboys, and pioneers.

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Tom and Jerry cartoon music

Ep. 133: What’s the connection between classic cartoons and classical music? with Dr. Daniel Goldmark

There are generations of kids who first became familiar with classical music through cartoons. What were considered the “golden years” of cartoon music, and why was classical music heavily used in cartoons during this time? How has classical music’s role in cartoons changed throughout the decades?

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recording studio engineer

Ep. 132: The secret life of… the recording studio engineer; with John Long

What exactly IS a recording studio engineer, and what do they do? We discuss the “golden era” of sound engineering (1955-1975), the dual roles engineers played during this time, how the role has changed in recent decades, and why today’s engineers have a renewed interest in the processes of that era.

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Are musicians better able to learn an additional language?

Ep. 131: Are musicians better able to learn an additional language? with Jennifer Krizman, PhD

Are people who study a musical instrument better able to process and learn foreign languages? What similarities underlie speech and music? Bonus: Discover a fun and simple test to measure a person’s adeptness at learning a foreign language!

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You are not alone

Ep. 130: What are music psychotherapy and vocal psychotherapy, and how do they work? with Dr. Diane Austin, D.A., LCAT

We discuss this new model that combines elements from music therapy and psychotherapy; the act of bravery and recorded session that captured my attention; and resources for learning more.

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Healing the wounds of war

Ep. 129: How socially conscious musicians are bridging divides and healing the wounds of war; with Musicians Without Borders’ Laura Hassler

Musicians Without Borders brings music’s power for peacebuilding and social change to people and places affected by war, armed conflict, and displacement. Its founder, Laura Hassler, says, “Music is the ultimate expression of human connectivity.” Hear powerful personal stories of music literally opening borders!

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What music did you have for breakfast this morning?

Ep. 128: What music did you have for breakfast this morning? Tips for fostering mental health through music, with Jeff Mims

The research space at the intersection of music and mental wellness is a new and rapidly growing frontier. We discuss ways to utilize music to move one step closer, from wherever one may be, to a state of greater joy and thriving mental health. Join us for personal stories, topic trends, and resources for some spring cleaning of the brain!

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Wellness and homeostasis

Ep. 127: The impact of music on wellness and homeostasis, with Patricia Caicedo, M.D., Ph.D.

Medical doctor and musicologist Patricia Caicedo authored the new book, We Are What We Listen To: The impact of Music on Individual and Social Health. She explains how music can impact our homeostasis or equilibrium, that optimum state of physical and psychological health.

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Band class

Ep. 126: A day in the life of a middle school band teacher – Why our front-line music workers do what they do, and what the pandemic has really meant for their vocation. With Veronica Tonus

Band directors very often are the ONLY teachers of music many kids will ever have access to. Without them, many of our country’s kids would have no musical experience. Get a glimpse of a day-in-the-life of these teachers, why they do what they do, and myths about their vocation.

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