Podcast: Enhance Life with Music

In “Enhance Life with Music: The lay-person’s guide to enjoying music’s benefits,” musician Mindy Peterson explores the many ways music affects and benefits our everyday lives. Increase happiness with the musical advantage while learning about music’s relationship to science, medicine, sports, education, entertainment, business, service, and history. A Nationally Certified Teacher of Music, Mindy provides a layperson’s guide to integrating the musical advantage in your own life and the lives of your loved ones.

I’d love to hear from you! Let me know your suggestions for topics and guests – and let me know how music enhances your life – at mindy@mpetersonmusic.com.

Ep. 105: What are the top three skills desired by corporate recruiters, and why are they found in musicians? When should musicians consider a day job in the business world? With Christopher Caliendo

Based on market trends, your best new hire is highly likely to be a musician. We discuss the core creative and soft skills musicians bring to the marketplace; when and why musicians should consider a pivot to business; and how to find a job that will help you actualize a sustainable lifestyle, work-life balance, AND your artistic goals.

Ep. 104: Outsmarting Alzheimer’s – What to do now to increase your odds of successful aging and quality of life, with Kenneth Kosik, MD

Successful aging: What are small, enjoyable changes you can make NOW that will reduce your Alzheimer’s risk and increase your quality-of-life odds decades down the road? Author Kenneth Kosik, MD, explains what music has to do with “Outsmarting Alzheimer’s: What You Can Do to Reduce Your Risk.”

Ep. 103: Is there a dark side to the power of music? With Brea Murakami, MM, MT-BC

If music is so powerful, can it also cause harm? We discuss music-induced harm (MIH – yes, it’s a thing!) with music therapist, psychologist, and researcher Brea Murakami.

Ep. 102: The latest in healthtech: Music dispensed as medicine through a “digital drip;” with MediMusic’s Gary Jones

MediMusic, a British health tech start-up, uses scientific research to unlock music’s transformative medical benefits. It’s new device, the MediBeat, uses artificial intelligence to prescribe music for anxiety and pain, reducing the reliance on drugs in a wide variety of applications, including treatment of dementia, chronic pain, dentistry, pre/post operation, and physical therapy & rehab.

Ep. 101: #HowDidThatHappen: The Star Spangled Banner, with author Tim Grove

The Star Spangled Banner is the nickname of our flag, but it’s also the title of our national anthem. What should we know about how our national song came to be, and what makes it unique among national anthems around the world?

Ep. 100: How music can help students with autism develop their emotions, with Dawn Mitchell White

Dawn White says, “Musical emotions aren’t understood the same way as regular emotions. They don’t require complex facial expressions or a ‘tone of voice,’ which are particularly difficult for children with autism to recognize. Musical emotions are easier for children with autism spectrum disorder to grasp because they are less socially complex.” Dawn unpacks music’s superpower in developing emotion recognition, management, and expression in those on the spectrum.