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. 122: Transferring music skills to life, with Dr. Dylan Savage

Universal life skills, like problem-solving, discipline, and creativity, are inherent in the study of music. But how automatic is it for students to transfer these lessons to non-music areas of their lives? This cross-training can be intentionally taught and learned, resulting in elevated musical performance AND greater life success.

Ep. 121: What is sonic branding, and why does it matter? With Jeanna Isham

Music is a powerful tool for creating an emotional connection between consumers and a product or service. In an audio age of ever-decreasing attention spans and fierce competition, a sonic logo can give a marketing strategy the winning edge – and it’s not just for the big brands.

Ep. 120: The inclusive, sustainable music classroom; with United Sound’s Julie Duty

As a middle school band teacher, Julie Duty had a passion for creating an inclusive classroom where students of all abilities and disabilities learned together. She also experienced firsthand the lack of training, support, and resources available to teachers wanting to make this happen. She created a solution, United Sound, which utilizes peer mentors to create student led music clubs within schools. It has clearly filled a vital need – in its first seven years, over 8,000 students have participated in United Sound and they have logged over 213,000 relationship-building, music-making hours together.

Ep. 119: What is the best way to find a piano teacher?

Most adults wish they could play a musical instrument, and want to give that gift to their children. The most important component – more important than the instrument itself – is the music TEACHER! But how do you find a teacher who will be a great fit for your child and situation, so that the experience is a positive one with the results you’re looking for? Learn the most important question to ask yourself before looking for a music teacher, and five options for finding a great piano teacher who will be the best fit for your situation.

Ep. 118: Bob Dylan: Case study of the power of music to change the world; with Ed Newman

It has become cliché to talk about the power of music to change the world. Today’s episode is a case study of someone whose music really has changed the world, and that is Bob Dylan. How did Dylan’s music change the world? And what did his hometown have to do with it? Bob Dylan was born in 1941, so 2021 is his 80th year, so this seems a very appropriate topic for our closing episode of 2021.

Ep. 117: Sound of Your Heritage: What role does music play in Norwegian culture & celebrations? With Melissa Holm-Johansen, DMA

The Twin Cities is the unofficial capital of Norwegian America, and our own Dr. Melissa Holm-Johansen, native of Halden, Norway, highlights the unique role music plays in Norwegian culture. We discuss what she misses most about Norway’s music traditions, what sets it apart from the music of other cultures, and the aspects of everyday life that it permeates.