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. 72: “The orchestra that doesn’t behave:” The story of one community music group, with Marlene Pauley

What’s the big deal about community music orchestras, bands, and choirs? Under Marlene Pauley’s direction, The Wayzata Symphony Orchestra’s budget has quadrupled and audience attendance has increased 300%. Marlene explains the demand for community music groups, and what they mean to their members, audience, and communities.

Ep. 71: Give the gift of music: Research-based ways to GIFT music (the gift that keeps on giving)

Giving gifts has been a part of cultures and celebrations throughout history, and, fortunately for us, a lot of research has been done on what makes a meaningful gift – meaningful for both the recipient AND the giver. We take a look at research-backed factors that contribute to meaningful gifts, and specific ways to gift music to others, because music is THE gift that keeps on giving!

Ep. 70: What you don’t know about 1 in 6 people you encounter, and why it matters; with David Knott

The CDC-Kaiser Permanente Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study investigated the correlation between childhood trauma and life-long development, health, and well-being. The astounding results have led to trauma informed approaches to education and medicine, among other areas. David Knott explains why an ACE understanding can elevate our music instruction, and how music education be used as a conduit to help young people who have experienced trauma.

Ep. 69: Tinder for musical instruments – matchmaking AND community building

At Enhance Life with Music, we believe that music and music-making has value for all of us humans, regardless of age, or where we live in the world, or whether we will eventually be a professional musician or not. We also are aware of the fact that not everyone can afford a musical instrument AND arts education funding is not particularly stable and many schools are operating with very little, if any, music education funding. Enter Instruments in the Cloud, an online giving platform that connects donors of musical instruments and supplies with teachers and music programs. Whether you have a need for instruments or are on a de-cluttering rampage, learn what this musical instrument match-making service can offer your community!

Ep. 68: Advocating for justice with music, and cultivating creativity for the common good; with Sara Groves

Singer/songwriter Sara Groves describes how her Christian faith informs her advocacy for justice, community-building, and cultivation of creativity for the common good. Through nurturing a creative community of people who learn, grow, and create together, Sara believes good things result for us all – including our world’s most vulnerable – and point people toward the same things that Jesus is interested in.

Ep. 67: “Why You Like It: The Science and Culture of Musical Taste,” with author Nolan Gasser, PhD

Dr. Nolan Gasser was the chief architect of Pandora’s Music Genome Project, and is author of the 2019 book, Why You Like It: The Science and Culture of Musical Taste. Dr. Gasser discusses his role in the Music Genome Project and the ethical component of its design. He then explains some of the most important factors that influence our individual musical tastes.