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Enhance Life with Music

By Mindy Peterson

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.

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    Ep.78: How and when are songs selected for TV & film scenes? with Jody Friedman01/19/2021
    36:36
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    Ep. 77: Music interventions in speech development & disorders, with Laura Moorer, M.A., CCC-SLP01/12/2021
    36:09
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    Ep. 76: What are the benefits of being an adult (even “old”!) beginner? With New York Times bestselling author Tom Vanderbilt01/05/2021
    33:51
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    Ep. 75: How Pfizer, Sony, and Unilever use music to develop their executives’ business & leadership skills; with Maestro Roger Nierenberg12/29/2020
    36:09
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    Ep. 74: Why do birds (and insects and whales) sing? With David Rothenberg, PhD12/22/2020
    29:47
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    Ep. 73: Philip Brunelle, Godfather of the Scandinavian Lutheran choral mafia12/15/2020
    30:57
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    Ep. 72: “The orchestra that doesn’t behave:” The story of one community music group, with Marlene Pauley12/08/2020
    28:53
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    Ep. 71: Give the gift of music: Research-based ways to GIFT music (the gift that keeps on giving)12/01/2020
    30:22
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    Ep. 70: What you don’t know about 1 in 6 people you encounter, and why it matters; with David Knott11/24/2020
    30:49
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    Ep. 69: Tinder for musical instruments – matchmaking AND community building11/17/2020
    31:59
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    Ep. 68: Advocating for justice with music, and cultivating creativity for the common good; with Sara Groves11/10/2020
    35:20
  4. 12.
    Ep. 67: “Why You Like It: The Science and Culture of Musical Taste,” with author Nolan Gasser, PhD11/03/2020
    31:49
  5. 13.
    Ep. 66: Olympic trainer Daniel Stewart on enhancing motivation and performance with music10/27/2020
    30:02
  6. 14.
    Ep. 65: Musical Playgrounds–the neuroscience of nature & music combined with PLAY! With Melissa Hughes, Ph.D.10/20/2020
    30:15
  7. 15.
    Ep. 64: Does Practice Make Perfect? With Ed Varner, Ed.D.10/13/2020
    33:56
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    Ep. 63: Confessions of a piano tuner, with Billy Sadler10/06/2020
    30:40
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    Ep. 62: How do restrictions and limitations INCREASE our creativity? With Dr. Patricia Stokes09/29/2020
    28:48
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    Ep. 61: The moral, artistic, and economic power of color in classical music, with Afa Dworkin09/22/2020
    31:52
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    Ep. 60: How does music training affect children’s Social-Emotional Learning, and how is SEL affected by a pandemic? With Dr. Assal Habibi09/15/2020
    38:39
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    Ep 59: How does MUSIC learning impact OTHER learning? With Dr. Anita Collins09/08/2020
    37:18
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    Ep. 58: What does Sesame Street music have to do with guide dogs? September is National Guide Dog Month; with Rena Strober09/01/2020
    30:30
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    Ep. 57: What the music you like says about your personality; with David Greenberg, PhD08/25/2020
    37:37
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    Ep. 56: How do artists and songwriters get paid when I stream their song or hear it played in a store? With Songtrust’s Anna Bond08/18/2020
    34:31
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    Ep. 55: “If you are not at the table, you are on the menu.” Music education in the new “classroom,” with David Jewell08/11/2020
    32:14
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    Ep. 54: What happens when an entrepreneur combines music, health, and technology? With Point Motion Founder & CEO Kevin Clark08/04/2020
    34:18
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    Ep. 53: One teen’s story of how she ended up on Spotify, with Grace Lundeen07/28/2020
    22:19
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    Ep. 52: In honor of the “2020” Olympics: The MUSICAL Olympic event, with champion equestrian Betsy Van Dyke07/21/2020
    44:13
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    Ep. 51: Conscious music: How do lyrics shape my mental narrative? with Jamie Goldstein, PsyD07/14/2020
    32:17
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    Ep. 50: Earworms: How do songs get stuck in my head, and how can I get rid of them?! with Dr. Katherine Cotter07/07/2020
    26:14
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    Ep. 49: “Traditional learning methods don’t work for me.” Utilizing Multiple Intelligences in Learning, with Graeme Winder06/30/2020
    36:48
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    Ep. 48: Tips from a time management coach on accomplishing (or helping our kids accomplish) musical goals this summer, with Elizabeth Grace Saunders06/23/2020
    28:40
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    Ep. 47: In honor of George Floyd: The role of music in social justice; with Bruce Henry06/16/2020
    35:38
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    Ep. 46: How do songs end up on Spotify playlists, anyway? With Streaming Promotions’ Michael Sloane06/09/2020
    30:03
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    Ep. 45: Laurie Berkner describes music’s stabilizing effect for children during uncertain times, and serenades her graduating childhood fans06/02/2020
    27:08
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    Ep. 44: What will the music education of the future look like? With Dr. Clint Randles05/26/2020
    37:05
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    Ep. 43: Memorial Day: A combat veteran tells his story and shares how music is serving those who serve our country, with CreatiVets’ Richard Casper05/19/2020
    35:37
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    Ep. 42: What does hip-hop have to do with mental health and well-being? With child and adolescent clinical psychologist Dr. Eliott Gann05/12/2020
    36:59
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    Ep. 41: Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a look at how music preserves Mexican heritage and connects cultures, with Eugene Rodriguez05/05/2020
    22:28
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    Ep. 40: Does society serve art, or does art serve society? A metropolitan opera utilizes music as a community development program teaching academic, vocational, and life skills.04/28/2020
    25:10
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    Ep. 39: Parkinson’s Disease Interventions with Music; “Music provides structure for movement.” Marion Haase, M.M.04/21/2020
    30:30
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    Ep. 38: How does music affect my TV viewing experience? With TV production insider Steve Mulholland04/14/2020
    26:09
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    Ep. 37: Businesses turn to jazz to develop teamwork, leadership, and innovation; with Jazz Impact’s Dr. Michael Gold04/07/2020
    29:00
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    Ep. 36: Mental Skills for Stress Reduction and Peak Performance, with author Dr. Vanessa Cornett03/31/2020
    30:11
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    Ep. 35: Oxytocin and dopamine in times of social-distancing; and how does music give us the chills? With Indre Viskontas03/24/2020
    35:29
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    Ep. 34: Music as palliative care, a container for sacred moments, and lifetime preserver of memories; with Crescent Cove’s Katie Lindenfelser03/17/2020
    31:00
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    Ep. 33: Looking for music lessons that fit your unique situation? Check out these options, with MacPhail Center for Music’s Paul Babcock03/10/2020
    32:10
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    Ep. 32: The immediate, visible, hands-on power you didn’t know you have, with Save School Music’s John Benham03/03/2020
    26:35
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    Ep. 31: "Good Music, Brighter Children: Simple and Practical Ideas to Help Transform Your Child's Life Through the Power of Music," with author Sharlene Habermeyer02/25/2020
    33:02
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    Ep. 30: Baseball & organ – the sound of spring fever, with MN Twins organist Sue Nelson02/18/2020
    22:45
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    Ep. 29: Music tech interventions for mental health challenges (with staggering success rates), with Noise Solution’s Simon Glenister02/11/2020
    37:29
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    Ep. 28: My CHILD is taking music lessons; what’s MY role? with Suzanne Greer02/04/2020
    31:18
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    Ep. 27: Are musicians better able to pick up subtle emotional cues? with Dr. Nina Kraus01/28/2020
    32:11
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    Ep. 26: Music's Role in Video Games, with Dr. Ryan Thompson, MSU Game Design and Development Program01/21/2020
    35:59
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    Ep. 25: MLK Day: Role of Spirituals within African American Culture, with award-winning musician and educator Bruce Henry01/14/2020
    35:03
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    Ep. 24: Autism Interventions with Music, with Esther Thane, MTA, AVPT01/07/2020
    33:31
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    Ep. 23: Enhance Athletic Performance by up to 15% with the Legal Doping of MUSIC, with Power Music’s Dan Hubbert12/31/2019
    31:05
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    Ep. 22: Putting Joy on the Menu for Hospitalized Kids, with Children’s Cancer Association’s MyMusicRx12/24/2019
    31:15
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    Ep. 21: An American Pianist Successfully Invades Russia (and "The Life of Pi"), with Robert Thies12/17/2019
    33:12
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    Ep. 20: Music Heals the Soul, with founder & Dove Award winning songwriter Steve Siler12/10/2019
    34:48
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    Ep. 19: What IS it about Christmas Music?! Love it or not, why the response? with psychologist Dr. Krystine Batcho12/03/2019
    34:16
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    Ep. 18: Is Background Music Influencing My Purchasing (or my Thanksgiving Guests)?! with Songtradr's Jody McKinley11/26/2019
    26:47
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    Ep. 17: Vietnam’s Best-Kept Secret is its Bright and Diverse Music Scene (with Sivaraj Pragasm)11/19/2019
    30:20
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    Ep. 16: The Backstory of "Awakenings" and "The Music Never Stopped," with Dr. Concetta Tomaino (basis of a main character in each film)11/12/2019
    30:34
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    Ep. 15: Veterans Day Tribute + Role of Music in the Military: with Jari Villanueva, Taps Historian, USAF11/05/2019
    36:47
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    Ep. 14: The Healing Power of Music for Child Soldiers and Refugees: with Hollywood Music in Media Awards Nominee Samite Mulondo10/29/2019
    34:41
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    Ep. 13: Heartbeat of the Stadium and the Sound of Fall: Cheers to the Drumline (with UNT Drumline + Director of Athletic Bands Daniel Cook)10/22/2019
    22:55
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    Ep. 12: Coldplay's Music Therapy for Kids Suffering Illness: with Melodic Caring Project's Levi & Stephanie Ware10/15/2019
    37:24
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    Ep. 11: A Lion Mom Roars: with America’s Got Talent Contestant Susan Pascale10/08/2019
    35:28
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    Ep. 10: NHL Season Kick-off -- Gloria! (with theScore hockey editor Josh Gold-Smith)10/01/2019
    39:59
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    Ep. 9: Artist Spotlight (from Australia to Cincinnati, Composer & Vegan Foodie Douglas Knehans)09/24/2019
    34:14
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    Ep. 8: Music Improves Concentration (“Music is the new superfood.” – Dr. Julia Mossbridge)09/17/2019
    26:19
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    Ep. 7: Sound of Your Heritage: Music's Role in Jewish Culture and Celebrations (Hazzan Alisa Pomerantz-Boro)09/10/2019
    36:42
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    Ep. 6: How to Get Your Child to Practice... Without Resorting to Violence! (Author Cynthia Richards)09/03/2019
    30:13
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    Ep. 5: Why is the Ukulele So Popular? (Ben Hassenger, Ukulele Ambassador to Michigan)08/27/2019
    32:28
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    Ep. 4: Music Rewires the Brain (Maegan Morrow, music therapist to Gabby Giffords)08/20/2019
    29:16
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    Ep. 3: Music Reduces Poverty (BIIG MIIC & Urban Ventures)08/13/2019
    27:48
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    Ep. 2: Music in Movie Trailers (Ariella Abrams)08/04/2019
    28:51
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    Ep. 1: Introduction07/31/2019
    10:37

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