Enhance Life with Music

Enhance Life with Music

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.... Show More

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Dr. Concetta Tomaino co-founded the Institute for Music and Neurologic Function with the renowned author and neurologist Dr. Oliver Sacks. Tomaino’s work is highlighted in two feature films based on Dr. Sacks’ work: The Music Never Stopped; and Awakenin... Read more

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We honor our veterans with a look at the role music plays in our military. Guest Jari Villanueva also gives a behind-the-scenes look at the call of Taps, a way of thanking the military for their service and for a job well done. Veterans Day is November 11.

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With a theme of resilience, Ugandan-born multi-instrumentalist and producer Samite Mulondo uses the power of music to bring comfort, healing, and hope to child soldiers, refugees, orphans, and others experiencing traumatic and frightening circumstances.

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For many Americans, the marching band drumline is the sound of fall – mixed with colliding helmets and crowds cheering. The marching band, and specifically the drumline, bring an energy, school spirit, and game mood to the college football experience.  We are talking today about the college drumline and its integral role in football game spirit.

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Melodic Caring Project is a non-profit organization that uses music to provide therapy, hope, and empowerment to children suffering from serious illness or injury. Melodic Caring Project teams up with local and nationally touring artists to connect them directly to children by streaming personalized concerts to kids in their hospital rooms (or homes, in between treatment). Their use of technology makes participation easy, access... Read more

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Get Tiger Mom results without the Tiger Mom bite! In her article, “A Lion Mom Roars,” Susan Pascale discusses her methods for getting high-level results without sacrificing a child’s childhood or the parent-child relationship.  She explains how to have high expectations for excellence and ambition for your children and students – without the negativity that can go along with being a Tiger Mom (a term that because a household phr... Read more

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Organ music immediately sets the mood for fans, fills breaks in the action, and engages the crowd. Hear the story of St. Louis Blues’ rallying cry, Gloria, and engage with your hockey team’s organist on Twitter.

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Our first Artist Spotlight episode features composer, animal-lover, and vegan foodie Dr. Douglas Knehans, who has lived and worked in places as varied as Australia and Cincinnati.

His compositions have been performed worldwide at Steinway Hall, Carnegie Hall, and festivals in Italy, Poland, Czech Republic, Ukraine, Austria, the US and Australia.

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We Americans love productivity: We love feeling productive, we’re proud of increasing our productivity, and we’re fond of anything that will get us into a flow state, also known as being “in the zone” – that mental state of being fully immersed in an activity with energized focus. Studies and brainscans have shown that certain music can bring us to a focused flow state and then keep us there, ... Read more

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Music has been a part of Jewish life since ancient Biblical times, and remains integral to the Jewish religious and cultural experiences. Hazzan Pomerantz-Boro tells us about the Jewish High Holidays (personal preparation is taking place now) and the role Jewish music plays in Jewish culture and holidays/celebrations. Some of America’s greatest composers and songwriters are Jewish (including Aaron Copeland, George Gershwin, Irvi... Read more

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This book is a classic, and I have been recommending it to my students’ families for years. The author makes a strong case for musical training and daily practice for all kids, even if they are not one of the rare kids who enjoy practicing. Gently but firmly implementing daily practice time for your child will provide musical rewards they can enjoy for a lifetime (not to mention the many life skills learned through music lessons... Read more

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The ukulele seems to have exploded in popularity in the last five years or so with both amateurs and experienced musicians, and across all ages!  Ben Hassenger, self-described Ukulele Ambassador to Michigan, explains why the ukulele is so attractive to so many people across so many demographics.  He also explains the versatility of the instrument in spanning all levels of difficulty: the uke is small, portable, and accessible fo... Read more

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After Gabby Giffords’ horrific shooting in 2011, Maegan Morrow helped her re-learn to speak using music therapy.  Maegan explains how music is used for healing the brain. The brain's ability to pave new pathways around damaged areas is called neuroplasticity. Learn how music generates neuroplasticity superpowers!

Among its many benefits, singing strengthens the immune system; increases lung capacity; is a natural anti... Read more

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Lasting solutions to urban poverty span all the way from cradle to career–empowering communities by putting education, families, and community assets at the core. Urban Ventures provides cradle-to-career support for youth and families in one of Minneapolis’ most under-resourced neighborhoods, through  Read more

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Sometimes we are not fully aware of how music is affecting our lives. Today’s episode is an example of this; the episode is about how we are influenced by music in movie trailers, probably without even realizing it.  Guest Ariella Abrams is a creative manager at Score a Score, an award winning Los Angeles music company specializing in original music for marketing. How important is the music in trailers... Read more

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July 30, 2019 10 min

This introductory episode explains what the podcast is all about, how it came to be, and host Mindy Peterson's personal relationship with music.

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