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Author: Mindy Peterson

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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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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. Links and notes related to this episode can be found at https://mpetersonmusic.com/podcast/episode70   Facebook Page Instagram LinkedIn Twitter  
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! Links and notes related to this episode can be found at https://mpetersonmusic.com/podcast/episode69   Facebook Page Instagram LinkedIn Twitter  
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. Links and notes related to this episode can be found at https://mpetersonmusic.com/podcast/episode68   Facebook Page Instagram LinkedIn Twitter
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. Links and notes related to this episode can be found at https://mpetersonmusic.com/podcast/episode67   Facebook Page Instagram LinkedIn Twitter
Athletic anthems can be used to enhance motivation and performance in athletics, on the job, and in life. Author and trainer-to-Olympians Daniel Stewart discusses selecting the perfect song for your situation, the role of song lyrics, and converting your anthem to a mojo mantra. Links and notes related to this episode can be found at https://mpetersonmusic.com/podcast/episode66   Facebook Page Instagram LinkedIn Twitter
We are hard-wired to learn through play, and to learn better in nature. Musical playgrounds utilize outdoor musical instruments and the science behind them to combine learning, nature, and play to promote community health and engagement. With no wrong notes, musical training is optional; and the resulting music is always as delightful as the sound of a windchime!  Bonus: Stay tuned for until the Coda for a powerful dentophobia hack! Links and notes related to this episode can be found at https://mpetersonmusic.com/podcast/episode65   Facebook Page Instagram LinkedIn Twitter
There is a pretty universal saying that “Practice Makes… [and we all fill in the blank] Perfect.” Ed Varner, Ed.D., argues that improvement, not perfection, should be the goal in the creation of art, in education, in work, and in everything that we do. He explains what he calls “The Practice” and how this approach is the application of his belief that music has value for EVERYone. Links and notes related to this episode can be found at https://mpetersonmusic.com/podcast/episode64   Facebook Page Instagram LinkedIn Twitter
Piano tuners interact with a broad swath of people, including performing celebrities, stage crew, academics, and everyday families with kids taking lessons. They interact with people on stage, backstage, in their workplaces, and in their homes. Billy Sadler has been an Independent Piano Tuner & Technician since 1971. He shares some of his experiences with celebrities including Prince, Leon Fleisher, Harry Connick Jr., and Chris Thile. Links and notes related to this episode can be found at https://mpetersonmusic.com/podcast/episode63   Facebook Page Instagram LinkedIn Twitter
One thing that we have all experienced, like never before, in this global pandemic and the quarantines that come with it, have been restrictions, limitations, and constraints – personally, professionally, and academically. This has led a lot of us to look back longingly at the status quo, and comment that we just want things to go back to normal, back to the way they always were. But what if these restrictions and limitations could actually increase our creativity and innovation? Dr. Stokes, author of “Creativity from Constraints,” discusses how and why to embrace constraints and use them to our advantage. Links and notes related to this episode can be found at https://mpetersonmusic.com/podcast/episode62   Facebook Page Instagram LinkedIn Twitter
Intentional gate-keeping has taken place throughout history to keep classical music white. Afa Dworkin discusses the implications of the genre’s color spectrum from a moral, artistic, and economic perspective. Links and notes related to this episode can be found at https://mpetersonmusic.com/podcast/episode61   Facebook Page Instagram LinkedIn Twitter
Many life accomplishments depend less on academic learning than on social-emotional skills such as perseverance, impulse control, empathy, and a willingness to cooperate. Dr. Assal Habibi explains the effects of childhood music training on social development, and how social-emotional skills transfer to other, more consequential areas of life as children get older. Links and notes related to this episode can be found at https://mpetersonmusic.com/podcast/episode60   Facebook Page Instagram LinkedIn Twitter
Dr. Anita Collins’ new book,“The Music Advantage: How learning music helps your child’s brain and wellbeing,” was released September 1, 2020. Learn what research shows about the cognitive nutrient of sound, and about music learning’s foundational relationship to other learning, including reading. Links and notes related to this episode can be found at https://mpetersonmusic.com/podcast/episode59   Facebook Page Instagram LinkedIn Twitter
Rena Strober is a Broadway, film, and television actor (Disney’s Liv & Maddie, VEEP, and Shameless ) is also an advocate for the blind. Her brand new album, “Imagine That! The Sesame Street Music of Joe Raposo & Jeff Moss,” features an all-blind children’s choir, as well as many famous guest artists. Rena tells us what makes this album so incredibly special. “What the world needs now, more than ever, is the music of Sesame Street. We need to be reminded that being kind is simple and being ‘different’ is beautiful,” says Rena. Links and notes related to this episode can be found at https://mpetersonmusic.com/podcast/episode58   Facebook Page Instagram LinkedIn Twitter
Our musical tastes provide remarkable insight into our personality traits. Dr. David Greenberg has combined science, music, and psychology to develop Musical Universe, “a 23andMe for music,” whose data has been used by top research institutions. Take Musical Universe’s free 15-minute test to discover what the music you listen to reflects about your “Big Five” personality traits. Links and notes related to this episode can be found at https://mpetersonmusic.com/podcast/episode57   Facebook Page Instagram LinkedIn Twitter
Royalties refer to the income artists earn when people or businesses use their music, including streams, radio play, album sales, musical toys(!), and more. We discuss the two most common royalties, performance and mechanical, and how these are distributed to artists, song writers, band members, and other rights holders. Bonus: Learn who gets unclaimed royalties! Links and notes related to this episode can be found at https://mpetersonmusic.com/podcast/episode56   Facebook Page Instagram LinkedIn Twitter
What is K-12 music education going to look like moving forward with a new, non-traditional “classroom?” Guest David Jewell says, “It is important to keep music at the forefront in the ‘new normal.’ …If you are not at the table, you are on the menu. One person can make a big difference. Take that step and be at the table.” We discuss the “why” and “how” of keeping music at the forefront in whatever form the “classroom” takes moving forward. Links and notes related to this episode can be found at https://mpetersonmusic.com/podcast/episode55   Facebook Page Instagram LinkedIn Twitter
What if… there was a medical and educational assessment tool that could be used in person OR remotely; had the effect of lowering costs and reducing administrative burdens; was applicable across cultures, age groups, and physical & mental abilities; AND improved medical & educational outcomes? Point Motion has combined music, health, and technology to create this tool. Links and notes related to this episode can be found at https://mpetersonmusic.com/podcast/episode54   Facebook Page Instagram LinkedIn Twitter  
When presented with some extra time as a result of the pandemic quarantine this spring, this teen completed her first album of original music and published it on Spotify! Grace Lundeen tells us about the genesis of her song-writing; her story of composing and recording an album; and her experience putting these songs out into the world. Links and notes related to this episode can be found at https://mpetersonmusic.com/podcast/episode53   Facebook Page Instagram LinkedIn Twitter
In the spirit of the 2020-Tokyo-Summer-Olympics-that-would-have-been, we are highlighting a MUSICAL Olympic event that some listeners may not even be aware of, and that is the equestrian dressage musical freestyle. This event is really the grand finale of all the dressage events – only the top finalists in other Olympic Dressage events advance to the musical freestyle, which is the event that determines the top medals. And it is the only Olympic event in which men and women compete together as equals. “Freestyle is the pinnacle of Dressage execution and when it works, the result is magic.” – International Olympic Committee website (The 2020 Summer Olympics were originally scheduled for July 24-August 9, 2020) Links and notes related to this episode can be found at https://mpetersonmusic.com/podcast/episode52   Facebook Page Instagram LinkedIn Twitter
Sometimes just a small habit adjustment can have a significant course-correction effect. Michael Franti says, "The best songs have positive messages hidden inside, like a positive affirmation." Meaningful words combined with a melody have the ability to integrate messages into our minds in a unique and powerful way. Links and notes related to this episode can be found at https://mpetersonmusic.com/podcast/episode51   Facebook Page Instagram LinkedIn Twitter
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