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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.

Enhance Life with Music 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.

    Ep. 45: Laurie Berkner describes music’s stabilizing effect for children during uncertain times, and serenades her graduating childhood fans

    Ep. 45: Laurie Berkner describes music’s stabilizing effect for children during uncertain times, and serenades her graduating childhood fans

    Dubbed “the Adele of the preschool crowd” by The New York Times, Laurie Berkner explains the role music plays in children’s lives, both in “normal” times and times of anxiety.  She has a special message for Class of 2020 seniors, many of whom first fell in love with music as toddlers because of Laurie’s music!
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    • 27 min
    Ep. 44: What will the music education of the future look like? With Dr. Clint Randles

    Ep. 44: What will the music education of the future look like? With Dr. Clint Randles

    New and innovative music-making methods can engage even more students in the life-enhancing creative process of music-making. Widely available technology brings with it a plethora of additional opportunities to diversify school music curriculum and ignite the innate love of music in students who may otherwise not be a good fit for traditional school music programs.
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    • 37 min
    Ep. 43: Memorial Day: A combat veteran tells his story and shares how music is serving those who serve our country, with CreatiVets’ Richard Casper

    Ep. 43: Memorial Day: A combat veteran tells his story and shares how music is serving those who serve our country, with CreatiVets’ Richard Casper

    Marine veteran Richard Casper’s life fell apart when he returned home with combat wounds from his service in Iraq. After nearly giving up, he discovered art and song-writing as therapeutic forms of expression, and he now uses these mediums to help other veterans heal. Richard says of songwriting: “I found out how to tell my story without actually telling my story.”
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    • 35 min
    Ep. 42: What does hip-hop have to do with mental health and well-being? With child and adolescent clinical psychologist Dr. Eliott Gann

    Ep. 42: What does hip-hop have to do with mental health and well-being? With child and adolescent clinical psychologist Dr. Eliott Gann

    Hip hop culture’s core values of social justice, peace, respect, and community make the world’s most popular musical genre a relevant and effective therapeutic tool for the marginalized and at-risk population. Hip Hop beat making and culture is successfully utilized across the globe as a mental health, educational, social justice and cross-cultural intervention.
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    • 37 min
    Ep. 41: Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a look at how music preserves Mexican heritage and connects cultures, with Eugene Rodriguez

    Ep. 41: Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a look at how music preserves Mexican heritage and connects cultures, with Eugene Rodriguez

    Music can preserve culture and be a bridge between cultures. Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a look at some of the ways music is used to celebrate Mexican history and traditions, as well as promote intercultural connection.
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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.

    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.

    MN Opera’s Music Out Loud program is influenced by El Sistema, a social development program founded in Venezuela over 40 years ago. Music Out Loud is a program with a social mission that uses music, and other operatic components, in a holistic way to teach academic skills and life skills, AND enrich the community at the same time.
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    • 25 min

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20 Ratings

20 Ratings

Steve Mulholland ,

Great listening!

I really enjoyed my conversation with Mindy during Episode 38 - How does music affect my TV viewing experience? More importantly I am so impressed with Mindy's expertise in the study, education and enjoyment of music and the power it has to enhance our everyday lives. I encourage you all to listen and enjoy her podcasts!

footinswiss ,

Wow chills.

Just listened to the Coldplay music with kids. Chills and tears while listening. Thank you for sharing. Wow.

The Tech Viewer ,

Awesome Podcast

I have listened to all of the episodes and they are great! The conversations are so helpful and also very interesting. I am never bored listening to this podcast. Nice job!

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