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We believe a personal growth mindset is essential to growing and building your empire, and the impact of self-mastery ripples beyond the palace of your body, beyond the home of your “kingdom,”  and into every fellow king and queen in your empire, whom you inspire step up to their own throne and lead aligned with Love.

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Mar 17, 2021

Music has the power to heal! Kimberly interviews Makiko Hirata, "Dr. Pianist," on the power of music to encourage empathy, connection, and the brain-boosting benefits of biomusicology. 


In this episode, you will learn…

  • Why do musicians need to know that they are healers? (5:45)
  • How is it that babies are designed to be raised communally? (11:00)
  • What makes your hearing something that protects you? (13:30)
  • Why do you have a different way of processing the world around you? (16:00)
  • What music is conducive to healing the body? (23:30)
  • Why do you need to optimize silence? (27:30)
  • How can music be used as a tool to unite? (32:00)
  • How can you support musicians during this time? (36:15)
  • How do frequency, pitches or key changes the experience of the music we listen to? (40:30)
  • Why is there a perception that western classical music is valued as smarter? (46:15)
  • What benefit does singing have to your brain? (52:30)
  • What is the power of mirror neurons? (1:03:30)

An international pianist and recording artist, Makiko Hirata is “Dr. Pianist,” on a mission to promote music and musicians as healing agents in this world. 

As a consultant to Houston Methodist Hospital’s Center for Performing Arts Medicine, she collaborates with neuroscientists to quantify the benefit of music. She writes, gives lecture-concerts, and facilitates workshops on biomusicology, and its power to encourage empathy, reminding us how what we share is greater than our differences. She is a US-Japan Leadership Program Fellow. 

Dr. Hirata has given recitals, lectures, concerto performances and outreach concerts in the Americas, Europe and her native Japan with ensembles and artists, such as the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra, the Pecs Hungarian Symphony Orchestra, conductor Leon Fleisher, and clarinetist David Krakauer. Passionate about sharing music not just through performances, she has also taught at New York University, Colburn Conservatory of Music, Rice University, and Lone Star College, and given master classes and lectures internationally.   

Dr. Hirata is a Shigeru Kawai Artist.

Learn more about Dr. Makiko Hirata…




Book Recommendation:

Brain Rules for Babies by John Medina

Momo by Michael Ende

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