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Music for Life

Music for Life is a music-appreciation and music-history based program that explores the purpose and value of music to humanity’s enrichment. Hosted by Ryan Malone, each episode of Music for Life surveys the history of music, introduces its major composers and plays examples from the standard repertoire. The selections played highlight each episode's particular theme. Along the way, the discussion is usually interspersed with three segments. These segments explore each episode's theme further. 

The segment “Sounds of Scripture” surveys the biblical record's many references to music — giving a longer-sweeping historical perspective on the episode’s main theme, and giving insight into what ancient music was like. The segment “Classroom Corner” explores different methods and curricula for introducing young people to music. And in the segment “Backstage Banter,” Mr. Malone interviews performers on the concert circuit today for their perspectives on music. Finally, each episode will end with what Mr. Malone calls musical “dessert,” where he plays an example from the popular or folk tradition, or something of lighter fare musically — as relates to the episode’s main theme — to end the show.


This episode explores the prevalent usage of the harp and guitar families of instruments throughout music history. Interviews with principal harpist from Oklahoma City Philharmonic, Gaye LeBlanc, and with Celino Romero of the world-renowned Romero Guitar Quartet.

In this episode, we will explore the inspiring connections between the universe, mathematics and music. Interviews with piano technician Peter Krauss and renowned math professor Dr. David Kung.

In this episode, we will explore the inspiring connections between the universe, mathematics and music. Interviews with piano technician Peter Krauss and renowned math professor Dr. David Kung.

In this episode, we will explore the centerpiece of the standard orchestra: the string section. Interview with luthier Lou Lynch of the Tulsa Violin Shop.

In this episode, we will explore the centerpiece of the standard orchestra: the string section. Interview with luthier Lou Lynch of the Tulsa Violin Shop.

This episode explores “melody” — the power of a single musical line throughout music history. Interview with performers from the Brightmusic Chamber Society.

This episode explores “melody” — the power of a single musical line throughout music history. Interview with performers from the Brightmusic Chamber Society.

This episode explores the grand instrumental ensemble of history—particularly Western music’s most prized grouping: the orchestra. Interview with Maestro Joel Levine of the Oklahoma City Philharmonic.

This episode explores the grand instrumental ensemble of history—particularly Western music’s most prized grouping: the orchestra. Interview with Maestro Joel Levine of the Oklahoma City Philharmonic.

In this episode, Ryan Malone plays some key examples of preludes, overtures and introductions, and uses this particular episode as a prelude or an introduction to this radio program—to explain how we will approach our musical journey, and why.