In The News...
Judith Pinkerton has been in the news for decades.
While living in Alaska, Judith owned a successful talent agency. Before relocating to Las Vegas, Nevada on January 1, 1989, she told the Anchorage Times ("Sound Therapy, Sound Body,"December 22, 1988) that her move to Las Vegas, paid by the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, would give her "the opportunity to create expanded, more deeply effective seminar and concert presentations." The media has followed her footsteps since then. Read what intrigues the media.
Noted cellular biologist Dr. Bruce Lipton reports that over 95 percent of all disease-related ailments in this country are created by stress. It has been found that 18.8 million American adults suffer from depressive disorders. Studies have also found that the nearly 40 million Americans who suffer from exaggerated worry and tension are six times more likely to be hospitalized than those who are not similarly afflicted. It has been estimated that medical costs associated with treating stress, depression, and anxiety exceed $300 billion annually.
The corporate challenge is monumental in reducing these costs. How does one educate, influence, and guide a group of people to make responsible choices and changes in the way they eat, sleep, work, move and live? New and better wellness strategies are constantly sought to preserve good health and decrease the risks of developing health problems.
Only recently has music started to take the lead in major wellness campaigns.
Musical Medicine Magazine news story by St. Rose Dominican Hospitals – Barbara Greenspun WomensCare Center of Excellence.
Some stories write themselves. Judith’s played itself out perfectly.
In the corner of a Green Valley bookstore, Judith Pinkerton pressed her chin firmly against her violin and begins to play.
With her eyes closed she raises her bow and strikes the strings sharply. The small group of listeners tilt their heads against the nervous, racing notes.
After a few minutes she glides into a soothing piece. Many people seated in the front row of seats close their eyes and sway their head gently. A few book browsers even stop to take a seat and soak up some soothing sounds.
Finally she snaps out of the solo with the upbeat "The Entertainer." The listeners smile and nod their heads during a faster, happier beat.
"The positive and invigorating effects of music . [make] me a true believer in . the unlimited possibilities of music's therapeutic use."
- Senator Harry Reid
As the holidays approach, how can you foster resiliency in your health to decrease stress or pain, lose the blues or increase energy? Music medicine is the way. At one time it was believed that only classical music could cure these maladies. Now there is a way that all types of music can improve health - including the music you love.
Today's music, in all its diverse styles, is used Read More...
She's a portable peacemaker.
Each week Judith Pinkerton piles her boxy suitcases filled with her percussion instruments, tapes and compact discs into her van and travels across town to meet with hospice patients.
On Tuesdays she makes a stop at Regina Hall, an adolescent group home in Henderson that serves at-risk girls ages 10 to 17.
Using drums, guitars and recorded music, she works to heal her patients, whether they suffer from physical pain, fear of... Read More...
"The kids I work with are in custody programs and are hardcore kids," Pinkerton said. "We just picked up one for murder and he is only 15 years old. These kids are abused, and they don't want to be in touch with their bodies. But the music therapy gets them back in touch, so that they release their angst and other emotions."
Nedra Armstrong, a supervisor with Family and Youth Services, said the program is positive and interesting, and it works because youngsters are taught how to calm down.
"The whole concept is that you need to match the mood (with the music) in order to express it out, and then you listen to something... Read More...
Judith Pinkerton sits in her new office surrounded by musical instruments.
It's here she manages the musical diets of teen-agers.
Most of her young clients listen to rap or hard rock music. The back beats found in these types of music add stresses to their bodies and match their angry moods, she said.
For four years Pinkerton has been practicing music... Read More...
In this fascinating book, music therapist/motivational speaker/violinist Judith Pinkerton uses the strategies of music therapy to show how music can change one's mood. Of course, most of us have instinctively used music in this way at one time or another, such as putting on a favorite song to cheer ourselves up, but Pinkerton takes this idea further explaining how to structure a program of music to most effectively dispel anger, calm... Read More...