Frequently Asked Questions

What is music therapy?

Music Therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program. (American Music Therapy Association definition, 2009) Music therapy interventions can be designed to:

  • promote wellness
  • manage stress
  • alleviate pain
  • express feelings
  • enhance memory
  • improve communication
  • promote physical rehabilitation.

Research in music therapy supports its effectiveness in a wide variety of healthcare and educational settings. For further information, visit AMTA.

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How do I find a music therapist?

Contact the American Music Therapy Association at or the Certification Board for Music Therapists at to find the music therapist in your area.

Music 4 Life® is in the process of training music therapists to provide Music 4 Life® programs and products. Become a member to receive regular updates about new Music 4 Life® trainers and future CMTE trainings.

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Who benefits from Music 4 Life® programs and products?

You do! If you answer "yes" to just one of these questions, Music 4 Life® may enhance your life.

  • Do you like music?
  • Would you like to improve your health?
  • Are you interested in learning about stress and pain management aids?
  • Do you want to calm down your children?
  • Could you use an energy boost?
  • Are you a weary traveler, stressed-out executive, anxious patient, frustrated mom, or angry dad?
  • Do you find it difficult to meditate, exercise, drive, work, socialize, sleep, eat or study?

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How can "The Sound of Healing" book help me?

"The Sound of Healing: Customize Your Music for Enhanced Well-Being" is a self-help book that walks you through the process of converting your personal music library into a usable health system that becomes a powerful portable command center. Are you missing music, or lost your entire collection? Or does your collection have too much emphasis on one of the USE categories? Follow the book's three-step formula and easily create your own health programs.

The book lists hundreds of music selections categorized for your USE. In fact, Billboard and Body, Mind and Spirit magazines call "The Sound of Healing" an invaluable resource - a buyer's guide for 16 different music styles presented in easy-to-reference charts.

You'll read inspiring stories from dozens of people, from all walks of life. They reveal how they use music while Judith's commentary provides insight into how they could use additional music selections to achieve increased joy and peace and decreased levels of stress, grief, and anxiety.

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What is USE MEE®?

'MEE®' is a powerful acronym meaning 'Music Exercising Emotions®' which labels the experience of mood regulation.  When problematic moods create physical, emotional or behavioral challenges, specific formulas for regulating moods are reflected in how you decide to 'USE MEE' to control your life.

Read stories from people who have benefited from Judith Pinkerton's USE MEE® approach.

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What is Judith Pinkerton's background?

Judith Pinkerton, Founder and President of Music 4 Life®, has 15+ years experience providing music therapy and Music 4 Life® for at-risk populations, including six years of supervision with a licensed marriage & family therapist.  Judith co-treats clients with other health professionals as needed.

As the author of two books, five workbooks and the producer of three therapeutic recordings, one of which has been used in several research studies, it's no wonder that Judith Pinkerton is recognized as a national authority on music therapy. Visit her Music 4 Life® Radio Show.

Judith, a board-certified music therapist, teaches Music 4 Life® programs to people from all walks of life. She also leads accredited workshops for health professionals.

Become a Music 4 Life® member to access Judith’s blog and learn more about her research with audience participants, patients and university students.

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