Judith’s Journeys

Judith travels for speaking engagements all over the country, presenting Music 4 Life® Institutes and keynotes for music therapists and other health professionals working in trauma, addiction, oncology, PTSD, veterans and mental health.

In the midst of increasing demand, Judith was forced to focus on her own health as she journeyed through breast cancer. She continues to be cancer-free and has expanded her practice across the country supporting health professionals and music therapists-in-training, clients and treatment centers.

\”Music Powers Potential\”  TEDxUNLV Talk

For up-to-date news on her journeys, listen to Music 4 Life® Radio for a slice of real time life.

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Music 4 Life goes Downtown Las Vegas

This month First Friday Las Vegas is excited to partner with the Music 4 Life® team to bring their state of the art life skills programs to the Downtown Las Vegas community. There will be 3 workshops hosted in the Emergency Arts Building this October that community members are encouraged to attend. Please find the details below or download the flyer to share.

Day 1: Wellness Circle

Stress Management Skills for Busy People


Life is incredible, but also can be very stressful. Things can change without warning, and it’s important to be prepared. This class was created to help you build your capacity to deal with more stress in life. Use mental fitness tools real time, building the proper muscle to increase resiliency to stress! Walk away feeling better and have fun in the process!  Don’t wait ’til later for damage control – do sanity control now!

Date: 10/09/14

Time: 5:30 pm to 7 pm

Teacher: Amy Frost, Delivering Happiness blogger


Day 2: Music Medicine

Does your music increase your capacity to handle stress?


It is no secret that stress is the #1 killer in the U.S. Our bodies need a balanced music diet, just like it does nutrition and exercise to support a healthy mind, body and spirit. There are 3 energies required in this diet of reorganizing your playlists. Learn how you can take control of your music listening habits to handle more stress. Listen to the TEDxUNLV Talk: “Music Powers Potential: Building Mental Fitness”

Date: 10/16/14

Time: 5:30 pm – 7 pm

Teacher: Judith Pinkerton, TEDx speaker


Day 3: Happy Hour Drumming


No cocktails needed (none served) as we drum up happiness! No experience needed, and those with experience are harnessed! Music 4 Life® provides the drums and rhythm instruments, and feel free to bring your favorite noisemaker!

Date: 10/23/14

Time: 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Teacher: G Eric Miles, First Friday Las Vegas drum circle facilitator

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TEDxUNLV Speaker

April 11, 2014 UNLV hosted TEDxUNLV Event


Judith Pinkerton is 1 of 15 speakers at TEDxUNLV. Her Tedx talk is titled:

Music Powers Potential: Building Mental Fitness

We need your help to spread the word about music’s ability to keep people in stress, anxiety, anger, depression or sadness, or significantly reduce these problem moods using different listening habits. Please share or post anywhere and everywhere. Pass it along to people, organizations, or groups that you think would be interested!

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Creating Healthy Lifestyles: Mental Fitness

FREE event Creating Healthy Lifestyles!

Join Judith, Amy Frost and guest speakers to experience Music 4 Life® programs which create healthy lifestyles.

Next free event is Sunday, January 26 and March 16, 3:00-5:00pm featuring Judith, Mikke Wade and Amy Frost.  RSVP by calling 702-889-2881 or register online.




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International Women’s Forum VIP Speaker

Judith Pinkerton was selected by the International Women’s Forum as a VIP Speaker with an all-expense paid trip to Montego Bay, Jamaica on May 31, 2013. She joined other prolific experts presenting cutting-edge information at this annual global conference focusing on “Music: an Instrument for Change.”

“The feedback for your session, Music & Your Health, has been overwhelmingly positive, and we are grateful for your considerable contribution to it. The insights you and your fellow panelists shared created an interesting and informative dialogue about the benefits of music, and how creative leaders are connecting people to music in more innovative ways than ever before. Your discussion could have continued for the whole afternoon, and I know a few of the participants wish it had! It was our distinct pleasure to have you with us, and we thank you for helping to shape the discussion and to inform the world’s women leaders.”
–  Hon. Deedee Corradini
IWF President, 2011-2013

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Healing Entertainment!

World-class percussionists join author, speaker and award-winning founder of Music 4 Life® Judith Pinkerton, presenting community drum circles and music medicine that heal audiences with significant stress reduction.

Groups numbering 5 to 75: drums and rhythm instruments are provided for interactive experiences in the drum circle, presented by trained drum circle facilitators, including world-class percussionists who have performed with Santana, Oprah, and Maya Angelou, to name a few.

For groups of all sizes, music medicine programs empower audiences to be responsible for their own health care by teaching user-friendly life skills for mental fitness. Presented with inspiring stories that motivate participants to live differently.

Click here to schedule a program

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Moving onto Solutions Wellness Campus

One of my business advisors taught me a lesson in co-branding today when he asked how long I’ve been using my trademarked company name: Music 4 Life®. The answer: 12 years. Then he asked how long I’ve been known in Las Vegas promoting and providing music therapy. The answer: 23 years.  Because you can google Music 4 Life® and find MANY people using the name (infringing on my registered trademark), he emphasized that my name needs to be co-branded with the business. So, Judith Pinkerton’s Music 4 Life® Health Club & Training Center on our building! Stay tuned with excitement building for Music 4 Lifers with our move onto Solutions Wellness Campus and Grand Opening on Sept. 12, 2012, Noon-1:30pm.


Complimentary lunch, refreshments, drum circle, ribbon cutting, tours and more!

2975 South Rainbow Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89146


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Transforming Trauma

So who is the Archangel of Music? This question reigns in my mind having travelled through trauma the past two days.

It wasn’t until after my lead Drum Circle Facilitator Idris Hester shared his current story with me that I decided to come forth with Wednesday’s trauma. Pictures in my mind’s eye reveal frozen panic when I saw my dirty, torn violin case in front of me/my car in the middle of the road.

Fortunately, with God’s invisible cloak, twice, invaluable instruments were protected from harm within four days of each experience. Idris was driving from one location to another via the freeway with prized djembes left on top of his car and never falling to the ground, and my violin/bows surviving without a scratch (still in tune) under my car while driving/reversing/turning ~ 300 feet.

Miracles happen daily. THANK YOU GOD.  The music cannot be stopped.

Rather than purchase another violin case, Zadkiel was returned to the Jaeger case which I had purchased in Switzerland decades ago.  When queried by a family member about my violin’s name, I began reminiscing – then googling – to confirm my memory.  A book that held meaning for me at the time I brought Zadkiel into my life identified this archangel as charged with the responsibility of music. Made sense to me. At the time I had transitioned from retail management back into music, starting a talent agency to perform all the time to re-connect with my spirit. So I upgraded my violin and Zadkiel was born into my life.

But archangels’ responsibilities must get re-organized because every google search now results in labeling a different archangel in charge of music – Uriel? Sandalphon? Lucifer (before he fell out of heaven)?  Sounds like they have cross-training to accommodate for heavy workloads.  God knows they’re probably putting in a lot of overtime right now to save earth in this time of heavy doses of trials.

So what’s my personal perspective of all this?

Heaven is what we make of each moment. I’m not waiting to die to go there. I create it right now with peace of mind and living in the present moment, inviting God’s eternal presence to act through me with compassion, love, mercy, grace, charity, comfort, joy, forgiveness, transformation and gentleness. Not to say I am totally comfortable all of the time allowing free movement of all these God qualities, but hey – I’m just human having a “be-ing” experience where I am challenged daily with balancing do-ing with be-ing.

So, through sharing with a few chosen others and contemplating this week’s journey in music, meditation and prayer, I have stopped beating myself up for running over my violin two days ago, and instead embraced the miracle of the day, learned an invaluable life lesson, and moved on to living in the moment fully – without getting stuck in the past!

You too can shift when you need to by using all these methods including Music 4 Life’s Music Medicine life skills. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if you, too, could fluidly flow through all your emotions with self-regulation that targets optimal productivity, peace and joy? I invite you to join me on a constant path of self-discovery, awareness and empowerment as we journey together through the unfolding events of 2012.

More to be revealed …

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Judith Pinkerton Launches New Webinar Series

Current events and educational workshops are featured in webinars with key-note speaker Judith Pinkerton. Her perspective on music used as medicine has proved to be invaluable in helping participants transform life conditions.  The Music 4 Life® webinars are loaded with content and sometimes advertised only three days in advance for free presentations, so become a member of Music 4 Life to receive timely notifications.

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Part 4 (Final) – Nevada Music Therapy Licensure Journey

Welcome to my final blog on successful legislative advocacy, addressing our failures and successes with legislation. The following is a brief overview excerpted from upcoming presentations for the Online Conference for Music Therapy, February 18, 06:15 GMT and the Western Region Conference in Salt Lake City, March 23, 5pm.

Legislative Bills

As a result of teamwork, five music therapy bills were introduced to the Nevada Legislature between 2007-2011. Two passed, one failed, one was written into the successful bill, and one bill converted to the other successful bill.  It sounds complicated even though in the moment everything seems perfectly clear – or not.  Immersing ourselves into the state legislative process with courage and commitment to finding out how it works – or doesn’t work – allowed us to fully blend with the myriad of pathways to successful legislation.  I urge you to connect with your district’s legislators from both houses so that they come to know and trust you. Relationships are so important for successful legislation.

  • Familiarize legislators with music therapy that connects to their personal interests.
  • Introduce legislators to music therapy resources within their district that may be outside their personal interest, but connects them to constituents.
  • Follow up constantly with legislators who are interested in pursuing state recognition for music therapy. Remember – it’s not about getting a job, but rather providing greater access to services, protecting the public, avoiding confusion, and regulating service provision by requiring credentials.

Success depends on your backbone, not your wishbone.” — Unknown


Be willing to fail as you advocate for state recognition: we built success with final music therapy licensure passage from past failures. And remember – it’s easier to apologize if a mis-step is made: claim ignorance then move on.

“A successful man is one who can build a firm foundation with the bricks that others throw at him.” — Davi d Brinkley

A federal music therapy grant I submitted for $1.6 million was scored high and recommended for funding, but national disasters re-routed funding to other areas. Medicaid approved then rescinded music therapy provider approval. The military mental health network declined music therapy provider status due to lack of a state license. State recognition was divided between north and south for reimbursing music therapy for children with Autism. Senate Bill SB558 (2007) appeared dead but was actually added to Senate Bill SB579 for passage in the “nth hour.” Assembly Bill AB445 (2009) failed miserably.

“Failure is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.” — Henry Ford

Music Therapy Successes in Nevada

  1. Senate Bill SB 579 for Music Therapy Equipment Statewide (2007) $109,590
  2. Fund for a Healthy Nevada music therapy programs (2008-10) $305,798
  3. University of Nevada, Las Vegas adding a music therapy degree program to their strategic plan with the first class taught (Fall, 2009)
  4. Senate Bill SB190 for Music Therapy State Licensure (2011)

Final Thoughts

If you don’t understand fully what state recognition means, I humbly share that I didn’t understand it either when I began the journey in 2004  nor when I scheduled two legislative events with only 30 days notice in 2007.  So *you* too can grow your personal advocacy journey, spreading your passion, to achieve state recognition! Your journey will be different than Nevada’s journey because your state has different governance, advocates, opposition, and funding. I accept the best for your path as we grow our music therapy profession together!

“The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will.” — Vince Lombardi

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