Joseph PInson - Brief Biography
Joseph Pinson, MA, MT-BC, was born in Clarksville,
Texas, on October 6, 1937. He holds degrees in music
from Southern Methodist University & the American
University. In May, 2013, he retired as Assistant Clinical
Professor at Texas Woman's University, where he had
been a member of the faculty since 1997. From 1974 to
1997 he was Director of Music at Denton State School.
Mr. Pinson has written over 100 compositions
that have been commercially published and
and recorded. He is author of Involving Seniors in
Group Group Music Therapy, published by Jessica
Kingsley and co-author (with Donald Michel) of
Music Therapy in Principle & Practice, published
by Charles C. Thomas.
In 2009 Mr. Pinson was awarded the
Community Arts Recognition Award in
Arts Education by the Greater Denton
Arts Council. In 2010 he was made an
honorary member of the UNT Chapter
of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. In 2013 he
was designated a Friend of Music by
the TWU Chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota.
Mr. Pinson and his wife Sara moved to Denton in 1969. She passed away
on February 11, 2018. They have two children and four grandchildren.
The Bell Band originated with groups that Mr. Pinson began in the
seventies at Denton State School. Through the years many of the
residents moved to the community, and the Bell Band as it exists today
was begun. Because of this long and strong connection the group is like
family. Every performance and rehearsal is a social event that adds to the
quality of life of each individual.