Campbell, Don

Don Campbell

Don Campbell is a recognized authority on the transformative power of music, listening, and The Mozart Effect®. In Campbell's unique view, music is not only a rich and rewarding aesthetic experience but an easily accessible bridge to a more creative, intelligent, healthy, and joy-filled life. His singular mission is to help return music to its central place in the modern world as a resource for growth, development, health, and celebration.

Campbell's roots—ranging from a South Texas boyhood steeped in the musical heritage of the Methodist church, to the rarefied setting of Nadia Boulanger's American Conservatory in Fontainebleau, France—could easily have led to a traditional career as a performer, composer, music researcher, educator, critic, theorist, therapist, or teacher. But Campbell, traveling the world for 35 years with an uncommon sense of openness and understanding about music's place in our lives, has taken a different path.

Campbell describes himself as a man who has "listened to the world." Yet his experiences in doing so, including the profound influence of the pioneering work of French researcher Dr. Alfred Tomatis on the central role of the ear to overall mental and physical health and the critical distinction between hearing and listening, have led to a renaissance body of work.

Campbell is the author of 22 books, including The Harmony of Health, Music: Physician for Times to Come, and the 1997 best-seller The Mozart Effect®, in which Campbell provides compelling evidence of the influence of particular sounds, tones, and rhythms on mental performance and creativity, as well as in the treatment of disease. Campbell has also produced 17 albums, including the accompanying music for The Mozart Effect® series for adults and children, which dominated the classical Billboard charts in 1998 and 1999. In addition, he is a lecturer and consultant to organizations ranging from corporations and parenting groups to symphony orchestras on how music can affect learning, healing, and other aspects of our lives.

Campbell is the acoustic and musical director of Aesthetic Audio Systems, an innovative company that provides quality music to health-care facilities. His books have been translated into 17 languages, and he has lectured in more than 25 countries, including South Africa, Brazil, Poland, Ireland, India, Israel, and Japan. A worldwide lecturer, he lives in Boulder, CO, and serves on the board of the American Music Research Center at the University of Colorado.