Benjamin D. Koen is internationally known for his pioneering work in the fields of music, wellness, healing, and meditation. He is a critically acclaimed musician, improviser, author, speaker, researcher, educator, and music-sound healer. Dr. Koen currently holds the positions of Distinguished Professor of Medical Anthropology, Medical Ethnomusicology, and the Medical Humanities at Xiamen University, China; and Professor of Interdisciplinary Humanities and Global Pathways Faculty at the Florida State University, U.S.
Dr. Koen is widely published and author of two landmark books from Oxford University Press—Beyond the Roof of the World: Music, Prayer, and Healing in the Pamir Mountains, and The Oxford Handbook of Medical Ethnomusicology.
He has conducted research, seminars, lectured, and given concerts in over 40 countries. As a musician, improviser, composer, and recording artist, Ben’s music and performances have appeared on a number of recordings, in film, television, on the web, and are featured in numerous scholarly forums, including national and international journals, textbooks, and music and art programs.
Dr. Koen served as a faculty member and consultant for the program: Longitudinal Training in Mind-Body-Spirit Medicine in Primary Care, a federal grant funded by theHealth Resources and Services Administration,U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. His research and music have also been supported by the U.S. National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the U.S. Department of Education. He served as a program reviewer for the Austrian Academy of Sciences, and was a Representative and Music Presenter for the Smithsonian Institution’s program The Silk Road – Connecting Cultures, Creating Trust.
Broadly, Dr. Koen’s research and applied practice approaches music, wellness, healing, and meditation from a holistic perspective—engaging the physical, psychological, social, emotional, and spiritual factors that create health, happiness, and prosperity. His work builds from the philosophy he calls the ontology of oneness, the core principle of unity in diversity, and is dedicated to the service and benefit of people and the advancement of education and society.
Ben’s current book, Creating Health, Happiness, and Prosperity through Music, the Mind, and Meditation (www.benkoen.com) is written for a broad, general readership—anyone interested in music, meditation, health, happiness, and prosperity. His book provides clear and effective ways for people to make conscious contact with their divine or higher nature and shows how meditation and consistent action can improve or totally transform one’s body, mind, spirit, emotions, and relationships.