Anthropology and Ethnology
Benjamin D. Koen
Updated: 2016-09-13





Benjamin D. Koen, Ph.D.

孔青山, 博士, 特聘教授


Email:  ben@benkoen.com

benkoen@gmail.com

www.benkoen.com

www.happyhealthywealthy.me

www.soundhealthinternational.com



CURRENT PROFESSIONAL POSITIONS

Distinguished Professor: Medical and Psychological Anthropology, and Medical, Cognitive, and Applied Ethnomusicology

(2010-Present; Distinguished Professorship awarded in 2012)

Xiamen University, College of Humanities, Department of Anthropology, Xiamen China

Founder/CEO, Sound Health International(2015-present)

Sound Health International provides experiences, education, training, and products to improve your life in the areas of your Body, Mind, Spirit, Emotions, and Relationships. Through a holistic approach to health, wellbeing, and creating your ideal life, our programs and projects are based on cutting-edge research and spiritual principles that are shared across traditions.

www.soundhealthinternational.com | www.happyhealthywealthy.me

www.benkoen.com | www.livevirtues.com

Health & Wellness, Life & Business Breakthrough Coach (2000-present)

I work with people in the health and wellness industry who have a passionate desire to serve  more people but have no idea how. I help them land on the best vehicle to share their message and gifts with the world and build their business by standing in their truth.

Music-Meditation, Sound Healing and Wellness Work (1998-present)

This work encompasses a host of practices and techniques taught and applied in individual, clinical, group, lecture, seminar, and workshop settings.

Holistic Healing Practitioner (1993-Present)

This work is an extension and combination of my research and life experience in music, wellness, and healing. I provide wellness and healing treatments integrating multiple modalities to best facilitate health and healing for clients.  

Australian Research Council: Health Science, Wellness Studies, Music and Social Science Program Assessor (2014-present), Australian Government Research Council

Editorial Advisory Board for Music: Medical Ethnomusicology (2011-present)

Oxford University Press, New York City

Professor of Interdisciplinary Humanities: Music and Medical Humanities (2010- present)

Honorary-Courtesy Appointment, Florida State University, Interdisciplinary Humanities

Professor of Humanities: Music, Medical Ethnomusicology. Honorary-Courtesy appointment.

Florida State University, Global Pathways Program (2009-present)

Oxford University Press Handbook Editor (2008-present)

Oxford University Press, New York City

Musician, Composer, Recording Artist, Master Class Teacher (1987-present)

Music Performance Areas:  Saxophones, Flutes, Clarinets, Drums, Percussion, Didgeridoo, Improvisation, Jazz, World Music, and Composition.

This work encompasses a host of diverse performance, lecture, and workshop contexts ranging from solo and small ensemble settings, to large ensembles, original composition, new music, experimental music, music for film, poetry, art, and mixed media.



EDUCATION

Ohio State University

Ph.D. Medical, Cognitive, and Applied Ethnomusicology

Dissertation: “Devotional Music and Healing in Badakhshan, Tajikistan: Preventive and

Curative Practices.” Winner of the 2004 International Innovative Dissertation Award for Developing New Dimensions in Scholarship. Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (2003).

Advisor: Professor Margarita Mazo

M.A.   Medical, Cognitive, and Applied Ethnomusicology

Thesis: “Efficacy of Music-Prayer Dynamics in Healing and Health Maintenance:

A Literature Review and Pilot Study” (2000).

Advisor: Professor Margarita Mazo

B.Mus. Jazz Studies - Performance, Saxophone major, Flute minor (1998)

Emphasis: Performance, Jazz Theory, Composition, and Improvisation

Traditional Study

§ Chinese Healing Arts, Taiji, Qigong, and Music

Several Teachers in China and the United States (1993-present)

§ Energy Medicine & Spiritual Healing: Several teachers from diverse traditions and cultures (1992-present)


Post-Doctoral Education & Training

Certificate, Professional Development in Homeopathic Medicine

School of Homeopathy, Devon England (2010)

First Aid Credit in Homeopathic Medicine

Homeopathic First Aid Training

School of Homeopathy, Devon England (2010)


Private Music Studies

Saxophone:      David Murray, World Saxophone Quartet, New York City; James Hill, Byron

                         Rooker, Vince Andrews, Gene Walker, Ohio State University; James Umble,        

                         Youngstown State University

Flute:               Katherine Borst Jones, Ohio State University

Clarinet:          Byron Rooker, Ohio State University

African drums:Babatunde Olatunji, New York City; Daniel Avorgbedor, Ohio State University, Chibuzor Uwadione, Israel and the U.S.

Indigenous Flutes and Drums: Traditional teachers in several countries


PROFESSIONAL APPOINTMENTS / TEACHING EXPERIENCE


Full Professor: Medical and Psychological Anthropology, and Medical, Cognitive, and Applied Ethnomusicology (2010-2012)

           Xiamen University, College of Humanities, Department of Anthropology, Xiamen China

Tenured Associate Professor: Medical, Cognitive, & Applied Ethnomusicology

           Florida State University College of Music (2008-2011)

Program Reviewer: Austrian Academy of Sciences

           Max-Kade Fellowship Program at Harvard University (2010-2011)

Pastoral Care Advisory Council Member

           Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare/Hospital, Tallahassee Florida (2005-2010)

Assistant Professor: Medical, Cognitive, & Applied Ethnomusicology

           Florida State University College of Music (2003-2008)

Affiliate Faculty Member: Asian Studies, Middle East Center, Center for Music of theAmericas

           Florida State University (2003-2011)

Professor for The Academy, Pepper Institute on Aging and Public Policy

           Florida State University (spring, 2007)

Consultant and Faculty, Longitudinal Training in Mind-Body-Spirit Medicine in Primary Care

           Major Federal Grant funded by theHealth Resources and Services Administration

           U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (2007-09)

Music Presenter/Teacher - 36th Annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival (2002)

          Smithsonian Institution Center For Folklife and Cultural Heritage

          The Silk Road: Connecting Cultures, Creating Trust, Washington D.C.

Medical Ethnomusicologist/Anthropologist; Research Associate (2001)

          The Aga Khan Humanities Project For Central Asia Dushanbe and Khorog, Tajikistan.

Fellow, U.S. Department of Education Foreign Language and Area Studies Program

          Ohio State University Middle East Studies Center (1998, 2000-2002)

          Language: Persian; Cultures:  Iran and Tajikistan

Music-Cultural Exchange, Music Performance, Lectures, Presentations (1996-1997)

          Foreign Ministry of Liaoning Province, The U.S. Consulate Information Service.

Foreign Expert in Music, Culture and Language (College Faculty Position)

          Liaoning College, Shenyang, China (1996-1997)

Teaching Associate – Ethnomusicology, Historical Musicology (1998-2003)

         Ohio State University School of Music

Graduate Research Associate, Cognitive Ethnomusicology Laboratory (2000-2001)

         Ohio State University


Assistant to Balinese Choreographer/Composer

        I Gusti Agung Ngurah Suparta and Wrhatnala Balinese Gamelan(fall, 1998)

Music Faculty, Woodwind and Conducting Instructor (1988-1989)

       Marlington High School, Alliance, Ohio

Music Faculty, Woodwind and Conducting Instructor (1989 summer)

       Norwell High School, Norwell Indiana


GRANTS / AWARDS

2015-2016            Sabbatical Award, Xiamen University

2015                     Music & Social Science Funding: Thailand Research Project in Medical, 

                                         Cognitive and Applied Ethnomusicology, Xiamen University.

2014                     Social Science Southeast Asian Research Grant in Medical and Psychological 

                                         Anthropology & Music, Xiamen University.

2013                     Social Science Library Research Grant

                                          Xiamen University Library Acquisitions Department

2011-2012           Social Science Research Grant for the Medical Humanities in Music

                                          Xiamen University College of Humanities

2010-2011           National Endowment for the Arts /Florida Department of State Division of Cultural Affairs Grant.

                                          An applied medical ethnomusicology program for children with autism.

2010-2011           Committee on Faculty Research Support (COFRS)

                                          Council on Research and Creativity, Florida State University

2007-09               Consultant and Faculty Presenter

                          Longitudinal Training in Mind-Body-Spirit Medicine in Primary Care.

      Federal Grant funded by theHealth Resources and Services 

      Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

2008                     Remo Drum Manufacturer Instrument Grant

                                          Instruments for improvisation in the Music-Play Project for children with autism.

2008-2009           Professional Development Travel Funding

                                          College of Music, Florida State University

2005-2008            Krebs Endowed Research Support Grant—Ethnomusicology

                                          College of Music, Florida State University

2006-2007            Meritorious Performance-based Award (Base salary increase)

                                          College of Music, Florida State University

2006-2007            Middle East Course Development Grant

                                           Music of Iran and Persian-Speaking Cultures

                                           Middle East Center, Florida State University

2006                      World Music Society Grant, Florida State University

                                            “Flute Summit: Health and Healing Traditions from the Americas”

2006                      Provost’s Faculty Travel Grant

                                            Florida State University

2005-2006             Middle East Course Development Grant

                                            Music of the Middle East, Middle East Center, Florida State University

2003-2010             Professional Development Travel Funding

                                            College of Music, Florida State University

2003-2004             Interdisciplinary Support Program Grant

                                            Council on Research and Creativity, Florida State University

        For the symposium “Music, Medicine, & Culture: Medical 

        Ethnomusicology and Global Perspectives on Health and Healing.” A 

        program jointly sponsored by the FSU College of Medicine and College of 

        Music. Co-PI with Kenneth Burmmel-Smith, PI.

2003-2004             First Year Assistant Professor’s Support Program

                                            Council on Research and Creativity, Florida State University

2002                      Professional Development Fund Award

                                            Council of Graduate Students, Ohio State University

2002                      Professional Travel Grant

                                            Association for the Study of Persian Speaking Societies

                                            Department of Sociology, State University of New York

2002                      Musicology Travel Grant

                                            Department of Musicology, Ohio State University

2002                      Arts Fund For Student Travel Award

                                            College of the Arts and Sciences, Ohio State University

2002                      Professional Development Travel Grant

                                             School of Music, Ohio State University

2000-2002             Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellow - Persian Language

                                             Middle Eastern Studies Center, Ohio State University

2001                      Ethnomusicological Field Research Grant

                                              School of Music, Ohio State University

2000                      Program for the Enhancement of Graduate Studies Grant

                                              School of Music, Ohio State University

1998                      Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellow - Persian Language

Middle Eastern Studies Center, Ohio State University

2002                      Jazz Performance Scholarship - tenor saxophone

                                                 School of Music, Ohio State University


HONORS

2015-present        Wisdom of the Elders Native American Cultural Sustainability, Multimedia, 

                              Education and Race Reconciliation.

                                         National Endowment for the Humanities; National Endowment for the Arts. 

                                         A Federally Funded Project of Native American Sustainable Development featuring my 

                                         Original Compositions, Recordings, and Performances.

                                         http://www.wisdomoftheelders.org/program-202-sacred-landscape/               

                                         http://www.wisdomoftheelders.org/program-207-historical-introduction/

2006-2014             National Endowment for the Humanities; National Endowment for the Arts

                                          Original Compositions, Recordings, and Performances featured on the WOTE program: 

                                         “Wisdom of the Elders Radio: Series

                                          Two. A Federally Funded Project of Native American Music

                                          http://www.wisdomoftheelders.org/prog202/transcript_sl.htm

2013                      Certificate of Participation and Outstanding Research Presentation

                                          International Conference on Business Tourism and Applied Sciences

                                          University of London.

2012                       Distinguished Professor (Minjiang Scholar) of Medical Anthropology 

                                          and Medical Ethnomusicology, Xiamen University Department of Anthropology

2012                       Hakubi Research Program Finalist

                                          Kyoto University, Japan

2011                       Award of Excellence and Appreciation

                                          International Humanities Forum, Xiamen University, China

2010                       International Program Service Award

                                          Xiamen University, China

2007                       Certificate of Recognition and Excellence

                                          The Academy, Pepper Institute on Aging and Public Policy (FSU)

2006-Present          National Endowment for the Humanities; National Endowment for the Arts

                                          Original Compositions, Recordings, and Performances featured on 

                                          the WOTE program: “Wisdom of the Elders Radio: Series

                                          Two. A Federally Funded Project of Native American Music

                                          http://www.wisdomoftheelders.org/prog202/transcript_sl.htm

2006                         National Biographical Listing

                                          Marquis Who’s Who in American Education (60th edition)

2006                         National Biographical Listing

                                          Marquis Who’s Who of Emerging Leaders, (Premier Edition, 2007)

2004                         International Innovative Dissertation Award
                                          for Developing New Dimensions in Scholarship.
                                          Networked Digital Library of Theses andDissertations
                                          Reference: D-Lib Magazine, September 2004 V.10(9), ISSN 1082-9873

2002                           Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society

2000                          Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society



*PUBLICATIONS (peer-reviewed)


Books

*All the Oxford University Press books, chapters, and online publications had a three-stage peer review process: (1) external peer review by physicians, health scientists, ethnomusicologists, social scientists, and music therapists; (2) Oxford University Press Medical Board of Delegates Review; and (3) the OUP Music Board of Delegates Review.

Koen, Benjamin D. (in preparation).Music and Meditation: Consciousness, Culture, and Transcendence.  

          New York: Oxford University Press.

Koen, Benjamin D. (forthcoming). Success Flows: How to Focus Your Mind for Business Breakthroughs and 

          Life Fulfillment. Virginia Beach: Sound Health International.

Hermans Nathalie, Benjamin D. Koen, Anne-Marijn Somers et al. (2016). Heel Natuurlijk: Zeven Eenvoudige Wegen Naar Naar Zelfheling.Tienen, Belgium: De Groene Gedachte Press (Published in Flemish).

Koen, Benjamin D. editor. (2015). Natural Healing: Seven Simple Ways to Self-Healing.Virginia Beach: Sound Health International (Revised English version).

Koen, Benjamin D. (2014/2015). 5 Steps to a Happy, Healthy, Wealthy, YOU! through music, the mind, and meditation. Virginia Beach: Sound Health International.

Koen, Benjamin D. (2009, paperback 2011). Beyond the Roof of the World: Music, Prayer, and Healing in the Pamir Mountains. New York: Oxford University Press.

Online: Koen, Benjamin D. (2009). Beyond the Roof of the World: Music, Prayer, and Healing in the Pamir Mountains. New York: Oxford University Press. Oxford Scholarship Online, Oxford University Press.

Koen, Benjamin D., editor. (2008, paperback 2011) The Oxford Handbook of Medical Ethnomusicology. New York: Oxford University Press.

Online:  Koen, Benjamin D., editor. 2012. The Oxford Handbook of Medical Ethnomusicology—Oxford Handbooks Online. New York: Oxford University Press.


9-Volume Audio Compilation

Koen, Benjamin, ed. 2004. Medical Ethnomusicology and Integrative Research.  Florida State University College of Medicine and College of Music (Sound Recording).



Book Chapters

Koen, Benjamin D. (forthcoming). Medical Ethnomusicology and the Promise of Music, Healing, Health, and Wellness. In Music and Health for All: Arts for Social Change and Health Equity. ed. Sunderland, Naomi, Dan Bendrups and Natalie Lewandowski. Hamshire: Palgrave Macmillan.


Koen, Benjamin D. (forthcoming). Music and Meditation Prime Psychological Flexibility in Health, and Healing ed. Jennifer C. Post. In Ethnomusicology: A Contemporary Reader, Volume Two, New York: Routledge.


Koen, Benjamin D. (2016). “Muziek en klank(zang) helpen bij je heelwording.” Tienen, Belgium: De Groene Gedachte Press. In Heel Natuurlijk: Zeven Eenvoudige Wegen Naar Naar Zelfheling. Hermans Nathalie, Benjamin D. Koen, Anne-Marijn Somers et al. Tienen, Belgium: De Groene Gedachte Press.


Koen, Benjamin D. (2015). The Nature of Healing Through Music, the Mind, and Meditation. Tienen, Belgium: De Groene Gedachte Press. In  Natural Healing: Seven Simple Ways to Self Healing. ed. Benjamin D. Koen, Tienen, Belgium: De Groene Gedachte Press.


Koen, Benjamin D. (2012). “The Maddoh Tradition of Badakhshan.” In Music of Central Asia: An Introduction, ed. Theodore Levin and Elmira Köchümkulova. Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan: University of Central Asia (357-369).


Koen, Benjamin D. (2008/2011). “Music-Prayer-Meditation Dynamics in Healing. In The Oxford Handbook of Medical Ethnomusicology, ed. Benjamin Koen. New York: Oxford University Press.


Koen, Benjamin D., Michael Bakan, Fred Kobylarz, Lindee Morgan, Rachel Goff, Sally Kahn, Megan Bakan. (2008/2011). “Personhood Consciousness: A Child-Ability Centered Approach to Socio-Musical Healing and Autism Spectrum ‘Disorders.’” In The Oxford

Handbook of Medical Ethnomusicology, ed. Benjamin D. Koen. New York: Oxford University Press.


Koen, Benjamin D., Gregory Barz, and Kenneth Brummel-Smith. (2008/2011). “Confluence of Consciousness in Music, Medicine, and Culture.” In The Oxford Handbook of Medical Ethnomusicology, ed. Benjamin D. Koen. New York: Oxford University Press.


Locke, Kevin and Benjamin D. Koen (2008/2011). “The Lakota Hoop Dance as Medicine for Social Healing.” In The Oxford Handbook of Medical Ethnomusicology, ed. Benjamin D. Koen. New York: Oxford University Press.


Articles


Koen, Benjamin D. (In Press). “Modeling Musical Healing: Symbols and Senses in Thailand, Australia, and India.”Journal of Anthropological Studies.

Koen, Benjamin D. (In Press). “Poetic Heritage and Memory: Musical Meditations, Transcendence, and Healing Words in the Museum of the Mind.” Shanghai: Commercial Press.

Koen, Benjamin D.(In Press). “Music: Tajikistan” Encyclopaedia Iranica. Costa Mesa: Mazda Publishers.

Koen, Benjamin D. (2014). “Reflections and Future Directions in Medical Ethnomusicology.” College Music Symposium, Special Issue on Ethnomusicology Scholarship and Teaching. http://symposium.music.org/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=10680:reflections-and-future-directions-in-medical-ethnomusicology&Itemid=124%E2%80%9D%20target=

Koen, Benjamin D. (2014). “Transforming Childhood ‘Globesity’: A Global Health Approach from Medical Ethnomusicology. Journal of Nanning Polytechnic.

Koen, Benjamin D. (2013). “My Heart Opens and My Spirit Flies: Musical Exemplars of Psychological Flexibility in Health and Healing” Ethos 41.2: 174-198.

Koen, Benjamin D. (2013). “Music Primes Psychological Flexibility In Counseling: A Cognitive-Behavioral Healing Model.” International Journal of Business Tourism and Applied Sciences 299-308.

Koen, Benjamin D. (2013). “Live It! Don’t Diet”: Co-Creating A New Culture of Children’s Health Through A Child-Ability Centered Program.” Proceedings on theInternational Conference of Asian Food Study: Health and Civilization.  Shaoxing, China.

Koen, Benjamin D. (2013). “Music-Healing Discourse and the Ontology of Oneness.”Humanities International 6:106-120.

Koen, Benjamin D. (2012). “Poetic Heritage and Memory: Musical Meditations, Transcendence, and Healing Words in the Museum of the Mind.” Proceedings from the International Symposium—Heritage, Tourism, and Museums: New Perspectives from Anthropology.Xiamen University, China.

Koen, Benjamin D. (2011). “Sound-Prayer-Meditation Dynamics in Health and Healing.” International Journal of Social Science and Humanity. Vol.1(4): 266-268.

Koen, Benjamin D. (2009) Review of: Caton, Margaret L. 2008. Hafez. 'Erfan and Music as Interpreted by Ostad Morteza Varzi. Bibliotheca Iranica. Performing Arts Series #7. Costa Mesa: Mazda Publishers. Journal of Iranian Studies. 42(5):783-789.

Bakan, Michael, Benjamin D. Koen, Fred Kobylarz, Lindee Morgan, Rachel Goff, Sally Kahn, and Megan Bakan. (2008). “Saying Something Else: Improvisation and Facilitative

Music-Play in a Medical Ethnomusicology Program for Children on the Autism Spectrum.” College Music Symposium 48:1-31.

Bakan, Michael, Benjamin D. Koen, Fred Kobylarz, Lindee Morgan, Rachel Goff, Sally Kahn, and Megan Bakan. (2008) “Following Frank: Response-Ability and the Co-Creation of Culture in a Medical Ethnomusicology Program for Children on the Autism Spectrum” Ethnomusicology. 52(2): 162-202.

Koen, Benjamin. 2007. “Musical Mastery and the Meditative MindVia the GAP—‘Guided Attention Practice’” American Music Teacher. 56(6):12-15.

Koen, Benjamin. 2007. “Music and the Power of Balance” In Our Musical World: Creative Insights into a Planet's Cultural Diversity, Naylor and Naylor,428-432. Ann Arbor: Visions and Vibrations International.

Koen, Benjamin. 2007. “Jazz, Race, and American Identity” In Our Musical World: Creative Insights into a Planet's Cultural Diversity. Naylor and Naylor, 494-497. Ann Arbor: Visions and Vibrations International.

Koen, Benjamin. 2007. “Inside the Musician’s World: Benjamin Koen—Reliance” In Our Musical World: Creative Insights into a Planet's Cultural Diversity., Naylor and Naylor,432-434. Ann Arbor: Visions and Vibrations International.

Koen, Benjamin D. 2006. Musical Healing in Eastern Tajikistan: Transforming Stress and Depression Through Falak Performance. Asian Music. 37(2) 58-83.

Koen, Benjamin D. 2005. “Medical Ethnomusicology in the Pamir Mountains: Music and Prayer in Healing.” Ethnomusicology, 49(2): 287-311.

Koen, Benjamin.2004.“Embodiment, Metaphor, and Meaning in the Devotional

Music and Poetry of Badakhshan, Tajikistan.” Studies on Persianate Societies, vol. 2:101-13.

Koen, Benjamin. 2003.“The Spiritual AestheticIn Badakhshani Devotional Music.”  The World of Music, 45(3):77-90.

Koen, Benjamin.2003. “Meaning and the Performance Process of Maddoh Devotional Music.”  

Fonus, 5:112-118. Dushanbe, Tajikistan.

Koen, Benjamin. 1998. “Ben Koen and the Unity Ensemble: A Commentary.” Arts Dialogue, 46.

Koen, Benjamin. 1995. “Review of the Music of Composer Lasse Thorensen.” Arts Dialogue, 32 (2-3).


KEYNOTE ADDRESSES / PRESENTATIONS

2015“Medical Anthropology Journeys: Health, Healing, Music and Sustainable Development”. Yunan University of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Kunming, China (July 9). Funded in part by the Yunan University and Chinese Government Initiative on Ethnic Minority Medicine and Culture.

2013“Live It! Don’t Diet”: Co-Creating A New Culture of Children’s Health Through A Child-Ability Centered Program.” International Conference of Asian Food Study:

Health and Civilization. Shaoxing, China (Oct. 27).

2012Keynote Speaker: IAITCD (International Association for Information Technology Communication and Development) U. S.A. This is a standing position for delivering Keynote Addresses at the international conferences sponsored by the IAITCD.

2011Presentation & Performance. “Personhood Consciousness and Musical Healing:

Co-Creating a Culture of Learning and Health Beyond the Pale of Epilepsy”

International Epilepsy Care Day Conference. Hospital 174, Xiamen, China. (June 28).

2006“Music and Healing in Cultural and Clinical Contexts”

Flute Summit: Health and Healing Traditions from the Americas

Florida State University (Oct. 13)

2005“Mystical Poetry of Molana Jalál al Din Rumi, Introduction, Recitation, and Translation” (from Persian to English).  

Whirling Dervishes of Rumi, Sufi Music & Performance (world-renowned music ensemble and ceremonial performers from Turkey).

Ruby Diamond Auditorium, FSU (March 1, 2005).

2004“Medical Ethnomusicology”

Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society

Annual Chapter Meeting, Florida State University (March 24)



PAPERS / PRESENTATIONS


2016“Music Primes Psychological Flexibility for Health, Healing, and Wellness”. Regional Center for Social Science and Sustainable Development (RCSD), Chiang Mai University

(March 30).

2016“Innovative and Holistic Research Methodology and Applied Practice in Health Scien e and the Expressive Arts” RCSD Chiang Mai University (Jan. 18).

2015“The Connection of the 5-Step Healing System to Diverse Traditional Practices” Roundtable: Yunan University of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Kunming, China July 8)

2014 “The Five Factors of Music, The Mind, and Meditation in Wellness and Healing”: Udon Thani Rajabhat University, Thailand (Jan. 17)

2014 “Musical Healing in Cultural Contexts”: Udon Thani Rajabhat University, Thailand (Jan. 16)

2014 “Musical Improvisation Workshop and Performance”: Udon Thani Rajabhat University, Thailand (Jan. 16)

2013“Music Primes Psychological Flexibility In Counseling: A Cognitive-Behavioral Healing Model.” International Conference on Business Tourism and Applied Sciences. University of London (August 8).

2012“Poetic Heritage and Memory: Musical Meditations, Transcendence, and Healing Words in the Museum of the Mind.” International Symposium—Heritage, Tourism, and Museums: New Perspectives from Anthropology. Xiamen University, China (June 3).

2011“New Approaches in Medical Anthropology and Music: Advancing Knowledge,
Serving Society, Benefiting People” (June 19).  A Symposium of the Development of Anthropology and Ethnology in Southeast China: In Honor of The 110th Anniversary of the Birth of Professor Lin Huixiang. Xiamen University, Xiamen, China (June 19).

2011“Healing Exemplars of Flexibility in Music, Poetry, and Place”

Crossing Boundries: A Symposium and Concert in Honor of Margarita Mazo.

Ohio State University, Columbus, OH (May 7).

2010“New Discoveries in the Art and Science of Music, Meditation, and Healing”

Lecture Series, Xiamen University Art Department, Xiamen, China (Dec. 14).

2010“New Approaches in Anthropology: The Five Factors of Music, Flexibility, Health, and Healing.  International Humanities Forum. Xiamen University, Xiamen, China (Nov. 4).

2009Guest Speaker:  “Mystical Poetry of Molana Jalál al Din Rumi, Introduction, Ney Performance, Recitation, and Translation” (from Persian to English).  

Lee Hall Auditorium, Florida A&M University (February 14).

2008Panel Chair: “Medical Ethnomusicology, Music, and Spirituality: Unity in Diversity Approaches to Social Transformation, Healing, and Health” (Sponsored by the Association for Medical Ethnomusicology Special Interest Group). 53rd Annual Meeting of the Society for Ethnomusicology, Middletown (Oct. 25).

Presentation: “Healing Racism, Music Education’s Role.”

2008Panel Chair: Music and Healing. 53rd Annual Meeting of the Society for Ethnomusicology, Middletown (Oct. 27).

2008 Invited Presenter: Mind-Body-Spirit Medicine Training for Physicians: Contributions, Considerations, and Questions from Medical, Cognitive, and Applied Ethnomusicology. Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare (Oct. 2).

2007Panel Chair: Ethnomusicologists at Work(Annual Panel for the Applied Ethnomusicology Section). 52nd Annual Meeting of the Society for Ethnomusicology, Columbus (Oct. 29).

Presentation: “Ontology of Oneness and Possibilities in Ethnomusicology”

2007“Musical-Spiritual Healing Beyond the Oxus River”.   Conference: Iran, Beyond the Islamic Republic. Florida State University (Mar. 15).

2007“WoMPIT-ing in the E-WoMP: Exploratory Methods of Improvisational Music-Play in a Medical Ethnomusicology Program for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.”

Michael Bakan, Benjamin Koen, Fred Kobylarz, Lindee Morgan, Rachel Goff, Sally Kahn, Megan Bakan. Society for Ethnomusicology Southeast/Caribbean Chapter Regional Meeting, Athens, GA. (Mar. 17).

2007Invited Speaker/Flute Performance: “Rumi's Teachings of Love and Tolerance,” by Majid Naini, FSU College of Medicine / Middle East Center. (Jan. 29).

2006   Invited Speaker:FSU Students for Tolerance and Dialogue Group5th Annual Interfaith Dialogue Meeting.  Florida State University (Oct. 12).

2006 Panel Chair and Organizer: “Exploring the Roles and Transformations of Space and Place in Music, Health, and Healing.”  51st Annual Meeting of the Society for Ethnomusicology, Honolulu (Nov. 16).

Presentation:  “Co-Creating Culture in the Exploratory World Music Playground:

A Child-Ability Centered Approach to Autism Spectrum ‘Disorders’”

Benjamin Koen, Michael Bakan, Fred Kobylarz, Lindee Morgan, Rachel Goff, Sally Kahn, Megan Bakan

2006Child-Ability Centered Integrative Music Approach to Autism Spectrum ‘Disorders’”

Rachel Goff, Sally Kahn, Lindee Morgan Michael Bakan, Benjamin Koen, Fred Kobylarz, Megan Bakan. Annual Meeting of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Miami (Nov. 18).

2006Conference Co-organizer with Professor Eva Amsler:Flute Summit: Health and Healing Traditions from the Americas

College of Music, Florida State University (Oct. 13-15)

Panel Organizer and Chair:  “Flute and Metaphor in Cross-cultural Perspectives”

Performance:  Opening Concert with Leon Anderson and Rodney Jordan

Lecture/Workshop Presentations:

• “Flute, Prayer, Meditation, and Healing in World Cultures and Applied Practice”

• “Flute and Poetry Therapy, Beyond the Metaphor”

• “Flute and Drum Improvisations”

2006“Together!: World Music Play, Response-ability, and the Co-Creation of Culture in a Medical Ethnomusicology Program for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.”

Michael B. Bakan, Benjamin Koen, Fred Kobylarz, Lindee Morgan, Sally Kahn, Rachel Goff, Megan Bakan. Society for Ethnomusicology Southeast/Caribbean Chapter

Regional Meeting, Boone, N.C. (Feb. 18).

2005Panel Chair and Organizer: “Medical Ethnomusicology II: Music, Health, and Healing in Cultural and Clinical Contexts.”  50th Annual Meeting of the Society for Ethnomusicology, Atlanta (Nov. 16).

Presentation: “Cognitive Flexibility and Religious Coping: Transforming Stress and Depression Through Falak Performance.”

2005Invited Speaker:  “The Physiology and Spirituality of Music and Healing: Cognitive Flexibility and Transformational Consciousness.”  Healing Arts Alliance Lecture Series, Tallahassee (July 5).

2004Panel Chair and Organizer: “Medical Ethnomusicology: Music, Health, and Healing in Cultural and Clinical Contexts.”

49th Annual Meeting of the Society for Ethnomusicology, Tucson (Nov. 6).

Presentation: “Physiology and Spirituality:  Balancing the Culture and Science of Healing.”

2004Symposium Co-Organizer with Kenneth Brummel-Smith, M.D.: Music, Medicine, & Culture: Medical Ethnomusicology and Global Perspectives on Health & Healing.

Inaugural Symposium on Medical Ethnomusicology

College of Music, Florida State University (Oct. 9-10).

Plenary Research Presentation:  “Music-Prayer Dynamics and Stress Modulation in the Pamir Mountains and Beyond.”

Workshop Presentation:  Cognitive Flexibility, Entrainment, and Embeingment: Musical Processes for Prevention and Cure.

2004Music, Prayer, and Healing on the Roof of the World

Cawthon Colloquium, Florida State University (February 13).

2003“Vision, Enactment, Purpose and Human Interaction.”

48th Annual Meeting of the Society for Ethnomusicology (October 4).

2003“Integrative Approaches in Ethnomusicological Research: Toward a Harmony of Ethnographic and Scientific Methods.” Lectures In Musicology, Ohio State University, College of the Arts, School of Music (February 10).

2002Society for Medical Anthropology Panel Chair: Religion and Spirit; Health and Healing

Presentation: “Mystical Intercession and Preventive Practice: A Semiotic Perspective of

Music-Prayer Healing.”

101st Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association.  New Orleans, Louisiana (November 24).

2002“Formation and Transformation of Identity: the Roles of Music, Culture, and Devotion.” Annual Meeting, Professional Association for Mental Health Professionals

Davison, Michigan (November 16).

2002“Proposing a Culturally-Sensitive Model for Music Therapy: A Contribution from Ethnomusicology.”  (2-hour presentation/workshop)

4th Annual Conference of the American Music Therapy Association

Atlanta, Georgia (November 3).

2002“Devotional, Musical Healing in the Pamir Mountains: Toward a Holistic Approach for Medical Ethnomusicology.”

47th Annual Meeting of the Society for Ethnomusicology

Estes Park, Colorado (October 24).

2002“The Embodiment of Local Symbol and Metaphor in the Music, Prayer, and Poetry of Badakhshan, Tajikistan.”  

3rd Annual Central Eurasian Studies Society

Madison, Wisconsin, (October 19).

2002“Embodiment, Metaphor, and Meaning in the Devotional Music and Poetry of Badakhshan, Tajikistan.”

International Conference of the Association for the Study of Persian Societies

Dushanbe, Tajikistan (September 16).

2002“Devotional Music Workshop”

36th Annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival

The Silk Road: Connecting Cultures, Creating Trust

Washington D.C. (July 2).

2002“Music-Prayer Dynamics: The Affective Relationship Between Music, Prayer, and Healing in World Cultures and Daily Life Experience.”

National Conference, One Human Family Workshops Inc.  

Columbus, Ohio (May 4).

2002“Music And Meaning:  Shared Experiences of Devotional Music.”

National Conference, One Human Family Workshops Inc.

Columbus, Ohio (May 4).

2002“Improvisation and Contemporary Performance of Medieval Persian Sufi Poetry in Badakhshan.”

Society for Ethnomusicology Midwest Chapter Meeting

Indianapolis, Indiana (March 30).

2001“A Pilot Study of Musical Affect and Heart Rate Response: Considering Culture.”

Cognitive Ethnomusicology Laboratory Opening (Poster Session)

Columbus, Ohio (March 15).

2000    “The Efficacy of Music and Prayer in Stress Reduction and Health Maintenance.”

Society for Ethnomusicology Midwest Chapter Meeting. Chicago, Illinois (March 4)

2000“A Pilot Study of Music-Prayer Dynamics in Two Geriatric Communities”

Ohio State University School of Music (February 4).


FEATURES

Aspects of my work (research, scholarship, composition, performance, and recordings),

are featured in the following publications and media:


2015:   CCTV Documentary, Foreign Experts in China: Benjamin D. Koen—Medical Anthropology and Medical Ethnomusicology.

2014:   Huang, Guichan. 2014. Journal of Nanning Polytechnic. Interview about my research and applied practice in Music, Wellness, Meditation, and Healing.  

2012:Bakan, Michael. 2012. World Music: Traditions and Transformations. New York: McGraw-Hill.

2008: Chiang, May May. “Research on Music and Healing in Ethnomusicology and Music Therapy.” Masters Thesis. University of Maryland, College Park.

2007:Naylor, Michael. 2007. Our Musical World: A Creative Program to Greet Humanity’s Coming of Age. Ann Arbor: Visions and Vibrations International.

2006:Atkins, E. Taylor. 2006. “Sacred Swing: The Sacralization of Jazz” American Music. 24(4): 383-420, Winter.

2006:Koen, Ben. 1999. Songs From Green Mountain. Sound recording. New York, GMRecords, GMR-92.
• Featured on the WOTE program: “Wisdom of the Elders Radio: Series Two. A Project of Native American Music funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts.

http://www.wisdomoftheelders.org/prog202/transcript_sl.htm

2005:Koen, Ben. 1997. Reliance, Ben Koen and the Unity Ensemble. Sound recording, New

York: GMRecords, GMR-91.

• Featured in the video Tiny Seed: Growing Spiritual Children. New York City:Mare Said, producer.

2005:  Koen, Ben, and Joe Fiedler. 1995. Improvisation. New York: unpublished.

Featured in:

• Dans le jardin des beaux arts. CDrom by Sonja van Kerkhoff.

• Interspaces. 1996. Video by Sonja van Kerkhoff. http://www.sonjavank.com/video.htm

• Crossing. 1996. Video by Sonja van Kerkhoff. http://www.sonjavank.com/video.htm


MUSIC PERFORMANCE / COMPOSITION EXPERIENCE


1987-present: I have performed in over forty countries as a soloist, improviser, studio musician, leader of original jazz and world-jazz ensembles, and member of numerous other ensembles, including a residency in New York City from 1993-1996.

Instrumental Specialization:

Wind:  Tenor and soprano saxophones, C and alto flutes, b-flat and bass clarinets.

Chinese xiao, dizi, and xun, Persian ney, Badakhshani ney, Plains-style Native American flute, Indian bansuri, Peruvian kena, ocarina, and didgeridoo.

Drums: West African palago and djembe; Central Asian doira, Middle Eastern daf, tonbak, and multiple percussion instruments.

Past Member in the ensembles of (selected):

Jazz -  David Murray, saxophonist and founder of the World Saxophone Quartet; Lawrence Butch Morris, composer/conductor; pianists Cecil Taylor, Tete Montiliou, and D.D. Jackson; bassist William Parker; violinist Billy Bang; drummer Reggie Nicholson; and The Improvisers’ Collective N.Y.C.

World Music - sitarist José Gualberto; The Ohio State University African Drum Ensemble; Rusalka, Slavic Folk Chorus; several Latin-jazz, Salsa, Caribbean, and Haitian ensembles.

Choir/Instrumental World Music -  Eric Dozier and the National One Human Family Workshop; Voices of Unity, Columbus Ohio

Other - 1st National Tour of the Broadway show 42nd Street

Performances include appearing with (selected):

Jazz - pianists Cooper Moore, Kim Pensyl, and Hank Marr; guitarists Bern Nix and Rez Abassi; saxophonists David Murray, James Spaulding, Hamiet Bluiett, and Doc Holliday; French hornist David Amram; drummers Dennis Charles, Victor Lewis, Pheeroan Aklaff, Marvin “Bu-ga-lu” Smith, Leon Anderson, and Susie Ibarra; violinists Jim Nolet, Christian Howes, and Jason Hwang; trombonists Craig Harris, Frank Lacy, and Joe Fiedler; tubist  Bob Stewart; bassists Fred Hopkins, Santi Debriano, Rodney Jordan, and Roger Hines; and vocalists Bob Dorough, Jeanette Williams, and Lisa Sokolov.

World Music - master African drummer Babatunde Olatunji; Ngurah Suparta and Balinese Gamelan Wrhatnala; Sekaa Gong Hanuman Agung Balinese Gamelan Ensemble; Haiqiong Deng (Chinese zheng and qin).

Symphonic and New Music – Columbus Symphony Orchestra (Ohio); Chris Jonas Group (New York City).


MUSIC SOUND RECORDINGS (selected)

Koen, Benjamin. 2006. “Healing Light, Dervish Dance.” Flute Summit: Health and Healing

Traditions from the Americas Opening Concert. Sound recording. Florida State University

College of Music.

Ravitz, Ziv, Florian Weber, Jeff Denson, and Ben Koen. 2005. Minsarah, featuring Ben Koen.

sound recording. Tallahassee: GMRecords (limited edition) GMR-93.

Koen, Ben. 1999. Songs From Green Mountain. Sound recording, New York: GMRecords,

GMR-92.

Fiedler, Joe, Ben Koen, and Ed Ware.1998.110 Bridge St. Sound recording. Redwood, NY:

Creative Improvised Music Projects, CIMP-185.

Koen, Ben.1997. Reliance: Ben Koen and the Unity Ensemble. Sound recording. New

York: GMRecords, GMR-91.


Featured in the following Recordings (selected)

Allen, Brett. 2002. Going Places. sound recording. Columbus: Ballentone Music.

Kelly, Daniel.  2000. World. sound recording. New York: DanKellyMusic.

Parker, William. 1996. Sunrise In The Tone World. sound recording. N.Y.: AUM Fidelity 002/3.

Taylor, Cecil. 1995. Live at the Knitting Factory. sound recording Cecil Taylor private archive.

Tete Montiliou y la Orquestra de Tallers de Musics. 1992. 12 Horas de Jazz. Barcelona, Spain.


CONCERT ORGANIZER / PRESENTER

2006Flute Summit: Health and Healing Traditions from the Americas

Co-organizer, Performer, and Presenter

Featuring Kevin Locke, James Pellerite, and Alberto Almarza

College of Music, Florida State University (Oct. 13-15)

2005 Whirling Dervishes of Rumi, Sufi Music and Performance

Co-organizer and Presenter with FSU Association Students for Tolerance and Dialogue

Ruby Diamond Auditorium, College of Music, Florida State University  (March 1).

2004Zafer Tawil: Traditional Folk and Classical Arabic Music

Co-organizer with the FSU Arab Cultural Association and Middle East Center

Lindsay Recital Hall, College of Music, Florida State University (March 23).

2003Sohale Zolfonoon: Traditional Folk and Classical Persian Music

Organizer and Presenter

Dohnanyi Recital Hall, College of Music, Florida State University (September 28).



PROFESSIONAL SERVICE / ADMINISTRATIVE EXPERIENCE

2010-presentMedical Anthropology Program Director

Xiamen University College of Humanities, Department of Anthropology

2011-presentJunior Faculty Mentor

Xiamen University College of Humanities, Department of Anthropology

2012Chair, Anthropology Search Committee

Xiamen University College of Humanities, Department of Anthropology

2011-present  Multiple presentations for Xiamen University

Colleges of Medicine, Music, Art; Departments of English, and Translation.

2011-presentProfessional Development Mentor to Junior Faculty

Xiamen University, Department of Anthropology

2008-2009Past Chair, Association for Medical Ethnomusicology

Society for Ethnomusicology

2007-2008Co-chair, Association for Medical Ethnomusicology

Society for Ethnomusicology

2007-2008Local Arrangements Committee Member

Annual Society for Ethnomusicology Southeast/Caribbean Chapter (SEMSEC)

2007 Founding Member: Social Science Studies of CAM and IM

(Complementary, Alternative, and Integrative Medicine)

A Special Interest Group of the Society for Medical Anthropology

2007Co-chair, Association for Medical Ethnomusicology

Chair and convener of the association’s annual group meeting

Society for Ethnomusicology

2005-2007Treasurer and Secretary for SEMSEC

Society for Ethnomusicology, Southeast/Caribbean Chapter

2006-2007Music Technology Committee

College of Music, Florida State University

2006Panelist, Musicology Abstract Workshop

Society for Musicology, College of Music, Florida State University

2005-2006Founding Member, convener, and co-chair, Medical Ethnomusicology Special Interest Group

Society for Ethnomusicology

2005-2008Krebs Scholar Award Committee for Outstanding Graduate Students

College of Music, Florida State University

1.2006. Faculty Senate Elections Committee Member

Florida State University

2005-2006Quality Enhancement Review Sub-committee Member

College of Music, Florida State University

2005-2006Malcolm Brown Prize Committee Member

College of Music, Florida State University

2004-2005Faculty Member of SARC (Student Academic Relations Committee)

Florida State University

2004-2005Teaching and Technology Development Committee

College of Music, Florida State University

2004Treasurer-elect SEMSEC, Society for Ethnomusicology

Southeast/Caribbean Chapter

2004Visiting Scholar Organizer

Organizer for the “Krebs Visiting Scholar in Ethnomusicology”

2003-2005Music Library Committee Member

College of Music, Florida State University

2003-2004Program Committee Member

Society for Ethnomusicology Southeast/Caribbean Chapter

2003-2010 Faculty Advisor for FSU Student Service Association

Florida State University Student Organization

1999-2000Graduate Representative to the Musicology Department

School of Music, Ohio State University

1999-2000Graduate Representative to the Jazz Studies Department

School of Music, Ohio State University

1998-2010Guest Lectures for Schoolof Music Faculty/Instructors Schools of Music, Florida State University, Ohio State University

1997-presentExecutive Producer, Green Mountain Records


LANGUAGES

English, Persian, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese (intermediate spoken), Thai (beginning level)


SOCIETIES AND ASSOCIATIONS(past and present)


Social Science Studies of Complementary, Alternative,and Integrative Medicine; Society For Medical Anthropology; American Anthropological Association; Association for Medical Ethnomusicology; Society For Ethnomusicology; Society For Asian Music; College Music Society; Central Eurasian Studies Society; Association For the Study of Persianate Societies; Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society; Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society.


COMMUNITY SERVICE


• Music Teacher at Metta Suksa School, Chiang Mai, Thailand.

• Lectures and Presentations on Wellness, Music, Meditation, and Holistic Health

• Community Building and Educational Development Consultant

Xiamen, Fujian Province China (2010-present)

• Cultural Exchange Programs in China (2010-present)

• Pastoral Care Director Search Committee Member, Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare/Hospital, Tallahassee Florida (2004)

• One Human Family Workshops, Inc. Social Development and Race Education Programs (1998-2003)

• Community-building educational programs for children, youth, and adults (1996-present)

• The Dorothy Baker Regional Training Institute

Moral Education and Skills-based Training for children, youth, and adults in Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana (1996-2002)

• I offer presentations for various organizations to contribute to the broader community in a practical and accessible manner; and to strengthen the link between my research and interests, the local community and society. These presentations usually concern the subjects of Cultural diversity; music, health and healing; medical humanities; holistic health; self-healing; meditation; poetry and expressive arts therapy; consultation; human development; education; race, gender, and ethnicity; jazz, world music, and hand drumming; tai ji and qi gong.



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