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The Musician Healer
Transforming Art into Medicine
By (author): Islene Runningdeer Foreword by: Tanya Maggi
Islene Runningdeer ,

Foreword by :

Tanya Maggi


UpRoute - Calgary, Alberta, Canada



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Form detail:

Paperback , Trade


General Trade
Sep 06, 2022
$24.95 CAD


9in x 6 x 0.75 in | 350 gr

Page Count:

208 pages


5 B&W illustrations
Durvile Publications
MUSIC / Instruction & Study / Appreciation
Theory of music and musicology
The Musician Healer resurrects a long-forgotten role for musicians and provides clear guidance for preparation and self-development as a musician healer in order to reactivate this role for the modern world. It begins with the author’s personal musical story that draws upon her Mi’kmaq/Abenaki First Nation and French roots, followed by a section on the history of musician healers from ancient Egypt and India. Runningdeer then explores the energetic aspects of music healing, especially the quality of personal energies that a musician channels through her music, and how to elevate and emanate those vibrations for positive healing outcomes.

Islene Runningdeer is a musician, therapist, educator, and writer who lives and works on the Acadian coast of Maine. She draws upon her French and Mi’kmaq/Abenaki First Nation roots to make music a joy. For more than forty years she has used music as a medicine, to teach students about their own capacity for creative freedom and health, to aid and comfort patients and families during the dying process, to draw people with severe dementia out of their isolation and confusion, to uplift and calm anyone within hearing, whether in church, the concert hall, the hospital, or the living room. Her primary instruments are piano and voice. Educated at New England Conservatory, University of Massachusetts/Amherst and University of Vermont, her work blends her lifelong interest in music of all kinds, psychology, physical health and spirituality. She is also the author of Musical Encounters with Dying: Stories and Lessons.

Islene Runningdeer’s The Musician Healer is beautifully written, precise and sensitive in its language and full of tremendous wisdom, experience, deep thinking and feeling, and courage. Runningdeer has honoured and brought together all the different facets of her background, combining them into a spiritually harmonious point of view that supports an approach to combining music and healing perfectly. As someone who is sometimes a musician healer as well, I learned a lot and was very moved by it all. I was thoroughly engaged throughout and truly moved.
—David Leisner, guitarist, composer, author, teacher
Runningdeer writes like a spider spinning her web­—circling and diving, drawing sticky connections and mind-expanding shapes. This book is an offering to a suffering world and to musicians who are yearning to transmit good through their gifts. — MARY BONHAG, Artistic Director, Scrag Mountain Music
The beauty of the objective frequency in music to provide healing and love is excellently transmitted in this unique text. A heartfelt and genuine connection with ancient lifetimes and ancestors brings moments of perfection and clarity, as the sum total of everything acquired is realized in the present moment. Runningdeer brings lessons of giving and awareness in service to the light. — JULIAN HOBSON, Energy Healer and Editor of Embrace Your Divine Flow (2023)

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