1st Edition

Positive Psychology for Music Professionals Character Strengths

By Raina Murnak, Nancy Kirsner Copyright 2024
    262 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations
    by Focal Press

    262 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations
    by Focal Press

    Positive Psychology for Music Professionals is a guidebook to the building blocks of positive psychology and character strengths, and the ways in which they can be used by music professionals throughout the industry to empower, celebrate, and leverage individuality.

    Written in a highly accessible and entertaining tone – and based on the science of character pioneered by the VIA Institute – this book is designed to introduce the language, themes, and concepts of a strength-based approach to working in the music industry. Targeted exercises, self-reflections, interviews, and profession-specific case studies encourage readers to harness the power of their strengths to shift to an open mindset, create more positive working relationships, and improve institutions within their field.  

    Positive Psychology for Music Professionals is essential reading for music professionals of all kinds, including aspiring and established musicians, students, music producers, educators, and managers in all sectors of the industry.

    1. Opening Act  2. First Set: Aware – Your 24 Character Strengths  3. Second Set: Explore Virtue Categories and Music Professions  4. Last Set: Apply Strengths in Action


    Raina Murnak is an assistant professor and director of Contemporary Voice and Performance Artistry and Program Director of the MA in popular music pedagogy at the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music. She’s a thought leader on stage presence, voice, movement, and strength-centered pedagogies.

    Nancy Kirsner PhD, TEP, OTR has been in private practice, teaching, and consulting for 45 years. A certified positive psychologist, she writes about translating positive psychology into action methods. Nancy is co-author of "Positive Psychology and Psychodrama" in Action Explorations: Using Psychodramatic Methods in Non-Therapeutic Settings (2019).

    "If music is the language of the Gods, then this book is about helping music professionals realize their full humanity and, by doing so, create heaven on earth. A compelling read for all of us who savor one of life's greatest gifts."

    Tal Ben-Shahar, Founder of Happiness Studies Academy & Potentialife

    "This book exposes the beautiful and shiniest gem in music education. It reveals and sheds light on that inner knowing that we have all felt for so long navigating through our personal musical journeys. After reading this book, you will have a deeper relationship with yourself that will be beautifully expressed through your artistry."

    Cassandra Claude, Author and Vocal Coach

    "This book is an absolute delight. Beautifully written, it is a feast of creativity […] Although this book is, as the title professes, an introduction to the character strengths for music professionals, anyone from any profession will gain a great deal by reading it. Not only do we learn a tremendous amount about the character strengths, we also get an inside scoop into the world of music. I highly recommend this book to anyone living in a human body wishing to add more insight, joy, and inspiration to their lives!"

    Megha Nancy Buttenheim, Let Your Yoga Dance Founder and Positive Psychologist