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Best Musician Books Reviewed & Ranked

Our list of some of the best Musician books & series in recent years. Get inspired by one or more of the following books.

1. The Musician’s Way: A Guide to Practice, Performance, and Wellness (2009)

Best Musician Books Reviewed & RankedIn The Musician’s Way, veteran performer and educator Gerald Klickstein combines the latest research with his 30 years of professional experience to provide aspiring musicians with a roadmap to artistic excellence. Part I, Artful Practice, describes strategies to interpret and memorize compositions, fuel motivation, collaborate, and more. Part II, Fearless Performance, lifts the lid on the hidden causes of nervousness and shows how musicians can become confident performers. Part III, Lifelong Creativity, surveys tactics to prevent music-related injuries and equips musicians to tap their own innate creativity. Written in a…
Author(s): Gerald Klickstein

2. The Complete Musician: An Integrated Approach to Theory, Analysis, and Listening (2015)

Best Musician Books Reviewed & RankedBeginning with music fundamentals, The Complete Musician covers all the topics necessary for a thorough understanding of undergraduate music theory by focusing on music in context. Rather than rote learning of concepts and memorizing terms, The Complete Musician emphasizes how theory informs the work of performers. Composers respond not only to their instincts, experiences, and training in every work they write; they also follow certain ideals and models when appropriate, and modify them to fit their own personal vision. Theory is not a “theoretical” activity;…
Author(s): Steven G. Laitz

3. Music Marketing for the DIY Musician: Creating and Executing a Plan of Attack on a Low Budget (Music Pro Guides) (2014)

Best Musician Books Reviewed & RankedThere has never been a greater need for practical DIY marketing advice from a musician who has been there and succeeded than now – at a time when new technologies make it more possible than ever for musicians to attract attention independently and leverage their own careers, and record industry professionals look exclusively for developed artists who are already successful.Written by a professional musician for other musicians, Music Marketing for the DIY Musician is a proactive, practical, step-by-step guide to producing a fully integrated,…
Author(s): BobBorg

4. Lives of the Musicians: Good Times, Bad Times (and What the Neighbors Thought) (2013)

Best Musician Books Reviewed & RankedHere are the life stories of such diverse figures as Vivaldi, Mozart, Scott Joplin, Nadia Boulanger, and Woody Guthrie. Readers will learn of both their musical natures and the personal, humorous characteristics that make their lives so fascinating. “Living, breathing anecdotes–the stuff of which the best biography is made.”–Publishers Weekly…
Author(s): Kathleen Krull, Kathryn Hewitt

5. Musician’s Yoga: A Guide to Practice, Performance, and Inspiration (2009)

Best Musician Books Reviewed & Ranked(Berklee Press). Become a better musician through yoga. By integrating yoga into your practice routines, you will develop a more focused and concentrated mind for performance. You will be able to increase awareness of how you use your body to allow for proper posture and ease of movement while performing, helping you to avoid overuse injuries and play with greater expression. These concepts, exercises, and practice routines present yoga from the musicians’ perspective, focusing on the direct relationships between using yoga and creating music. You will learn to: * Practice meditation approaches, breathing techniques, and yoga postures that…
Author(s): Mia Olson

6. Habits of a Successful Middle School Musician – Clarinet (2015)

Best Musician Books Reviewed & RankedHabits of a Successful Middle School Musician is a field-tested, vital, and-most importantly-musical collection of more than 300 sequenced exercises for building fundamentals. Perfect for use by an entire band or solo player for years two, three, and beyond, this series contains carefully sequenced warm-ups, chorales, sight-reading etudes, rhythm vocabulary exercises, and much more. In one place, this series presents everything an aspiring player needs to build fundamental musicianship skills and then be able to transfer those skills directly into the performance of great literature. Habits of a Successful Middle School Musician:…
Author(s): Scott Rush, Jeff Scott, Emily Wilkinson, Rich Moon, Kevin Boyle

7. The Musician’s Guide to Theory and Analysis Workbook (Third Edition) (2016)

Best Musician Books Reviewed & RankedThe Third Edition workbook features 4–5 double-sided worksheets per chapter, more than enough for the entire theory sequence. The workbook contains a wide range of exercises, including drill-and-practice, melody harmonization, figured bass, composition, analysis, and a wealth of real-music examples….
Author(s): Jane Piper Clendinning, Elizabeth West Marvin

8. The Musician’s Lifeline (2019)

Best Musician Books Reviewed & RankedThe Musician’s Lifeline by Peter Erskine and Dave Black represents the combined opinions of the authors and their knowledge gained through their lives in music. In addition, it includes advice from 150 of the best musicians that the authors have the honor of knowing, who responded to seven simple questions about topics ranging from sight-reading to travel to general wisdom. The answers will surprise, inform, and confirm what you already know or completely contradict what you’ve been taught by others. This is a book you can read straight through in one sitting or jump around in . . . and always return to time…
Author(s): Dave Black, Peter Erskine

9. Habits of a Successful Middle School Musician – Percussion (2016)

Best Musician Books Reviewed & RankedHabits of a Successful Middle School Musician is a field-tested, vital, and – most important – musical collection of more than 300 sequenced exercises for building fundamentals. Perfect for use by an entire band or solo player for years two, three, and beyond, this series contains carefully sequenced warm-ups, chorales, sight-reading etudes, rhythm vocabulary exercises, and much more. In one place, this series presents everything an aspiring player needs to build fundamental musicianship skills and then be able to transfer those skills directly into the performance of great…
Author(s): Scott Rush, Jeff Scott, et al.

10. Habits of a Successful Middle School Musician – Trombone (2016)

Best Musician Books Reviewed & RankedHabits of a Successful Middle School Musician is a field-tested, vital, and – most important – musical collection of more than 300 sequenced exercises for building fundamentals. Perfect for use by an entire band or solo player for years two, three, and beyond, this series contains carefully sequenced warm-ups, chorales, sight-reading etudes, rhythm vocabulary exercises, and much more. In one place, this series presents everything an aspiring player needs to build fundamental musicianship skills and then be able to transfer those skills directly into the performance of great literature. Habits of a Successful…
Author(s): Scott Rush, Jeff Scott, et al.

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We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some musician books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

Strauss

Author(s): Laurenz Lütteken
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Year: 2019, Size: 3 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2344510

The Silent Musician: why conducting matters

Author(s): Mark Wigglesworth
Publisher: University of Chicago Press, Year: 2019, Size: 253 Kb, Download: epub
ID: 2362804

Musicians of To-Day

Author(s): Romain Rolland
Publisher: Prabhat Prakashan, Year: 2019, Size: 502 Kb, Download: epub
ID: 2367770

Black Classical Musicians and Composers, 1500–2000

Author(s): Rodreguez King-Dorset
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Year: 2019, Size: 3 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2389984

The Silent Musician: Why Conducting Matters

Author(s): Mark Wigglesworth
Publisher: University of Chicago Press, Year: 2019, Size: 605 Kb, Download: pdf
ID: 2392696

Fundamentals of Piano Pedagogy: Fuelling Authentic Student Musicians from the Beginning

Author(s): Merlin B. Thompson
Publisher: Springer International Publishing, Year: 2018, Size: 1 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2153545

Performing Music History: Musicians Speak First-Hand about Music History and Performance

Author(s): John C. Tibbetts, Michael Saffle, William A. Everett
Publisher: Springer International Publishing;Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2018, Size: 10 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2310906

Carter

Author(s): David Schiff
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Year: 2018, Size: 1 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2367763

Field Recordings of Black Singers and Musicians: An Annotated Discography of Artists from West Africa, the Caribbean and the Eastern and Southern United States, 1901-1943

Author(s): Craig Martin Gibbs
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Year: 2018, Size: 4 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2374346

Aaron Marks' Complete Guide to Game Audio: For Composers, Sound Designers, Musicians, and Game Developers

Author(s): MARKS, AARON
Publisher: A K Peters/CRC Press, Year: 2017, Size: 52 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1679493

Please note that this booklist is not absolute. Some books are really best-sellers according to Los Angeles Times, others are written by unknown writers. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant books you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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