"The Talent Code" Daniel Coyle

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Daniel Coyle is a journalist and the New York Times best-selling author of “The Talent Code,” “The Culture Code,” “The Secret Race,” “The Little Book of Talent,” and others. In addition to writing, he is also a contributing editor for Outside magazine and a special advisor to the Cleveland Indians. He currently lives in Cleveland, Ohio (and Alaska in the summers) with his wife and four children.

“The Talent Code” is a neuroscience-based approach to education that encourages increased levels of connectivity within the brain, and through that, increased levels of achievement. This method, gathered from his own research and from multiple visits to high-achieving institutions, involves three key elements; deep practice, ignition, and master coaching.

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“Casals and the Art of Interpretation” David Blum

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David Blum (1935-1998) was best known for his role as the conductor of the Esterhazy Orchestra in New York. In this position, he worked closely with several world-renown musicians, particularly the Honorary President of the Esterhazy Orchestra, cellist Pablo Casals. This book is a collection of rehearsal notes and advice from Blum and Casals which discuss the art of musical interpretation. It is designed to be accessible to all musicians, educators, composers, and listeners.  

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“Intelligent Music Teaching: Essays on the Core Principles of Effective Instruction” Dr. Robert Duke

Dr. Robert Duke is currently the Marlene and Morton Meyerson Centennial Professor and Head of Music and Human Learning at the University of Texas at Austin. There, he is also recognized as a University of Texas System Distinguished Teaching Professor, Elizabeth Shatto Massey Distinguished Fellow in Teacher Education, and serves as the Director of the Center for Music Learning in the Sarah and Ernest Butler School of Music. In addition, he is a clinical professor for the Dell Medical School (UT Austin) and was the founding director of the psychology of learning program for the Colburn Conservatory of Music (Los Angeles).

Dr. Duke is known for encouraging educational practices which are rooted in scientific study; educators must employ strategies which are proven to positively affect the brain’s development. “Intelligent Music Teaching” is a collection of Professor Duke’s essays which describe “fundamental principles of human learning in the context of teaching music.”

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“The Conductor's Companion: 100 Rehearsal Techniques, Imaginative ideas, Quotes and Facts” Gary Stith

Gary Stith (b.1950) is currently the Professor and Conductor Emeritus at the Greenbach School of Music (Houghton College) and an adjunct professor of music education for Ithaca College, both in New York. He holds degrees from Ohio State University, The Eastman School of Music, and the State University College of New York at Buffalo. His mentors have included greats like Donald McGinnis, Frank Battisti, Charles Pelz, Arnald Gabriel, and Frederick Fennell. In his career, Stith has been awarded several honors including the ASBDA-Stanbury Award (1976), Holland (NY) Citizen of the Year Award (1976), the Outstanding Educator of the Year Award (World of Music Festival in Chicago, IL, 1993), the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra Award for Excellence in Music Education (2003), and the Houghton College Excellence in Teaching Award (2010, 2011).

“The Conductor’s Companion” is a collection of rehearsal techniques and inspirational material gathered from music directors of all levels. It would be an excellent resource for young or struggling educators seeking advice or for seasoned professionals looking to shake up their rehearsal routine.

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“Rehearsing the Band” John E. Williamson

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This book is just the first of a much larger series of helpful books for music educators. With chapters by famous conductors like Frank Battisti, Eugene Corporon, Jerry Junkin, and Craig Kirchhoff, this is an absolute necessity for directors of all levels. There are two additional volumes to this series available (links below) and also a pair of books specifically for certain levels of teaching; high school and middle school. In these volumes, readers will find helpful advice on program structure, recruitment techniques, rehearsal ideas, and more.

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"Charles Gounod" by Charles Gounod

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Charles Gounod was a famous french composer in the 1800's who wrote primarily for the church and the opera. Although not known for being a trailblazer necessarily, he wrote ear-pleasing music and completed several works which remain cultural staples including Ave Maria, Romeo et Juliet, and Faust. Charles Gounod, translated by Walter Hely Hutchinson, combines a brief memoir written by Gounod and several personal letters (arranged by time period). In great detail, Gounod describes his relationship to his parents, his early schooling, his trip to Rome, and his personal opinion on the importance of art and religion. It is an excellent resource for any musician who is looking to write a paper on his career or conduct one of his pieces. 

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"Conducting With Feeling" Dr. Frederick E. Harris

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Dr. Frederick Harris is currently the Director of the Wind and Jazz Ensembles at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He has been awarded several high musical honors including being named the James A. and Ruth Levitan Award for Excellence in Teaching in the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences at MIT (2013), being featured in the Emmy-winning PBS documentary Awakening: Evoking the Arab Spring Through Music (2014), and earning Downbeat magazine’s “Best Albums of 2015: Masterpieces” for the work Infinite Winds. In addition to submitting articles regularly to OehmsClassics, The Classical Cleveland Orchestra, and The Minnesota Orchestra, Dr. Harris has written two books; Conducting With Feeling (2001) and Seeking the Infinite: The Musical Life of Stanislaw Skrowaczewski (2011).

Conducting With Feeling is described by Meredith Music as “a thought-provoking collection of ideas by today’s leading conductors.” In the book, Dr. Harris has woven together advice from multiple esteemed conductors including, Frank Battisti, Frederick Fennell, Craig Kirchhoff, and Gustav Meier. The work explores a conductor’s preparation of and emotional connection to a score and is a valuable resource for musicians of all levels.

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"The Artistry of Teaching and Making Music" Professor Richard Floyd

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In his more than fifty years of educating and conducting, Richard Floyd has earned multiple distinguished awards including the A. A. Harding Award, “Texas Bandmaster of the Year” in 2006, and most recently the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic Medal of Honor in 2011. He is currently the State Director of Music Emeritus (University of Texas at Austin), a member of the Music For All Board of Directors, a Yamaha Master Educator, and the Music Director of the Austin Symphonic Band. Professor Floyd continues to travel the country and is a regular clinician for the Texas Music Educators Association, the Texas Bandmasters Association, and the Mid-West International Band and Orchestra Clinic.

“The Artistry of Teaching and Making Music,” Professor Floyd’s most recent book, gives insight into his teaching philosophy and touches on some of his most memorable musical moments. Topics include the purpose of music, positive interactions with students, and tips for refining musical elements like tone or balance. It is an invaluable resource for any musician or educator looking to refine their leadership or musical expression.

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"The Science and Psychology of Music Performance: Creative Strategies for Teaching and Learning" Dr. Richard Parncutt and Dr. Gary McPherson

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Dr. Richard Parncutt is a music psychologist and has been the Professor of Systematic Musicology at the University of Graz, Austria since 1998. His qualifications include an Interdisciplinary PhD in Psychology, Music, and Physics and an Honours degree in Physics from the University of New England, Australia, as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Music from the University of Melbourne. He is currently president of the European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music (2015-2018), was the founding editor of the Journal of Interdisciplinary Music Studies, and the co-founder of the Conference on Interdisciplinary Musicology, the Conference on Applied Interculturality Research, and the International Conference of Students of Systematic Musicology.

Professor Gary McPherson holds the Ormond Chair of Music and Directorship of the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music who has taught multiple subjects including Music Psychology, Music Education, and Performance Science. His degrees include a PhD at the University of Sydney, a Master’s in Music Education from Indiana University, a Licentiate and Fellowship in Trumpet Performance from Trinity College, London, and an undergraduate Music Education degree from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. He has guest lectured at over 80 universities in 34 countries and published multiple books, articles and chapters.

The immense amount of knowledge and experience between these two individuals is apparent in “The Science and Psychology of Music Performance: Creative Strategies for Teaching and Learning.” Topics include the psychology of musical performance, effective strategies for teaching musical notation, individualized solutions for battling stage fright, and are applicable to educators and students of all ages.  

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"The Psychology of Music Performance Anxiety" Dr. Dianna T. Kenny

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Dr. Kenny is a Professor of Music and Professor of Psychology at The University of Sydney, Australia. She is also a Consultant Psychologist, Psychotherapist, Mediator, and Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner. She was the Founding Director of the Australian Centre for Applied Research in Music Performance at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and is credited with over two hundred publications.

“The Psychology of Music Performance Anxiety” is an important addition to the music psychology literature. Itexplores the causes of music performance anxiety, and offers both a new typology of the condition, as well as possible effective treatments. Part of her research for the book included extensive interviews with professional orchestral musicians. Dr. Kenny does an impeccable job of portraying both the emotional and scientific aspects of the stresses involved in public performances. This book is highly recommended to both educators and performers seeking to understand or manage music performance anxiety.

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"Foundations of Musical Technology" Dr. V. J. Manzo

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Dr. Manzo is an Assistant Professor of Music Technology and Cognition at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He has degrees from Kean University, New York University, Temple University, and has authored several books including “Interactive Composition” and “Max/MSP/Jitter for Music.” Manzo is also credited with engineering software programs like the Modal Object Library (2006) and the Electro-Acoustic Musically Interactive Room (EAMIR, 2007).

The knowledge Manzo imparts in “Foundations of Musical Technology” aids students of all technological backgrounds in the application of various software to musical practices. Readers will learn to streamline and perfect processes like recording, synthesis, digital notation, and much more with a customized software application for either Mac or PC.

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"The Modern Conductor" Professor Elizabeth A. H. Green

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Professor Elizabeth Green (1906-1995) is regarded as one of the most influential educators, conductors, and authors of our time. She earned a Bachelor of Music from Wheaton College in 1928, a Master's of Music from Northwestern University in 1939, and a degree in Fine Art (specifically painting) from Eastern Michigan University in the 1970's. In her lifetime, Professor Green taught public school orchestra, performed with several professional ensembles around the country, worked at the University of Michigan, and wrote multiple books on education, violin-playing, and conducting. 

"The Modern Conductor," first published in 1961, is a glimpse into the practices and philosophy of Professor Elizabeth A. H. Green. It includes such topics as balancing a musical ensemble, the fundamentals of intonation, performance etiquette, and more. This text is an invaluable resource for conductors of both instrumental and vocal ensembles. 

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