Top 10 books for classical musicians and musicpreneurs

The best way to keep growing is to stay thirsty for knowledge. And one of the best ways I know to quench this thirst is reading.

We are who we are because of the environment where we're living; in fact, this environment defines much of our personality.

An easy way to influence your social circle and create a different environment is by reading. This allows you to meet and talk with great personalities through their books. It is as if you could virtually be chatting with them while having coffee.

In this post I want to share a list of books that every musician thinking seriously in creating a successful career should read.

From here, I thank all the authors for having the courage to put all their knowledge in writing so that we can all enjoy it.


Beyond Talent: Creating a Successful Career in Music

The first edition of Beyond Talent quickly became a favorite among classical and jazz musicians, and has been used in courses at scores of conservatories and universities. Packed with new tips and resources, Beyond Talent now covers everything from social networking tools, to commissioning, branding, and online fundraising, as well as tips on staying motivated, assessing one's strengths and weaknesses, and managing time, money, and stress. Loaded with new sidebar profiles from entrepreneurial musicians, artist managers, and concert presenters, the new edition balances warmth and candor with straightforward advice on developing and sustaining a meaningful life in music. Beyond Talent is the ideal companion for students and professionals, emerging musicians and mid-career artists.

The Savvy Musician: Building a Career, Earning a Living & Making a Difference

So you’re talented, well trained, and passionate about music. What next? The professional marketplace is flooded with outstanding musicians, forced to compete for a shrinking number of ""traditional"" opportunities. The Savvy Musician helps balance three overriding aspects of your professional musical life: (1) building a career, (2) earning a living, and (3) making a difference. Discover how to build an immediately recognizable "brand," capitalize on technology—from Internet tools to the new recording paradigm, expand your network, and raise money to fund your dreams. The Savvy Musician is an invaluable resource for performers, composers, educators, students, administrators, industry employees, and others interested in a thriving musical future.

The Musician's Way: A Guide to Practice, Performance, and Wellness

In 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. 

By the best-selling co-author of Inner Tennis, here's a book designed to help  musicians overcome obstacles, help improve  concentration, and reduce nervousness, allowing them to  reach new levels of performing excellence and  musical artistry.

Awakening your Business Brain: An iCadenza Guide to Launching your Music Career

Can you really be an artist and a businessperson at the same time? Aspiring musicians have been asking this for ages, but in a new world of interconnectivity, the answers are closer than ever before. Jennifer Rosenfeld and Julia Torgovitskaya, founders of iCadenza and Cadenza Artists, are here to share the lessons of their music career coaching business and talent agency with you and help you awaken your business brain. 

Artists receive a lot of misconceptions about the business side of art: that focusing too much on self-marketing is detrimental to your artistic growth, or that making sacrifices for a big contract is “selling out.” Along the way, musicians are taught that they can be an artist or a businessperson, but not both. Jennifer and Julia say that not only is it possible to be both, it’s essential for survival in today’s music world. 

Hack the Music Business: Build Your Own Career

This is the best time in the history of the music industry to be a musician. 
Not convinced? With so many musicians struggling to get by it’s hard to believe, but with a shift in focus and some creative strategy you can be very successful. For the first time, musicians can build their own career, their own way, just like entrepreneurs by hacking the business. Musicians are no longer the product of record labels. You are the CEO of your own company! This book will show you how to turn your music career into a business that you can nurture and enjoy. 
Dave Kusek, who co-wrote The Future of Music book and started a new era of music education with Berklee Online, brings his 20+ years of experience with indie musicians to help you build a successful career in the music business of today. 

The Art of Practicing: A Guide to Making Music from the Heart

This landmark book enlightens amateur and professional musicians about a way of practicing that transforms a sometimes frustrating, monotonous, and overly strenuous labor into an exhilarating and rewarding experience. Acclaimed pianist and teacher Madeline Bruser combines physiological and meditative principles to help musicians release physical and mental tension and unleash their innate musical talent. She offers practical techniques for cultivating free and natural movement, a keen enjoyment of sounds and sensations, a clear and relaxed mind, and an open heart and she explains how to

Prepare the body and mind to practice with ease. Understand the effect of posture on flexibility and expressiveness. Make efficient use of the hands and arms. Employ listening techniques to improve coordination. Increase the range of color and dynamics by using less effort. Cultivate rhythmic vitality. Perform with confidence, warmth, and freedom.
 

The Balanced Musician: Integrating Mind and Body for Peak Performance

For musicians to attain the level of peak performance that they know is within their reach, they need to do more than spend time in the practice room. The most accomplished and healthiest musicians lead a balanced and satisfying life in which they place equal emphasis on three areas of musicianship: physical technique (body); analysis and knowledge (mind); and musicianship and creativity (soul). By integrating all of the parts of this triangle, you can learn to communicate creatively and with seeming effortlessness during performance. Organized into four main parts, this book first explores the mind-body connection and then separately discusses the mind, body, and soul of musicians, scholars, performers, and teachers of all voices and instruments.

Artistic DNA: A five step guide to start creating a successful career in music

This book and its exercises are going to take you by the hand and help you to discover your true artistic personality and start to enjoy the benefits of having a well-defined artistic DNA. 

Benefits provided by your Artistic DNA: 
·Know how to stand out from the crowd. 
·Have a path forward, a clear direction. 
·Gain in clarity. 
·Know when to say “No, thank you.” (guilty free) 
·Save in marketing and promotion budget. 
·Check the viability of your project, even before starting! 
·Allow to express yourself the way you truly are. 

The Mastery of Music: Ten Pathways to True Artistry

The Inner Game of Music, the breakout hit that became a standard primer in the music world, has taught thousands of musicians—professionals and amateurs alike—how to overcome self-consciousness and stage fright and to recapture a youthful, almost effortless capacity to learn. Now, in his follow-up book,The Mastery of Music, Barry Green turns his expert hand to the artistic qualities that make an extraordinary musician. Culling advice from dozens of interviews with legends including Joshua Bell, Dave Brubeck, Jeffrey Kahane, Bobby McFerrin, Christopher Parkening, Doc Severinsen, Frederica von Stade, the Harlem Boys Choir, and the Turtle Island String Quartet, he reveals that it’s not enough to have a cerebral and emotional connection to the notes. Green hows how musical excellence, exhibited by true virtuosos, requires a mastery of ten unique qualities of the soul and the human spirit, such as confidence, passion, discipline, creativity, and relaxed concentration, and he discusses specific ways in which all musicians, composers, and conductors can take their skills to higher levels