While teaching music to small and large ensembles, the type of questions I often get asked is related to how musicians should practice. Therefore, I recommend reading several books for musicians to gain personal knowledge and introspection about developing a practice routine. These books have helped me think about the practical applications of learning music and helped me get past some barriers in my understanding of music.
After recommending these books, I also remind students that playing is sometimes okay. Sometimes playing music can be a way to have fun. With that in mind, here are some recommended books for folks who want structure and fun.
- The Inner Game of Tennis by Timothy Gallwey
- The Inner Game of Music by Barry Green
- Effortless Mastery by Kenny Werner
- The Musician’s Way by Gerald Klickstein