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Below is a list of books relevant to SMTs.

Music Teaching Business

Music Career Guides

Technology in Music Teaching

  • The iPad Piano Studio, by Leila Viss.
  • Making Music with GarageBand and Mixcraft, by Robin Hodson, James Frankel, Richard McCready, and Michael Fein.
  • Music Education with Digital Technology, by Pamela Burnard and John Finney.
  • Music Learning Today: Digital Pedagogy for Creating, Performing, and Responding to Music, by William Bauer.
  • Musical iPad: Creating, Performing, & Learning Music on Your iPad, by Thomas Rudolph & Vincent Leonard.
  • Teaching Music Through Composition: A Curriculum Using Technology, by Barbara Freedman.
  • Technology Strategies for Music Education, by Thomas Rudolph, Floyd Richmond, David Mash, Peter Webster, William Bauer, & Kim Walls.
  • Using Technology to Unlock Musical Creativity, by Scott Watson.
  • YouTube in Music Education, by Thomas Rudolph and James Frankel.


  • The Art of Practicing: A Guide to Making Music from the Heart, by Madeline Bruser.
  • How to Get Your Child to Practice…Without Resorting to Violence!! by Cynthia Richards.
  • The Musician’s Way: A Guide to Practice, Performance, and Wellness, by Gerald Klickstein.
  • Not Until You’ve Done Your Practice: The Classic Survival Guide for Kids Who are Learning a Musical Instrument, But Hate Practicing, by Philip Johnston.
  • The Practice Revolution: Getting Great Results from the Six Days Between Lessons, by Philip Johnston.
  • Practiceopedia: The Music Student’s Illustrated Guide to Practicing, by Philip Johnston.

Performance Anxiety & Mindset

  • Effortless Mastery: Liberating the Master Musician Within, by Kenny Werner.
  • Fight Your Fear and Win: At Work, In Sports, On Stage, by Don Greene.
  • Free Play: Improvisation in Life and Art, by Stephen Nachmanovitch.
  • The Inner Game of Music, by Barry Green & Timothy Gallwey.
  • The Mastery of Music: Ten Pathways to True Artistry, by Barry Green.
  • Perfect Wrong Note: Learning to Trust Your Musical Self, by William Westney.
  • Performance Success: Performing Your Best Under Pressure, by Don Greene.
  • The Talent Code: Greatness Isn’t Born. It’s Grown. Here’s How. by Daniel Coyle.
  • The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles, by Steven Pressfield.

Business & Marketing

  • The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future, by Chris Guillebeau.
  • The Brand Called You: Make Your Business Stand Out in a Crowded Marketplace, by Peter Montoya & Tim Vandehey.
  • Business Model You: A One-Page Method for Reinventing Your Career, by Tim Clark, Alexander Osterwalder, & Yves Pigneur
  • The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It, by Michael Gerber.
  • Guerilla Marketing: Easy and Inexpensive Strategies for Making Big Profits from Your Small Business, by Jay Conrad Levinson.
  • Infinite Possibilities: The Art of Living Your Dreams, by Mike Dooley.
  • The Small Business Bible: Everything You Need to Know to Success in Your Small Business, by Steven Strauss.
  • You, Inc: The Art of Selling Yourself, by Harry Beckwith & Christine Clifford.

Websites & Social Media

  • Creating a Website that Sells Your Business: The Radical Blueprint to Turning Your Visitors into Buyers, by J.R. See.
  • Cyber PR for Musicians: Tools, Ticks, & Tactics for Building Your Social Media House, by Ariel Hyatt.
  • How to Create a Website: 7 Steps to the Best Website for Your Business, by Jurgita Glodenyte.
  • Make Money Blogging: The Ultimate Guide to Monetizing a Blog Website, by Sarah Goldberg.
  • The New Rules of Marketing & PR: How to Use Social Media, Online Video, Mobile Applications, Blogs, New Releases, and Viral Marketing to Reach Beyters Directly, by David Meerman Scott.
  • The Really, Really, Really Easy Step-by-Step Guide to Building Your Own Website: For Absolute Beginners of All Ages, by Gavin Hoole.
  • The Social Media Bible: Tactics, Tools, and Strategies for Business Success, by Lon Safko.
  • WordPress to Go: How To Build a WordPress Website on Your Own Domain, From Scratch, Even in You are a Complete Beginner, by Sarah McHarry.

Time Management

  • The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change, by Stephen R. Covey.
  • The 25 Best Time Management Tools & Technique: How to Get More Done Without Driving Yourself Crazy, by Pamela Dodd & Doug Sundheim.
  • The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right, by Atul Gawande.
  • Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity, by David Allen.
  • Life in Cut Time: Time Management for Music Teachers, by Emily Schwartz.
  • Pomodor Technique: Illustrated: The Easy Way to do More in Less Time, by Staffan Noteberg.
  • The Skinny on Time Management: How to Maximize Your 24-Hour Gift, by Jim Randel.
  • Time Management from the Inside Out: The Foolproof System for Taking Control of Your Schedule—and Your Life, by Julie Morgenstern.

Financial Management

  • 925 Ideas to Help You Save Money, Get Out of Debt, and Retire a Millionaire So You Can Leave Your Mark on the World, by Devin Thorpe.
  • The Automatic Millionaire: A Powerful One-Step Plan to Live and Finish Rich, by David Bach.
  • A Beginner’s Guide to Investing: How to Grow Your Money the Smart and Easy Way, by Alex Frey & Ivy bytes.
  • America’s Cheapest Family Gets You Right on the Money: Your Guide to Living Better, Spending Less, and Cashing in on your Dreams, by Steve & Annette Economides.
  • How to Get Out of Debt, Stay Out of Debt, and Live Prosperously, by Jerrold Mundis.
  • The Millionaire Next Door, by Thomas Stanley.
  • The Money Book for the Young, Fabulous, & Broke, by Suze Orman.
  • Rich Dad Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids about Money that the Poor and Middle Class Do Not! by Robert Kiyosaki.
  • Saving for Retirement (Without Living Like a Pauper or Winning the Lottery, by Gail Marks Jarvis.
  • The Total Money Makeover: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness, by Dave Ramsey.
  • Think and Grow Rich, by Napoleon Hill.

Teaching Philosophy

  • Drive: The Surprising Truth about What Motivates Us, by Daniel Pink.
  • Intelligent Music Teaching: Essays on the Core Principles of Effective Instruction, by Robert A. Duke.
  • Making Musical Meaning: Unlocking the Value of Music Education in the Age of Innovation, by Elizabeth Sokolowsky.
  • Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, by Carol Dweck.
  • Music, Informal Learning and the School: A New Classroom Pedagogy, by Lucy Green.
  • The Music Teaching Artist’s Bible: Becoming a Virtuoso Educator, by Eric Booth.
  • Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action, by Simon Sinek.

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