Book Recommendations (Greg Barrett) - NIU - School of Music

Book Recommendations

Enhancing musical performance

  • Sound in Motion by David McGill
    Indiana University Press
    - The principal bassoonist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra clearly describes aspects of musical playing.
  • Germaniums for the Clarinet and Saxophone by Edward Yadzinski
    Plume d'Esprit, P.O. Box 1358, Amherst, NY 14226
    - Engaging essays and etudes on diverse topics including: Practice, Sight-Reading, Articulation, Finger Articulation, and Style.
  • The Inner Game of Music by Barry Green with W. Timothy Gallwey
    - Learn inner game skills such as imagery and musical awareness to get more out of music. 
    Very helpful in becoming comfortable with performance nerves.
  • Peak Performance by Charles Garfield
    - Use the exercises in this book to learn ways to overcome stage fright.
  • A Soprano on Her Head by Eloise Ristad
    Real People Press. Moab, Utah, 1982.
    - New ways to look at perceived musical barriers. Unleash your potential. Helps put the demands of music study in perspective.
  • Teaching Genius, Dorothy DeLay and the Making of a Musician by Barbara Lourie Sand.
    Amadeus Press. Portland, Oregon, 2000.
    - An inspirational book about the process of studying a musical instrument.


  • Mazltov! Jewish-American Wedding Music for clarinet by Joel Rubin
    Schott/Hal Leonard
    - Includes informative article about klezmer and16 melodies transcribed with many stylistically informed embellishments. *Shows how to embellish.
  • The Compleat Klezmer by Henry Sapoznik with Pete Sokolow
    Tara Publications/Hal Leonard
    - Thirty-three characteristic klezmer tunes from the playing of Dave Tarras, Naftule Brandwein and others. Includes informative article and CD of performances from the early 20th century. * Hear the historic style.
  • The Absolutely Complete Klezmer Songbook by Yale Strom
    Transcontinental Music Publications/Hal Leonard
    - 400 pages of a wide variety of melodies, lengthy article by noted scholar, contemporary recording of some of the melodies. *Huge variety of melodies