Music by Diverse Composers

During our first workshop and throughout this summer, we have realized the importance of creating a space where brass players can find music by diverse composers. We are hoping that this place will be a great resource but it is just a start. Asking other colleagues what composers they recommend and actively commissioning diverse people you know personally is also a great way to start. We will updated it over time and let us know if you have any resources to add to the list!

Music by Diverse Composers

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Book Recommendations

Rather than linking to Amazon or another bookstore, we encourage you to support a local bookstore and/or a black owned bookstore in your area if possible. Here is a website that lists bookstores by state so you can find one near you. 

Mindset

  • How to Be an Artist Without Losing Your Mind by JoAnnah Nagler

  • The Art of Possibility by Benjamin Zander and Rosamund Stone Zander

  • Disrupt Yourself by Whitney Johnson

  • More Than Ready: Be Strong and Be You . . . and Other Lessons for Women of Color on the Rise by Cecilia Muñoz

  • Creative Success Now: How Creatives Can Thrive in the 21st Century by Astrid Baumgardner

  • The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson

  • The Talent Code by Daniel Coyle

  • 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works--A True Story by Dan Harris

  • You are a Badass by Jen Sincero

  • Zen and the Art of Archery by Eugene Herrigel

  • The Subtle Art of Not Giving a #@%! - Mark Manson

  • Braving the Wilderness by Brene Brown

  • Daring Greatly by Brene Brown

  • Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle by Drs. Emily and Amelia Nagoski

  • Do the Work: Overcome Resistance and Get Out of Your Own Way by Steven Pressfield

  • Grit by Angela Duckworth

  • Feel the Fear and Do It Anyways by Dr. Susan Jeffers

  • Love the Job, Lose the Stress by Lesley Moffat

  • Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert

Music Specific - Mindset

  • Song and Wind by Arnold Jacobs

  • Effortless Mastery by Kenny Werner

  • The Art of Practicing: A Guide to Making Music from the Heart  by Madeline Bruser

  • The Artist's Way - Julia Cameron

  • The Mindful Musician - Vanessa Cornett

  • The Mindful Musician - Vanessa Cornett

  • Achieving Peak Performance in Music - Sarah Sinnamon

  • The Musician's Mind - Lynn Helding

  • Audition Playbook by Rachelle Jenkins

  • Where Are All the Black Female Composers? by Nate Holder

  • Swing Shift, “All-Girl” Bands of the 1940s by Sherrie Tucker

  • The Musician’s Way: A Guide to Performance, Practice and Wellness by Gerald Klickstein

  • The Art of the Turnaround: Creating and Maintaining Healthy Arts Organizations by Michael Kaiser

  • The Balanced Musician by Lesley Sisterhen McAllister!

  • A Soprano on Her Head: Right-Side-Up Reflections on Life and Other Performances Paperback by Eloise Ristad 

  • Teaching Healthy Musicianship by Nancy Taylor 

  • Playing (Less) Hurt by Janet Horvath.

Race/Gender/Individual Stories

  • Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

  • Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More by Janet Mock

  • There's No Plan B for your A Game by Bo Eason

  • Relentless: From Good to Great to Unstoppable by Tim S. Grover and Shari Lesser Wenk

  • Julia Child interviews curated by Helen Rosner

  • Becoming by Michelle Obama

Podcasts/Blogs

Further Resources on Diversity and Inclusion