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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


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. 


  • 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


Further Resources on Diversity and Inclusion

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