Books for Band Directors

Music Education:
The Artistry of Teaching and Making Music by Richard Floyd
On Teaching Band by Eddie Green & Mary Ellen Cavitt
The Band Director’s Companion by Harry Haines & Gary Garner
Teaching Music with Passion: Conducting, Rehearsing and Inspiring by Peter Boonshaft
Pathways: A Guide for Energizing & Enriching Band… by Joseph Alsobrook
Habits of a Successful Middle School Band Director by Scott Rush, Jeff Scott & Emily Wilkinson
Maestro: A Surprising Story About Leading by Listening by Roger Nierenberg
The Art of Successful Teaching by Tim Lautzenheiser
The Joy of Inspired Teaching by Tim Lautzenheiser

Importance of Music Education:
The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything by Ken Robinson
A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future by Daniel Pink
In Defense of a Liberal Education by Fareed Zakaria

Motivation & Focus:
Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel Pink
The Inner Game of Music by Barry Green
Talent is Overrated: What Really Separates...by Geoff Colvin
The Talent Code: Greatness Isn’t Born. It’s Grown. Here’s How. byDaniel Coyle
Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth
Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck
Nudge: Improving Decisions… by Richard Thaler & Cass Sunstein
Contagious: Why Things Catch On by Jonah Berger
Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together… by Simon Sinek

Educational Theory:
Teaching with Poverty in Mind: What Being Poor Does to Kids’ Brains… by Eric Jensen
Engaging Students with Poverty in Mind: Practical Strategies… by Eric Jensen
The Smartest Kids in the World: And How They Got That Way by Amanda Ripley
The First Days of School: How to Be an Effective Teacher by Harry Wong & Rosemary Wong

Understanding your Students & Colleagues:
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain
Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy by Sheryl Sandburg

Reader’s Additions: (suggestions sent in by readers)
Sticking It Out: From Juilliard to the Orchestra Pit… by Patti Niemi
The Force of Destiny: The Life and Times of Colonel Arnald D. Gabriel by Michael A. Gabriel
Chop Wood Carry Water: How to… Process of Becoming Great by Josh Metcalf
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Teaching with Poverty in Mind (Book Review)

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