Ten Books for the Creative Musician That Are Not About Music…but really are

Ten Books for the Creative Musician That Are Not About Music…but really are

By UM News

Ten Books for the Creative Musician That Are Not About Music…but really are

By UM News

FROST TENS tap into the broad and deep expertise of the world-class faculty at the highly acclaimed Frost School of Music. The lists are not necessarily "Top Tens”, but rather TENS to consider and discuss. Each month we will post a new faculty list, inviting your responses and additions. Enjoy!

 

Stephen Guerra, Jr., Lecturer 

Dr. Steve Guerra (DMA '16) is Managing Director of the Henry Mancini Institute (HMI) and a Lecturer in the Department of Studio Music and Jazz at the Frost School of Music. He also directs of the award-winning Frost Studio Jazz Band and teaches classes in jazz conducting and repertoire, composition, arranging, and saxophone. Under Dr. Guerra’s leadership, the HMI has appeared in numerous PBS specials, major-label record releases, and high-profile live events throughout the United States, including a recent performance with John Williams, Kristen Chenoweth, and Matthew Morrison in Los Angeles. He has traveled to Japan as the assistant orchestrator for Japanese music sensation Yoshiki’s Classical Tour, performed alongside many jazz greats, appeared on numerous acclaimed recordings, and is in high demand as a composer and arranger, with commissions for such artists as Pharrell Williams, Emilio Estefan, Dave Koz, Ben Folds, The National Symphony Orchestra, and the Air Force Band of the West. Guerra says, "I strive to challenge my students while providing them with fulfilling and meaningful musical experiences that will give them the tools to thrive as musicians and become productive creators of art."

 

Ten Books for the Creative Musician That Are Not About Music…but really are

  • Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life – by Anne Lamott
  • On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft – by Stephen King
  • Hawthorne on Painting - by Charles Webster Hawthorne
  • Who Moved My Cheese? An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life – by Dr. Spencer Johnson
  • The War of Art: Winning the Inner Creative Battle – by Steven Pressfield
  • The Alchemist – by Paul Coelho
  • Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live Love, Parent, and Lead – by Brene Brown
  • Getting Things Done - by David Allen
  • Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration – by Ed Catmull and Amy Wallace
  • Tribe of Mentors: Short Life Advice from the Best in the World – by Timothy Ferris