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Last updated 2020-11-23
Resources for Current Students
Valley City State University
MUS 120: Composition I: (Lesson-based until 19S, Lecture-based since 19S)
MUS 220: Composition II: (Lesson-based until 20S, Masterclass-based since 20S)
MUS 320: Applied Composition (Lesson-based)
General Musicianship Books (below)
Books on Notation (below)
Books on General Musicianship and Entrepreneurship
Books on Notation
Elaine Gould. Behind Bars: The Definitive Guide to Music Notation. London: Faber Music, 2011.
Howard Risatti. New Music Vocabulary. [Out of print and difficult to find, it lists a number of ways to notate various extended techniques]
Alex Ross. The Rest is Noise. New York, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2007
Books on Electronic Music
Books on Creativity (and other misc.)
Howard Gardner. Creating Minds. New York: Basic Books, 2011.
Read Montague. Why Choose this Book? How we make decisions. New York: Dutton, 2006
Daniel Coyle. The Talent Code. New York: Bantam, 2009.
Bruce Adolphe. Of Mozart, Parrots, and Cherry Blossoms in the Wind: A composer explores mysteries of the musical mind. New York: Limelight Editions, 1999.
Stephen King. On Writing: A memoir of the craft. New York: Scribner, 2000.
Eric Abrahamson and David H. Freedman. A Perfect Mess. New York: Back Bay Books, 2007.
Scott Barry Kaufman and Carolyn Gregoire. Wired to Create: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Creative Mind. New York: TarcherPerigee, 2015.
Paul Tough. How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character. Boston: Mariner Books, 2013.
Robert Jourdain. Music, The Brain, and Ecstasy: How Music Captures our Imagination. New York: Harper Perennial, 2002.
Anne Lamott. Bird By Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life. New York: Anchor Books, 1994.
John McPhee. Draft No. 4: On the Writing Process. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2017.
Angela Duckworth. Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance. New York: Scribner, 2016.
Rosamund Stone Zander and Benjamin Zander. The Art of Possibility. New York: Penguin, 2000.
Twyla Tharp. The Creative Habit. New York, Simon & Schuster, 2003.