📗 denotes books available in the NMND library.

Composition Texts

Alan Belkin. Musical Composition: Craft and Art. 📗

Richard Bellis. The Emerging Film Composer. 📗

Reginald Smith Brindle, Musical Composition

Vincent D’Indy. Course in Musical Composition, vol. 1. 📗

Leon Dallin. Techniques of Twentieth Century Composition. 📗

Johann Joseph Fux. The Study of Counterpoint/Gradus Ad Parnassum. 📗

Paul Hindemith, Craft of Musical Composition, Books 1-3 📗

Jonathan Middleton. Essentials for Composers–Creative Process by Design. 📗

Vincent Persichetti. Twentieth Century Harmony. 📗

Arnold Schoenberg. Fundamentals of Musical Composition. 📗

Charles Wuorinen. Simple Composition. 📗


Samuel Adler. The Study of Orchestration, 4th Ed. 📗 (3rd Ed. 📗)

Alfred Blatter. Instrumentation and Orchestration. 📗

Kent Kennan and Donald Grantham. The Technique of Orchestration.

Walter Piston. Orchestration. 📗

Charles-Marie Widor. Manual of Practical Instrumentation. 📗

Historical Orchestration Texts:

Hector Berlioz and Richard Strauss: Treatise on Instrumentation.

Adam Carse. The History of Orchestration. 📗x3

Adam Carse. Musical Wind Instruments. 📗

Cecil Forsyth. Choral Orchestration.

Cecil Forsyth. Orchestration. 📗

Nikolay Rimsy-Korsakov. Principles of Orchestration. 📗

Curt Sachs. The History of Musical Instruments. 📗

Instrument-specific Books


Robert Dick, The Other Flute.

Robert Dick, Tone Development through Extended Techniques.

Brandy Hudelson, The Art of Beatboxing.


Libby Van Cleve, Oboe Unbound. 📗


Ronald L. Caravan, Preliminary Exercises & Etudes in Contemporary Techniques for Clarinet

Phillip Rehfeldt, New Directions for Clarinet.


Marcus Weiss, Techniques of Saxophone Playing. 📗




Douglas Hill, Extended Techniques for the Horn. 📗


Thomas Stevens, Contemporary Trumpet Studies.








Samuel Z. Solomon, How to Write for Percussion: A Comprehensive Guide to Percussion Composition. 📗







Musicianship and Entrepreneurship

Angela Myles Beeching. Beyond Talent 📗

Gerald Klickstein. The Musician’s Way 📗

David Baskerville and Tim Baskerville. Music Business Handbook and Career Guide 12th Edition. (11th Ed. 📗)

David Cutler. The Savvy Musician 📗

Mark Rabideau, Creating the Revolutionary Artist. 📗


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] 📗

Composer Autobiographies/Memoirs

John Adams. Hallelujah Junction. 📗

John Luther Adams. Silences so Deep 📗

Philip Glass. Words Without Music 📗

Alex Ross. The Rest is Noise. New York, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2007 📗

Electronic Music

Mark Ballora. Digital Audio and Acoustics for the Creative Arts. 📗

Leigh Landy. Understanding the Art of Sound Organization. 📗

Curtis Roads. Composing Electronic Music. A New Aesthetic. 📗

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. 📗