My Own Writings



Tips to be Successful in Class

Auditions: Preparing and Performing

Improving Time-Management (yes it’s a skill)

Note Grouping

James Thurmond

The definitive text to unleashing the secrets of musical playing.  A must-read for any serious musician.

Anatomy of the Orchestra

Norman Del Mar

A very comprehensive account of the history and elements of the orchestra.  Can be appreciated by both the advanced musician and the novice.

Casals and the Art of Interpretation

David Blum

Another great approach to musical playing. Contains several quotes and stories of cellist and conductor Pablo Casals.

Essay on the True Art of Playing Keyboard Instruments

C.P.E Bach

This is an invaluable resource to appropriate execution of Baroque style.  The section on “ornaments” should be read by all serious musicians.

The Flute Book

Nancy Toff

The Study of Counterpoint

J.J. Fux

The “7-Habits Books”

Stephen Covey

Wonderful approach to living life with confidence and integrity.  Several books in this series by Stephen R. Covey and his son Stephen M. Covey.

Highly recommended.

Sacred Hoops

Phil Jackson

Insight to team management that is applicable across all disciplines.

Written following the 70-win season of the Jordan-era Chicago Bulls.


Stephen Lundin

Harry Paul

John Christensen

A quick read giving “a proven way to boost morale and improve results.”

In Process

Ensemble Motivation and Morale


Performance Anxiety

Effective and Efficient Practice

Tips to Get the Most Out of Your Lessons

Tips for Preparing for Ensemble Rehearsals

Collections of Quotes

The Checklist Manifesto

Atul Gawande

Solutions to efficiently organize tasks for simple, complicated, and complex projects that promote communication, teamwork, and eliminating error.