Performance Enhancement Books

Performance Enhancement Reading List

Compiled by Katherine Borst Jones

  • Bruser, Madeline. The Art of Practicing. A Guide to Making Music from the Heart. New York: Bell Tower, 1997.
  • Caldwell, Robert. The Performer Prepares. Dallas, Texas: Pst. Inc., 1990.
  • *Gallwey, W. Timothy. The Inner Game of Tennis. New York: Random House, 1974.
  • Gallwey, W. Timothy & Green, Barry. The Inner Game of Music. Garden City, New York: Anchor Press, 1986.
  • Garfield, Charles & Bennett, Hal Z.. Peak Performance. Los Angeles: Tarcher Inc., 1984.
  • *Greene, Don. Audition Success, An Olympic Sports Psychologist Teaches Performing Artists How to Win. New York: ProMind Music, 1998.
  • Herrigel, Eugen. Zen in the Art of Archery. New York: Vintage Books, 1974.
  • *Loehr, James. Mental Toughness Training for Sports. Achieving Athletic Excellence. New York: Penguin Books, 1986.
  • Loehr, James. Stress for Success. Random House, 1997.
  • O'Connor, Joseph. Pulling Your Own Strings.
  • Ristad, Eloise. A Soprano on Her Head. Moab, Utah: Real People Press, 1982.
  • Salmon, Paul G. & Meyer, Robert G.. Notes from the Green Room. New York: Lexington Books, 1992.
  • Sarnoff, Dorothy. Never Be Nervous Again. New York: Crown Publishers, Inc., 1987.
  • Schneiderman, Barbara. Confident Music Performance, The Art of Preparing. St. Louis: MMB Music, Inc., 1991.
  • Seashore, Carl E. Psychology of Music. New York: Dover Publications, Inc., (copy of McGraw-Hill publication of 1938)
  • Shurtleff, Michael. Audition. New York: Bantam Books, 1978.
    - "Audition is a book 'about finding the dream in you and learning how to put it right up on stage, where everybody can see it'."
  • Stanislavski, Constantin. An Actor Prepares. New York: Theatre Arts Books, 1936.
  • Storr, Anthony. Music and the Mind. New York: Ballantine Books, 1992.
  • Triplett, Robert. Stage-fright. Letting it Work for You. Chicago: Nelson-Hall, 1983.
  • Wilson, Frank R. Tone Deaf and All Thumbs?. Vintage, 1986.
    - "A neurologist explains how the brain functions in perceiving as well as in creating music."