† denotes books available in the NDSU Music Composition library.
Samuel Adler. The Study of Orchestration, 4th Ed. † (3rd Ed. †)
Brandy Hudelson, The Art of Beatboxing.
Ronald L. Caravan, Preliminary Exercises & Etudes in Contemporary Techniques for Clarinet
Douglas Hill, Extended Techniques for the Horn. †
Thomas Stevens, Contemporary Trumpet Studies.
Elaine Gould. Behind Bars: The Definitive Guide to Music Notation. London: Faber Music, 2011. †
Steven Powell. Music Engraving Today, 2nd Ed. New York: Brichtmark Music, 2007. †
Gardner Read. Modern Rhythmic Notation. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1978. †
Gardner Read. Music Notation: A Manual of Modern Practice. New York: Taplinger Publishing Company, 1979.
Howard Risatti. New Music Vocabulary. [Out of print and difficult to find, it lists a number of ways to notate various extended techniques] †
G. Schirmer/AMP: Manual of Style [The style manual from Schirmer, available as print-on-demand] †
Alex Ross. The Rest is Noise. New York, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2007 †
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. †
NDSU Composition does not currently have commissioning programs (yet). However, here are some resources for commissions, for both composers and ensembles.