The Musician’s Way illuminates the inner workings of the creative process.
The following resources build on the concepts presented in the book.
10 Steps to Lifelong Creativity. Online creativity course by Gerald Klickstein. Now with flexible pricing: Pay as little as $1 for ten transformative lessons!
Articles about Creativity
"Positive mood allows brain to think more creatively." Science Daily, Dec. 2010.
"How Not to Be Creative," a humorous look at the creative process.
"Daring to Stumble on the Road to Discovery." How experimentation and learning from mistakes is central to creativity. The New York Times, Aug. 2011.
"The Truth about Grit." Persistent work and a growth mindset are essential to creative success. Boston Globe, Aug. 2009.
"Need to Create? Get a Constraint." Wired, Nov. 13, 2011.
"The Creativity Crisis." Ways to foster creative thinking. Newsweek, July 2010.
"Getting Started." 6 strategies to counter procrastination.
"Two Is the Magic Number." The power of collaboration. Slate, Sept. 2010.
"Why Designers Should Seek Complexity," by Matthieu Mingasson.
"Creative Artists: A Different Breed or a Different Creed?" by Robert Woody.
The Brilliant Blog, by Annie Murphy Paul. Writings on creativity and learning.
"How To Be Creative." Strategies that boost creative insights. WSJ, 2012.
"Musicians Use Both Sides of their Brains More Frequently than Average People" Brain function, creativity, and divergent thinking. Science Daily, 2008.
"In Jazz Improv, Large Portion of Brain’s Prefrontal Region ‘Takes Five’ to Let Creativity Flow." How the brain functions when we think creatively (NIH, 2008).
Authentic Voice: An Interview with Meredith Monk. Insightful words about the creative process. Mountain Record, 2004.
Creativity articles on The Musician's Way Blog.
Creativity tips & techniques from MindTools.com.
Read about 16 Habits of Mind that help us be more creative.
CriticalThinking.org. Critical thinking skills are vital to creativity.
"The best question in the world." A witty slideshow by artist Betsy Streeter.
PowerPoint presentations about creativity, active learning, motivation, cooperative learning, and more from Curtis J. Bonk, Ph.D.
Learning to Perform project. A powerful study that tracked 100 music students at the Royal College of Music over a 3-year period. Click on "Outcomes Poster."
Videos about Creativity
The Marshmallow Challenge. Tom Wujec describes a group excercise that reveals volumes about our creative habits.
Edward de Bono, M.D., addresses ways to boost creativity.
Do Schools Kill Creativity? A popular lecture on TED by Sir Ken Robinson.
How great leaders inspire action. A talk by Simon Sinek.
Why students don't learn what we think we teach. Robert Duke proposes ways to foster deeper learning and greater creativity.
Books about Creativity
Daily Rituals: How Artists Work, by Mason Curry (Knopf, 2013).
Making Your Creative Mark: Nine Keys to Achieving Your Artistic Goals, by Eric Maisel (New World, 2013).
Creative Thinkering, by Michael Michalko (New World, 2011).
The Power of Mindful Learning, by Ellen Langer, Ph.D. (Da Capo Press, 1998).
The Creative Habit, by Twyla Tharp (Schuster, 2003).
Creativity, by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Ph.D. (Harper, 1997). A now-classic text.
Free Play: Improvisation in Life and Art, by S. Nachmanovitch (Tarcher, 1991).
The Art of Possibility, by Rosamund Zander & Benjamin Zander (Penguin, 2000).
The Medici Effect, by Frans Johansson (Harvard Business Press, 2006).
Intelligent Music Teaching, by Robert A. Duke, Ph.D. (2005).