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The Musician’s Way illuminates the inner workings of the creative process.
The following resources build on the concepts presented in the book.

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Online Creativity Course

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." Boost your creativity by understanding ways to squash it. By Gerald Klickstein

"What Makes a Musician?" Five mechanisms via which we attain musical proficiency, by John Sloboda, Ph.D.

"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." Central to creative success. Boston Globe, Aug. 2009.
"Getting Started." 6 strategies to counter procrastination, by Gerald Klickstein.

"The Creativity Crisis." Ways to foster creative thinking. Newsweek, July 2010.

"Need to Create? Get a Constraint." Wired, Nov. 13, 2011.

"Two Is the Magic Number." The power of collaboration. Slate, Sept. 2010.

"How To Be Creative." Strategies that boost creative insights. WSJ, 2012.

"Creative Artists: A Different Breed or a Different Creed?" by Robert Woody.

The Brilliant Blog, by Annie Murphy Paul. Writings on creativity and learning.

"Why Designers Should Seek Complexity," by Matthieu Mingasson.

"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.

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Creativity Websites

Creativity articles on The Musician's Way Blog.

Creativity tips & techniques from MindTools.com.

"The best question in the world." A witty slideshow by artist Betsy Streeter.

16 Habits of Mind that help us be more creative.

CriticalThinking.org. Critical thinking skills are vital to creativity.

"Avoiding Avoidance" via the The Musician's Way Blog.
"Reducing Procrastination." Tips for 1st-year college students from TWU.

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."

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Videos about Creativity

Goal-Oriented Creativity | Honoring the Creative Process | Acquiring a Creative Mind. Eric Maisel on maintaining a creative practice.

The Marshmallow Challenge. Tom Wujec describes a group excercise that reveals volumes about our creative habits.

Do Schools Kill Creativity? A popular lecture on TED by Sir Ken Robinson.

Edward de Bono, M.D., addresses ways to boost creativity.

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.

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Books about Creativity

Making Your Creative Mark: Nine Keys to Achieving Your Artistic Goals, by Eric Maisel (New World, 2013).

Daily Rituals: How Artists Work, by Mason Curry (Knopf, 2013).

The Talent Code, by Daniel Coyle (Random House, 2009). Talent Code website.
Also by Coyle, The Little Book of Talent (Bantam, 2012). 52 tips for building skills and boosting creativity.

Mindset, by Carol Dweck, Ph.D. (Ballantine, 2006). Read "The Growth Mindset" on The Musician's Way Blog.

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).

The Inner Game of Tennis, by W. Timothy Gallwey (Random House, 1997).
The Inner Game of Music, by Barry Green (Doubleday, 1986).

Free Play: Improvisation in Life and Art, by S. Nachmanovitch (Tarcher, 1991).

Creativity, by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Ph.D. (Harper, 1997). A now-classic text.

Creativity for Life, by Eric Maisel, Ph.D. (New World Library, 2007).
The Van Gogh Blues, by Eric Maisel (New World, 2007). "The creative person's path through depression."

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).

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