Annotated Bibliography on Musician Wellness

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Annotated Bibliography on Musician Wellness


Cockey, Linda, Kalmanson, Kathryn, American Music Teacher


INTRODUCTION

This year's bibliography contains some of the latest books related to wellness issues for musicians. The full bibliography can be found on MTNA's website at www.mtna.org.

The format of the bibliography is as follows:

General information included: Author, date of publication, title, publisher, current publisher's address, phone and/or fax if available, e-mail and website information if available, number of pages and ISBN number.

Specific information included: A brief description of the content of the book, journal, website or video, the intended audience (addressing value for the instrumentalist, keyboardist and/or vocalist), the authors' approach and specific techniques (such as physiological and psychological, when relevant), general research information and bibliography and/or end notes, if included in the book. A general viewer evaluation also is included. Topics addressed are prevention of medical problems, meditation, performance anxiety, performance preparation, learning theories and physiological and psychological issues related to musicianship.

BOOKS

Beeching, Angela Myles. (2005) Beyond Talent: Creating a Successful Career in Music. Oxford University Press, Inc., 198 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10016. www.oup.com. 344 pp. ISBN: 13978-0-19-516913-3; 978-0-19-516914-0/paperback.

The purpose of this book is to show readers how to find and create healthy performance opportunities, produce professional-quality promotional materials, attract media attention and the like. This text is written by the director of the Career Services Center at New England Conservatory of Music, where alumni, faculty and guest speakers regularly present career strategy workshops. It offers detailed information and explanations about how musicians can make their way in the professional marketplace. The book's purpose is to show readers how to find and create performance opportunities, produce professional-quality promotional materials, attract media attention to build their reputation and audience, raise funds for music projects and design a career success plan for reaching long-term goals. Topics are organized in a step-by-step fashion, offering a holistic approach to advancing one's musical career. Each chapter contains background information, specific how-to directions and real-life stories.

There are twelve chapters in this book. Chapter One, "Mapping Success in Music," describes what it takes to make it, includes ten success principles and offers tips for becoming an entrepreneurial musician and setting goals. Chapter Two, "Making Connections: Schmoozing for Success," is focused on the areas of developing people skills, networking, conducting good phone interviews and working through a room full of people. Chapter Three, "Building Your Image: Creating Promotional Materials that Work," discusses how to put together a biography, how and when to use letterhead, the use of photos and how to use other promotional materials. Chapter Four, "Expanding Your Impact: Demos and CDs," reviews the recording industry basics and what it means for helping promote one's musical career. Also discussed are repertoire decisions, recording options, CD artwork and graphics, copyright, licensing and finance issues and how to promote CDs and CD reviews.

Chapter Five, "Online Promotion: Using the Internet to Advance Your Career," is about Web technology and information, how to promote careers on the Internet, creating a website and judging a website's effectiveness.

Chapter Six, "Booking Performances Like a Pro," is about artist management and how it works, self-management, how to research opportunities, how to effectively book performances, what to program for a specific type of audience and negotiating fees, confirmations and contracts.

Chapter Seven, "Building Your Reputation, Growing Your Audience: the Media, Publicity, and You," describes how to attract an audience, hiring a publicist, writing press releases and compiling media lists and gives advice on "trimming" publicity for the next concert. …

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