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Hart, Mickey. Drumming at the Edge of Magic: A Journey into the Spirit of Percussion.
Part autobiography, part personal memoir by the percussionist for the Grateful Dead in which he recounts the discovery of the historical and spiritual heritage of the drum.

Campbell, Don. The Mozart Effect.
Tapping the power of music to heal the body, strengthen the mind, and unlock the creative spirit.

Campbell, Don. The Mozart Effect for Children:  Awakening Your Child's Mind, Health, and Creativity with Music.
Offers essential guidance that will enable parents and educators to better understand music as an aid to growth, development, mental and physical health, and creative awakening in our most precious human resource.

Levitin, Daniel J. This is Your Brain on Music: The Science of a Human Obsession.
Presents the psychological effects music has on people, investigating its role in human evolution, its effects on emotions, and how musical preferences and expertise are formed.

Ward, Geoffrey C. Jazz: A History of America's Music. Based on a documentary film by Ken Burns. Traces the history of jazz music from its origins in New Orleans through the twentieth century, and looks at the lives and contributions of some of the genre's greatest composers and performers

Seymour, Gene. Jazz: The Great American Art.
A history of jazz, from its roots in blues, ragtime, and swing to its various contemporary manifestations, discussing the major performers and the music's reflection of the experiences of African Americans.

Bierhorst, John. A Cry from the Earth.
An overview of Indian music and dance which includes a discussion of their instruments, the structure of their music, and the uses of music in Indian life.

Bolden, Tonya. Take-Off: American All-Girl Bands During WWII.
The advent of WWII dispatched many men overseas, giving women the chance to finally strut their stuff on the bandstand.

Kruckenberg, Sven. The Symphony Orchestra and its Instruments.
Discusses what can properly be called a symphony orchestra, and narrates the 400 year history of orchestras in the Western world.

Waring, Dennis. Making Wood Folk Instruments.
Contains building instructions for 51 instruments.

Abel, Lawrence. Singing the New Nation: How Music Shaped the Confederacy, 1861-1865.
Explores the feelings and emotions of generals and ordinary soldiers and families across the South during the Civil War.

Berger, Dorita S. Music Therapy: Sensory Integration and the Autistic Child.
Music therapy can be an effective way of working with people diagnosed with autism. This groundbreaking book looks at how music elements and music therapy interact with physiologic function.

Barrett, Janet R. Sound Ways of Knowing: Music in the Interdisciplinary Curriculum. Interdisciplinary approach in education.

Lautzenheiser, Tim. The Art of Successful Teaching: A Blend of Content & Context.
Focuses on the art of teaching, the world of competition, student leadership as it relates to music. Includes a special section for band directors only.

Lautzenheiser, Tim. The joy of inspired teaching.
Discussion of a philosophy of music education, achieving excellence in teaching music, and student leadership.

Carlow, Regina. Exploring the Connection Between Children's Literature and Music. UNM Professor of Music Education. Presents guidance, lessons, and activities for combining children's literature with music in kindergarten through fifth grade in order to build motor, reading, writing, and concentration skills.

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