About The Musician’s Way Book

The Musician’s Way by Gerald Klickstein has earned worldwide praise for its insightful handling of the issues that aspiring performers face. Now in its 13th printing, the book presents an inclusive system for musicians to advance their abilities and succeed as performing artists.The Musician's Way book cover

Organized in three parts and 14 chapters, the text merges concepts drawn from current research with the insights that the author has gathered across 35 years in the music and teaching professions.

  • Part I, “Artful Practice,” describes strategies to interpret and memorize compositions, organize practice, fuel motivation, collaborate, and more.
  • Part II, “Fearless Performance,” exposes the causes of nervousness and shows how musicians can become secure, expressive performers.
  • Part III, “Lifelong Creativity,” equips performers to prevent occupational injuries, enhance their creativity, and build rewarding careers.
Using the Book

The Musician’s Way complements lessons and classes and also serves as a comprehensive guidebook that music lovers can study on their own. It aids performers and educators of all levels yet is framed around the learning environment of university-level students studying Western music traditions.

Book Details

350 pages, 51 photos, 58 music examples. Published August 2009 by Oxford University Press, New York. ISBN: 9780195343137 (paperback). Dimensions: 6 1/8 X 9 1/4 inches (15.5 X 23.5 cm). Printed on acid-free paper. $24.95. Also available as an e-book and in a durable, unjacketed hardback edition crafted for libraries and book collectors. Hardback ISBN: 9780195343120.

About the MusiciansWay.com Website

MusiciansWay.com partners with its namesake book to provide musicians, students, and teachers with resources that help them achieve their goals. It offers links to up-to-date resources, supplies free downloads, and enables The Musician’s Way to address topics concisely. The site is owned and managed by Gerald Klickstein.

About The Musician’s Way Blog

In The Musician’s Way Blog, Gerald Klickstein expands on the topics of music practice and performance, career development, creativity, entrepreneurship, and myriad aspects of living a musician’s life. The blog also provides a venue for musicians to connect, as does the MusiciansWay.com page on Facebook.

About The Musician’s Way Newsletter

The Musician’s Way Newsletter is a free, one-of-a-kind publication that explores music making, creativity, practice, career building, technology, and much more. Published 3-4 times per year, subscribers enjoy diverse articles that help them succeed artistically and gain knowledge of the music industry. Read the archive and sign up for free – you can unsubscribe anytime with a click.

About the Author, Gerald Klickstein

Photo of Gerald KlicksteinEducator, author and guitarist, Gerald Klickstein, M.M., has earned an international reputation for his integrated approach to artistic and professional development for musicians. He has served on the music faculties of multiple U.S. universities and was the Founder and Director of the Music Entrepreneurship & Career Center at the Peabody Conservatory.

He lectures internationally and writes about topics of interest to diverse musicians and educators. His book The Musician’s Way (Oxford, 2009), now in its 13th printing, along with its companion website MusiciansWay.com, has drawn global praise for charting holistic pathways to musical excellence.

Learn about Gerald Klickstein’s workshops. Connect via Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, Blog.

Contact Gerald Klickstein to book a speaking engagement, workshop, or coaching session via Skype.


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