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

Online Creativity Course

10 Steps to Lifelong Creativity. Online creativity course by Gerald Klickstein. Now with flexible pricing: Pay as little as $10 for 10 transformative lessons!

Creativity Websites

Creativity articles on The Musician’s Way Blog.

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

Avoiding Avoidance” via the The Musician’s Way Blog.

16 Habits of Mind that help us be more creative. Critical thinking skills are vital to creativity.

Creativity tips & techniques from

PowerPoint presentations about creativity, active learning, motivation, cooperative learning, and more from Curtis J. Bonk, Ph.D.

Books about Creativity

The Musician’s Way, by Gerald Klickstein (Oxford, 2009). Boost creativity in practice, performance, career!

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.

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

Powers of Two: Finding the Essence of Innovation in Creative Pairs, by Joshua Wolf Shenk (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014).

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

The Creative Habit, by Twyla Tharp (Schuster, 2003).

Creative Thinkering, by Michael Michalko (New World, 2011).

The Power of Mindful Learning, by Ellen Langer, Ph.D. (Da Capo Press, 1998).

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

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).

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

Intelligent Music Teaching, by Robert A. Duke, Ph.D. (2005).

Articles about Creativity

How Not to Be Creative.” Boost your creativity by understanding ways to squash it. A humorous approach by Gerald Klickstein.

Positive mood allows brain to think more creatively.” Science Daily, Dec. 2010.

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

The Truth about Grit.” Central to creative success. Boston Globe, Aug. 2009.

Getting Started.” 6 strategies to counter procrastination, by Gerald Klickstein.

Daring to Stumble on the Road to Discovery.” How experimentation and learning from mistakes is central to creativity. The New York Times, Aug. 2011.

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

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

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

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

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 potent group exercise that reveals volumes about our creative habits.

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

How great leaders inspire action. A talk by Simon Sinek.

Edward de Bono, M.D. Ways to boost creativity.

Why students don’t learn what we think we teach. Robert Duke, Ph.D., proposes ways to foster deeper learning and greater creativity.

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