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  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: OUP USA (17 Sept. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195343131
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195343137
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 1.8 x 15.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 106,178 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Gerald Klickstein (@klickstein) is a veteran performer and educator with more than 30 years of experience on the concert stage and in higher education.

Incoming Director of the Music Entrepreneurship and Career Center at the Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University (July 2012), from 1992-2012 he was a member of the distinguished artist-faculty of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. He is also a sought-after speaker, writer, career coach, arts administrator, and classical guitarist.

His book The Musician's Way (Oxford 2009) and its extensive companion website have drawn global praise for their insightful handling of the issues that today's musicians face. Learn more and join the conversation at MusiciansWay.com.

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This book is a rare example of clear, concise and useable information on music practice... If I read a better book on practice this year I'll be surprised!! (Mike Saville, HowToPractice.com)

the main strength of this book lies in the depth with which the author engages with the processes of practising and performing. The comprehensive way in which these topics are covered provides students with clear guidance to support many aspects of their musicianship. (Noola Griffiths, British Journal of Music Education)

One of the most important books on musicianship in recent decades. (Joseph Docksey, Director, Lamont School of Music)

A masterful work, which I believe will quickly be recognized as the finest guide to the art of musical performance produced by our generation. (Kevin Lawrence, Artistic Director, Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival, Professor of Violin, University of North Carolina School of the Arts)

I predict that The Musician's Way will be an instant classic. It is the most useful, comprehensive book I have ever read on developing the skills of a successful performer. Every music lover - student, professional, amateur, and teacher alike - should own this book. (Jeffrey Solow, Professor of Cello, Temple University President, American String Teachers Association)

An outstanding accomplishment... The Musician's Way should be on the shelf of every aspiring professional musician and every serious music educator. (Clavier Companion)

Klickstein covers the gamut of issues, tips, and ideas that make up the world of the serious musician... Students hunger for this kind of knowledge. (Notes)

Klickstein takes a common-sense approach and works his way through techniques for improving every aspect of a performer's life, from ways to memorise a piece to dealing with performance anxiety... It's all very well thought through and an interesting read. (The Strad)

A comprehensive guidebook from an experienced, insightful musician... You must read this book. (Stringendo)

A wonderful tool for all aspiring musicians (Chad Criswell, MusicEdMagic.com)

You owe it to yourself to read this book. (Christopher Davis, ClassicalGuitarBlog.net)

Written in a light, conversational style...the many case examples bring reality to the text... A comprehensive guidebook from an experienced, insightful musician. If you think you know it all, you must read his book. (Mary Nemet, Stringendo.)

About the Author

Gerald Klickstein is Professor of Music at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and an active guitarist, author, and arts advocate. He frequently lectures at prominent music conferences and appears at leading American music schools and festivals where he performs, teaches, and directs original workshops. He currently serves as Artist/Member-at-Large on the board of the American String Teachers Association and is a member of the College Board's National Task Force on the Arts in Education. He also authors The Musicians Way Blog and maintains www.MusiciansWay.com, the extensive companion website to The Musician's Way.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael Faraday on 12 July 2013
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I don't often write reviews on Amazon, but I felt I should say something about this excellent book. I had previously bought several other books on practice techniques, stage preparation, dealing with performance stress, interpretation etc... but wish I had bought this book first, as it has it all in one place! In addition, what is covered is genuinely good material and is supported by other research I have read elsewhere. I would highly recommend this book - it will be useful for both amateurs and professionals and will help you to move your musicianship forward and reach new highs. Many of us get stuck on a plateau after a while, and this book helped my to get out of that. Definitely worth the money!!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Earwig on 4 Feb. 2012
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Full of all the gems that most musicians will gather if they study long enough, and quite a few that they might well not come across anywhere else.
A must for the armoury of any aspiring professional (and professionally-minded amateur) musician.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By J. Forster on 1 Mar. 2011
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I am learning piano (grade 5)and have found this to be a book that can be read again and again it contains so much information.The guidance it gives is clear cut not happy clappy hippy drivel that some books on practice contain.
I pick it up continually to refer to anything that may enter my mind (believe me there's plenty of room in there)!
If you are learning ANY instrument then this book is for you.His website is also excellent.
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