The 5 Most Useful Books in My Music Studio

Today’s prompt for A Month of Favorites is 5 Most Useful Digital Lifehacks or 5 Fave [insert something non-bookish here]. I decided to do a mash-up of the two and keep it bookish.
1. The Simple Flute [review] by Michel Debost
When I have a teaching issue (or even a playing issue) related to the flute, this is where I turn first. Everything about the book’s organization makes it an easy and quick reference. Debost explains through text and musical examples.
2. Lyric Preludes in Romantic Style by William Gillock
These 24 short pieces for the piano cover all major and minor key signatures. They’re imaginative, fun, and impressive, and perfect for intermediate to late-intermediate piano students. My students love playing these, and to be honest, I enjoy playing them, too.
This is by far the best technique book I’ve found for lever (non-pedal) harp. The organization makes pedagogical sense, the layout is clean and easy to read, and the exercises are far more musically interesting than you’d expect in this type of book. I love that it’s spiral bound, so it lays flat on the music stand.
4. The Practice Revolution by Philip Johnston
This book is about how students practice, what works and what doesn’t, and how to practice efficiently. I continue to refer to it often because Johnston outlines a bunch of musical games and tricks to keep practicing engaging and interesting. These games have proven time and time again to work well with my students (no matter their instrument).

5. The A to Z of Foreign Musical Terms by Christine Ammer
My university flute professor required all of her students to purchase this when we studied with her, and I’m so thankful for that because I use it all.the.time. It’s an incredibly slim dictionary, yet every time I’ve had to look up a musical term, regardless of how rare the term seems, I’ve found the answer within this book. It’s a magical music dictionary!