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Module Reading List Level 2 Performance

Performance for Visiting Music Students, 2021/22
Dan Gordon
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

This list broadly covers a range of genres, and the extremely useful Alexander Technique.  I'm not suggesting that you go over the top on reading, but if you're not familiar with Alexander Technique, then I suggest that should be at the top of your list.  The Brotherton has lots of books on many aspects of performance practice: historical, cultural, general interpretation and theory, etc., and there's lots online.  Please let me know if you want any further ideas.

Brown, Clive, Classical and Romantic performing practice 1750-1900, Oxford University Press

ed. Burton, Anthony, A performer's guide to music of the baroque period (London:  ABRSM Publishing, 2002) 

--- A Performer’s Guide to Music of the Classical Period (London: ABRSM Publishing, 2002) 

--- A Performer’s Guide to Music of the Romantic Period (London: ABRSAM Publishing, 2002) 

Hamilton, Andy, Lee Konitz: Conversations on the Improviser’s Art (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2007)

Karkoschka, Erhard, Notation in New Music: a Critical Guide to Interpretation and Realisation (Tonbridge: Universal Edition, 1972) 

Kenny, D, The Psychology of Performance Anxiety (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011)

Lehman, A. C., J. A. Sloboda and R. H. Woody, Psychology for Musicians: Understanding and Acquiring the Skills (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007)

Levine, Mark, The Jazz Theory Book (Petaluma: Sher Music, 1995)

Macdonald, Robert, and Caro Ness, Secrets of Alexander technique (Dorling Kindersley) 

McPherson, Gary and William F. Thompson, 'Assesseing Music Performance: Issues and Influences', Research Studies in Music Education, 10 (1998), 12-27

Mills, Janet, 'Assessing Musical Performance Musically', Educational Studies17 (1991), 173-181

Werner, Kenny, Effortless Mastery: Liberating the Master Musician Within (New Alberny: Jamey Aebersold Jazz, 1996)

Wolff, Konrad, The Teaching of Artur Schnabel: a Guide to Interpretation (New York: Praeger, 1972) 


This list was last updated on 03/08/2021