Majoring in Music: All the Stuff You Need to Know
by Rich Holly
Written by my teacher and mentor, Rich Holly has decades of experience as a percussion professor, Department Chair, and Dean in higher education. The book is in bite-size segments for quick reads and is divided into the "Academic Stuff," the "Musical Stuff," and the "Life Stuff."
Highly recommended for any high school students considering music school at the collegiate level. Required reading for my first-semester freshmen.
The Inner Game of Tennis
by Timothy Gallwey
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
by Stephen Covey
An oldie but a goodie. I first read this in college and the ideas surrounding pro-activity and habits have stuck with me ever since.
A big thanks to my friend Ben Wahlund for gifting me this book. It inspired me to do the same for my friends ever since.