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If you’re interested in becoming a professional musician, then you’ll need to learn everything you can about the music industry. But where is the best place for you to learn about this industry?

For starters, you could read a book written by an established musician whose insights can teach you everything about this industry you might not be able to learn inside a classroom.

According to a recent article in MusicTech Magazine, the following are 6 books that any musician could benefit from reading.

  • How Music Works (By David Byrne)
    Written by the former front man of the legendary new wave band Talking Heads, Byrne’s book is filled with stories of his ground-breaking career. He also explores the impact music videos and the internet have had on the music industry.

  • Writing Better Lyrics (By Pat Pattison)
    Pattison is a professor at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. His book walks readers through the entire songwriting process with a focus on how to create insightful lyrics.

  • Interactive Composition (By V.J. Manzo and Will Kuhn)
    This book teaches readers how to compose and perform popular music electronically, as well as in a variety of popular styles using Ableton software.

  • Making Music: 74 Creative Strategies for Electronic Music Producers
    (By Dennis DeSantis)
    Courtesy of this book, you’ll learn how to use the latest technology to make music and resolve any tech-oriented problems you might encounter along the way.

  • Dinner with Lenny: The Last Long Interview With Leonard Bernstein (By Jonathan Cott)
    One year before Leonard Bernstein passed away, he was invited by writer Jonathan Cott to his home in Fairfield, CT to discuss his career highlights that included composing the score for the musical West Side Story. Bernstein was an Emmy, Grammy, and Tony Award winning conductor, composer, pianist, writer, educator, and human rights activist.

  • The Artist’s Way (By Julia Cameron) 
    First published in 2001, Cameron’s book asks readers to incorporate strategies and philosophies into their creative process to help them overcome writer’s block.

Where Can I Get the Training I Need to Break Into the Music Industry?


Hocking College in Nelsonville, OH has a Music Management program. for those interested in getting into the music industry. In only two years, you can graduate with your Associate of Applied Business in Music Management degree.

What Will I Learn in this Program?

Students who enroll in Hocking College’s Music Management program will learn about the following subjects:

  • Music licensing & publishing
  • Electronic music production (making beats)
  • Music contract negotiation
  • Tour bookings & promotions
  • Recording studio techniques & mixing concepts
  • Live sound production
  • Audio engineering for film & video games

For more information about this program, contact the Program Manager, Scott Winland, by email at windlands14721@hocking.edu or by phone at (740) 753-6126.

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