Suggested Reading


Whether it’s specifically about musical education, or about a how to foster a growth mindset, the books included on this page are ones we at Morin Music have found particularly helpful when supporting parents/guardians and students.


THE TALENT CODE by Daniel Coyle

What is the secret of talent? How do we unlock it? In this groundbreaking work, journalist and New York Times bestselling author Daniel Coyle provides parents, teachers, coaches, businesspeople—and everyone else—with tools they can use to maximize potential in themselves and others.

THIS IS YOUR BRAIN ON MUSIC by Daniel J. Levitin

In this groundbreaking union of art and science, rocker-turned-neuroscientist Daniel J. Levitin explores the connection between music—its performance, its composition, how we listen to it, why we enjoy it—and the human brain.

NURTURED BY LOVE by Shinichi Suzuki

Now in a new translation, this book is legendary pedagogue Shin’ichi Suzuki’s exploration of the concepts of his Talent Education philosophy through a personal narrative of discovery and experiences. Taken from the original Japanese directly into English, this new work provides fascinating insight into the mind of the master.

ABILITY DEVELOPMENT FROM AGE ZERO by Shinichi Suzuki

Recommended for parents of Suzuki Method® students, this sequel to Nurtured by Love features a quote by Dr. Suzuki that states “the fate of the child is in the hands of his parents.” With this book he shows how to create a warm environment which will encourage any child to become a happy, loving, and talented human being.

THE POWER OF MUSIC by Elena Mannes

The Power of Music follows visionary researchers and accomplished musicians to the crossroads of science and culture, to discover: how much of our musicality is learned and how much is innate? Can examining the biological foundations of music help scientists unravel the intricate web of human cognition and brain function? Why is music virtually universal across cultures and time—does it provide some evolutionary advantage? Can music make people healthier? Might music contain organizing principles of harmonic vibration that underlie the cosmos itself?

MINDSET: THE NEW PSYCHOLOGY OF SUCCESS by Carol S. Dweck

After decades of research, world-renowned Stanford University psychologist Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D., discovered a simple but groundbreaking idea: the power of mindset. In this brilliant book, she shows how success in school, work, sports, the arts, and almost every area of human endeavor can be dramatically influenced by how we think about our talents and abilities. People with a fixed mindset—those who believe that abilities are fixed—are less likely to flourish than those with a growth mindset—those who believe that abilities can be developed. Mindset reveals how great parents, teachers, managers, and athletes can put this idea to use to foster outstanding accomplishment.

HELPING PARENTS PRACTICE by Edmund Sprunger

Ideas for Making it Easier. Written in small, easily managed sections for the busy parent. The aim is to support and inform parents who want to maximize their usefulness and minimize their interference—but are sometimes unsure how to achieve these goals during practice.


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