Recommended Book List

This is a list of every book ever recommended by a guest on the Music Studio Startup podcast:

(* Indicate multiple recommendations.) 

Savvy Music Teacher by David Cutler ******

Profit First: Transform Your Business from a Cash-Eating Monster to a Money-Making Machine by Mike Michalowicz ****

Traction: Get a Grip on Your Business by Gino Wickman ***

The E-Myth Revisited by Michael Gerber **

Clockwork: Design Your Business to Run Itself by Mike Michalowicz **

Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert T. Kiyosaki *

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho *

The Independent Piano Teachers Studio Handbook by Beth Klingenstein *

The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results by Gary Keller *

Reach Out: The Simple Strategy You Need to Expand Your Network and Increase Your Influence by Molly Beck*

Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill *

Essentialism by Greg McKeown *

Never Split the Difference: Negotiating As If Your Life Depended On It by Chris Voss with Tahl Raz *

The Dynamic Studio: How to keep students, dazzle parents, and build the music studio everyone wants to get into by Philip Johnston *

Being Boss: Take Control of Your Work and Live Life on Your Own Terms by Emily Thompson and Kathleen Shannon *

Playing Big: Practical Wisdom for Women Who Want to Speak Up, Create, and Lead by Tara Mohr *

Building a StoryBrand: Clarify Your Message So Customers Will Listen by Donald Miller *

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life by Mark Manson *


The Ultimate Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

The Daily Ukulele Songbook: 365 Songs for Better Living (Jumpin’ Jim’s Ukulele Songbooks) by Jim and Liz Beloff

Let’s Panic About Babies by Alice Bradley and Eden Kennedy

DotCom Secrets: The Underground Playbook for Growing Your Company Online by Russell Brunson

The Success Principles by Jack Canfield

HBR’s 10 Must Reads on Strategic Marketing compiled by Clayton M. Christensen

Stand Out: How to Find Your Breakthrough Idea and Build a Following Around It by Dorie Clark

The Richest Man in Babylon by George S. Clason

Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones by James Clear

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change by Stephen R. Covey

Fiscal Sponsorship: 6 Ways To Do It Right (3rd Edition) by Gregory L. Colvin and Stephanie Petit

Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience and other works by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi 

Be Here Now by Ram Dass

The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck

ReWork by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson

Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frank

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert

Lean UX: Applying Lean Principles to Improve User Experience by Jeff Gothelf with Josh Seiden 

Permission Marketing by Seth Godin

Fourth Finger on B-flat: Effective Strategies for Teaching Piano by Joanne Haroutounian

Kindling the Spark: Recognizing and Developing Musical Talent by Joanne Haroutounian

Creative Confidence by Tom and David Kelley

The Phoenix Project: A Novel about IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win by Gene Kim, Kevin Behr, and George Spafford

Blue Ocean Strategy: How to Create Uncontested Market Space and Make the Competition Irrelevant by W. Chan Kim and Renée Mauborgne

The Jazz Theory Book by Mark Levine

Tribal Leadership: Leveraging Natural Groups to Build a Thriving Organization by Dave Logan, John King, and Halee Fischer-Wright

Building Your Private Music Studio by Sean Murphy

Book Yourself Solid: The Fastest, Easiest, and Most Reliable System for Getting More Clients Than You Can Handle Even if You Hate Marketing and Selling by Michael Port

The Pumpkin Plan: A Simple Strategy to Grow a Remarkable Business in Any Field by Mike Michalowicz

Playing Big: Practical Wisdom for Women Who Want to Speak Up, Create, and Lead by Tara Mohr *

The 12 Week Year: Get More Done in 12 Weeks than Others Do in 12 Months by Brian P. Moran and Michael Lennington

Content Inc: How Entrepreneurs Use Content to Build Massive Audiences and Create Radically Successful Businesses by Joe Pulizzi

How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence by Michael Pollan

The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand

You Are a Badass at Making Money: Master the Mindset of Wealth by Jen Sincero

You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero

Why They Buy by Cheri Tree

 Green Golly and her Golden Flute  by Keith Torgan and Barbara Siesel 

Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action by Simon Sinek

Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook: How to Tell Your Story in a Noisy Social World by Gary Vaynerchuck

Crushing It!: How Great Entrepreneurs Build Their Business and Influence-and How You Can, Too by Gary Vaynerchuck

The Thank You Economy Gary Vaynerchuck

Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin

Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter by Liz Wiseman with Greg McKeown

The Goal: A Business Graphic Novel – Eliyahu M. Goldratt’s Introduction to The Theory of Constraints adapted by Dwight Jon Zimmerman and illustrated by Dean Motter

Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life by Jon Kabat-Zinn