Books that I have recently learned from:
THINKING FAST AND SLOW (Daniel Kahneman)
Research by Kahneman and Tversky has significantly affected my teaching. The dynamic of subconsceous (effortless) and conscious (difficult) processes in the brain can be productively explored in teaching.
FLOW: The Psychology of Optimal Experience (Mihaly Csikszentmihaly)
A wealth of information applicable to learning, performing, and teaching music.
BEYOND TALENT: Creating a Successful Career In Music (Angela Myles Beeching)
Non-musical know-how for musicians. This is the main textbook for my new UNC course: "Career Development of Musicians"
DRIVE: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us (Daniel Pink)
Autonomy, competence, relatedness.
THE PARADOX OF CHOICE: Why More Is Less (Barry Schwartz)
Sometimes good enough is good enough.