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New & Updated - 2nd Edition Now Available!
Dear Music Professional,

I hope you will take a minute to learn about the second edition of my book, and explore the FREE Teacher's Guide and Student Workbook. Building on the success of the first edition, I asked Steve Danyew to join me as a contributing author and together we have added 50+ pages and many new topics.

The new Teacher’s Guide is intended to help those using our book as a course text. See more below or go to Amazon and click on “Look Inside” to get a feel of what we cover. Thanks for reading this and have a restful Summer. 

Best Wishes,
- Ray Ricker
“Ray’s Lessons has more wisdom per pound than I’ve ever read in a book about the business of music.”
—Jeff Beal, Emmy award winning composer

“This book is a must for anyone having anything to do with the music scene, or for that matter, any kind of creative endeavor in the arts.”
—Bob Mintzer, Grammy winning saxophonist, composer, and member of the Yellowjackets

“Ray tells an honest story, without discouraging students, about the challenges a life in music presents and how they can position themselves to take advantage of, and create opportunities in an increasingly competitive field.”
—Richard Lawn, Dean of the College of Performing Arts at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia (retired)
We've created a FREE Teacher's Guide! Having used this book in our classes at the Eastman School of Music, we have developed a wealth of in-class activities and assignments that we are sharing with you. Our goal is to save you time and give you some tried and tested ideas that we know are effective and that students find helpful. The Teacher's Guide includes 18 topics taken directly from the 2nd edition of the book, and has suggested page readings, in-class activities, and assignments for each topic
Download Your FREE Teacher's Guide Here
PS. Also download our FREE Student Workbook and share the document with your students. The workbook has prompts and brainstorming space to help guide students through the self-reflection parts of the book. 
W H A T ' S   N E W
Inside the 2nd Edition of Lessons from a Street-Wise Professor, you'll find: 
  • Updated statistics to many topics such as health care, taxes, credit cards, and royalties
  • New sections on social media, websites, email marketing, crowdfunding, interviewing, documenting your work, professional writing, publishing your work, a profile on Brooklyn Duo, and more!
F R O M   T H E   B A C K   C O V E R
The professional music's tough out there! Yet musicians manage to survive and even thrive in this competitive environment. Lessons from a Street-Wise Professor encourages the reader to take his or her skills, talents and interests and put them into a package - You, Inc. A musician is like a small store where clients come to buy your musical services. It can be a corner store where selections may be generic, or it can be a specialty boutique. We want boutiques. The authors' mission is to help young musicians who are at point A in life, figure out where they want to be (point B), and to discover their path to get there. It's realistic but positive, because the truth really is that one can craft a successful, meaningful, personalized career based on interests and talents, and that is one of the fantastic things about being a musician. Among the many practical skills you'll learn are:
  • developing an entrepreneurial mindset
  • understanding your musical marketplace
  • separating yourself from the pack
  • navigating professional relationships
  • maintaining your artistic integrity while
    striving for financial success
Perfect for music students just entering the professional world or for anyone considering a career in music—and a helpful read for non-musicians and old pros, too!
A B O U T   T H E   A U T H O R S
RAMON RICKER has straddled the Ivory Tower and the Real World throughout his career and has built a reputation as a distinguished teacher, a versatile orchestral and jazz musician, a well-known author of books on jazz improvisation and saxophone technique and an astute businessman. He is certainly the consummate “street-wise professor.” For this second edition Ray asked STEVE DANYEW, a former Eastman colleague to contribute. Steve is a young music entrepreneur, teacher, and composer who is up on all the latest and greatest innovations in the music business—a "street-wise professor" in his own right.
Lessons from a Street-Wise Professor: What You Won't Learn at Most Music Schools (2nd Edition)
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List Price: $19.95 paperback, $9.95 ebook
ISBN: 9780982863930
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