Spicer's Recommendations


Saxophone / Jazz Etudes

  • Top Tones for the Saxophone by Sigurd M. Raschèr

  • Saxophone High Tones by Eugene Rousseau

  • Voicing by Donald J. Sinta

  • Repository of Scales and Melodic Patterns by Yusef A. Lateef

  • Technique Development in Fourths for Jazz Improvisation by Ramon Ricker

  • Advanded Jazz Conception for Saxophone by Lennie Niehaus

  • Patterns for Saxophone by Oliver Nelson

  • Etudes pour Saxophones by H. Klosé

  • Eight Very Difficult Studies for Saxophone by Guy Laqour

  • 48 Famous Studies for Oboe or Saxophone by W. Ferling

  • Patterns for Jazz by Jerry Coker

  • Saxophone Manual: Choosing, Setting up, and Maintaining a Saxophone by Stephen Howard

Composing / Arranging

  • Arranging and Composing for the Small Ensemble by David Baker

  • Arranging for the Small Jazz Ensemble by Robert Larson

  • Inside the Score by Rayburn Wright

  • Modern Jazz Voicings: Arranging for Small and Medium Ensembles by Ted Pease and Ken Pullig

  • Arranging for Large Jazz Ensemble by Ken Pullig

  • Jazz Composition: Theory and Practice by Ted Pease

  • Reharmonization Techniques by Randy Felts

  • Behind Bars: The Definitive Guide to Music Notation by Elaine Gould

  • Complete Guide to Film Scoring by Richard Davis

  • The Emerging Film Composer by Richard Bellis

  • A Composer's Guide to Game Music by Winifred Phillips

  • Jazz Arranging and Composing: A Linear Approach by Bill Dobbins

  • Aaron Marks' Complete Guide to Game Audio 

Music History

  • A History of Western Music by J. Peter Burkholder

  • Jazz Styles by Mark C. Gridley

  • Notes and Tones: Musician-to-Musician Interviews by Arthur Taylor

  • Played Out on the Strip: The Rise and Fall of Las Vegas Casino Bands by Janis L. McKay

Jazz Pedagogy

  • The Jazz Language by Dan Haerle

  • The Jazz Theory Book by Mark Levine

  • The Jazz Ensemble Director's Handbook by John Berry

  • Jazz Pedagogy: The Jazz Educator's Handbook by J. Richard Dunscomb

  • The Creative Director: Alternative Rehearsal Techniques by Edward S. Lisk

  • Barron's AP Music Theory by Nancy Scoggin

  • Rock Your College: How to Start and Run A College or University-Based Music Business Entity by Marcy Rauer Wagman

Video Game Development/

Game Audio

  • Blood, Sweat and Pixels by Jason Schrier

  • Press Reset by Jason Schrier

  • Complete Guide to Game Audio by Aaron Marks

  • A Theory of Fun for Game Design by Ralph Koster

  • The Foley Grail by Vanessa Theme Ament

  • Leading With Sound by Rob Bridgett

  • Video Game Storytelling by Evan Skolnick


  • How to Form a Nonprofit Corporation by Anthony Mancuso

  • Nonprofit Management 101 by Darian Rodriguez Heyman

  • Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon

  • Show Your Work by Austin Kleon

  • Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari

  • 21 Lessons For The 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari

  • Homo Deus by Yuval Noah Harari


  • Overwatch

  • Ark: Survival Evolved

  • Kingdom: Two Crowns

  • Kingdom: New Lands

  • Beat Saber

  • Starcraft, Starcraft 2

  • Minecraft

  • No Man's Sky

  • Trover Saves The Universe

  • Surviving Mars

  • Fallout 4

  • Overcooked

  • Rocket League

  • Frost Punk

  • Celeste 

  • Super Meat Boy

  • Hollow Knight

  • Outer Wilds

  • Demeo

  • Starbound

  • Sea of Thieves 

  • Star Wars: The Force Unleashed

  • Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion

  • Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

  • Read Dead Redemption

  • Read Dead Redemption 2

  • Call of Duty 2

  • Call of Duty 4

  • Age of Empires 1, 2, and 3

  • Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

  • Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask

  • Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess

  • Guild Wars

  • Super Smash Bros. (all of them)

  • Super Mario Bros. (all of them)

  • Final Fantasy III, VII, X, XII

  • Harvest Moon

  • Warcraft 1, 2, and 3