Recommended Books, Music, and Movies

This page has very little to do with music. Daniel Ales, the owner, has a passion for reading and learning and sharing what he has learned with his students. He regularly quotes lines from movies, anecdotes from books, and lyrics from songs. Here is a list of all his favorites:


Book List:Instilling a love of reading in your child is one of the most important attributes they will ever obtain. The Huffington Post did and article about the reading habbits of the rich and successful, and it turns out that they read a lot. Click here to read the article.

  • “The Bible” - Various
  • “The Travlers Gift” - Andy Andrews
  • “The Travlers Summit” - Andy Andrews
  • “Love and Respeect” - Dr. Emerson Eggerichs
  • “The Chornicles of Narnia” - C. S. Lewis
  • “The Space Trilogy” - C. S. Lewis
  • “Mere Christianity” - C. S. Lewis
  • “The Four Loves” - C. S. Lewis
  • “The Great Divorce” - C. S. Lewis
  • “Lord of the Rings Trilogy” - J.R.R. Tolkien
  • “The Hobbit” - J.R.R. Tolkien 
  • “Total Money Makeover” - Dave Ramsey
  • “Retire Inspire” - Chris Hogan
  • “The 7 Habbits of Highly Effective People” - Stephen R. Covey
  • “This is Your Brain on Music” - Daniel J. Levitin
  • The Oddesy” - Homer
  • The Simerilian” - Homer
  • Pride and Prejudice” - Jane Austin
  • ”The Once and Future King” - T.H. White
  • ”The Picture of Dorian Grey” - Oscar Wilde 


CD Album List:I have found that many students do not listen to music. All of them hear music everywhere they go, but few if any actually take time out of their day and just sit and listen and enjoy. Learning to make music is so hard if you don’t listen to it. It’s like learning a foreign language but never hearing it spoken to you. Encourage your children to spend a few days listening and relistening to good songs. Here are a few albums I like to listen to.



  • 34 Number Ones - Alan Jackson
  •  Age to Age - Amy Grant
  • Big Band Favorites - BBC Big Band Orchestra
  • The Ultimate Bee Gees - The Bee Gees 
  • Greatest Hits - Billy Joel
  • Mud on the Tires - Brad Paisley 
  • The Greatest Hits Collection - Brooks & Dunn
  • The Best of the Cathedrals- The Cathedrals
  • Celtic Thunder - Celtic Thunder
  • Deep Enough to Dream - Chris Rice
  • 9 to 5 and Odd Jobs - Dolly Parton
  • The Very Best of the Doobie Brothers - The Doobie Brothers
  • Eagles Greatest Hits - The Eagles
  • Nothing but the Best - Frank Sinatra
  • 20th Century Masters - George Straight
  • Song for My Father - Horse Silver
  • Organ Grinder Swing - Jimmy Smith
  • Your Man - Josh Turner
  • Greatest Hits - Journey
  • The 50 Greatest Pieces of Classical Music - London Philharmonic 
  • Michel Camilo - Michel Camilo
  • Through My Eyes - Michel Camilo
  •  Unforgettable - Nat King Cole
  • Nikoali Kapustin: 24 Preludes in a Jazz Stlye - Nikolai Kapustin
  • The Piano Guys - The Piano Guys
  • I Told You So - Randy Travis
  • Anthology - Ray Charles
  • Ray Charles - Ray Charles
  • All About Love - Stephen Curtis Chapman
  • The Great Adventure - Stephan Curtis Chapman
  • Number 1’s - Stevie Wonder
  • Running with Scissors - Weird Al Yankovic


Movies:

  • Amadeus
  • Apollo 13
  • Back to the Future
  • Batman Begins
  • A Beautiful Mind
  • Braveheart
  • Bruce Almighty 
  • The Borne Trilogy
  • The Narnia Movies
  • Cinderella Man
  • Cool Runnings
  • The Dark Night
  • Dead Poets Society
  • Elf
  • E.T.
  • Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
  • Field of Dreams
  • Finding Forester
  • Footloose 
  • The Fugitive
  • Gladiator
  • The Godfather
  • The Green Mile
  • Good Will Hunting
  • Groundhog Day
  • Hook
  • The Incredibles
  • Indiana Jones
  • It’s a Wonderful Life
  • Iron Man
  • Jaws
  • Jumanji (1995)
  • The Lion King
  • The Mighty Ducks
  • Minority Report
  • Monsters Inc
  • Monsters University
  • Patch Adams
  • Pirates of the Caribbean (all of them)
  • The Princess Bride
  • Rocky (Most of them)
  • Rudy
  • Saving Private Ryan
  • Sherlck Holmes
  • The Shawshank Redemption
  • Shrek
  • The Sound of Music
  • Star Wars (IV - V - VI)
  • Toy Story (all of them)
  • The Truman Show