For the non-musical parents of young musicians, the holidays can be a rough time. Knowing what gifts your budding musician will love and which ones they’ll politely smile at and set aside isn’t easy for parents who don’t know much about music. Luckily, it turns out it’s actually not that complicated. From essential tools your child needs to play their instrument to fun music-themed games and books, parents have loads of terrific options when it comes to matching their musical kids with great gifts for the holidays. If you’re looking for some awesome gift options for the young musician living under your roof this holiday season, here are a few suggestions:
Whether your child rocks on guitar or marches proudly with the school band, music lessons will be a powerful gift that can deliver benefits for years to come. Kids almost always have the passion to pursue their creativity through music, but often lack the direction and structure to follow through. Music lessons are great holiday gifts for elementary and middle school musicians because working with a great teacher can transform a child’s interest in music into a full-blown passion.
Experienced and passionate private music teachers inspire kids while keeping them accountable for practicing and making progress in ways that parents can’t. Enrolling a child in their school’s band or buying them an instrument are great steps towards enriching their life through music, but the gift of music lessons complete that package by setting them up for success.
Books and sheet music
Your musical elementary or middle school student might like tinkering around with Bach fugues, Coldplay songs, or the soundtrack from Frozen. Gifts of music books and selections of sheet music will help feed this interest in a huge way. Music isn’t something confined to practice studios and music classes. It’s something that exists all around the life of your child, and music is something they’ll be much more interested in embracing if it becomes something empowering and personal to them. Yes, scales and exercises are crucial for the musical development of kids (there are plenty of books for those purposes), but giving children musical material they can relate to is one of the best ways to build a strong musical foundation in them.
Essential music accessories
Despite what you might think, a gift of guitar strings, drum sticks, or reeds isn’t the equivalent to a gift of tube sox for the holidays. Far from it. Even if your child is just starting out in music, they’ll need music accessories immediately in order to play their instrument. Picks, tuners, stands, rosin––these items are essential for making music on basic instruments. And, depending on the instrument, many items like picks, strings, rosin, and reeds wear out or break. This is all to say that, as a parent of a musical child, you’ll never go wrong by giving music accessories as gifts for the holiday season.
Music-themed games and collectibles
Whether it’s a game to help kids learn music or something fun that caters to the obsession they have with their favorite band, musical games make great holiday gifts for kids. Puzzles, card games, and trivia challenges keep kids entertained for countless hours, while music education-based games help make learning music fun, rewarding, and memorable. Music collectables are also amazing gifts for young musicians. From posters to action figures to magnets, there are loads of options for thrilling music-loving kids with fun musical collectible items.
A new instrument
Our last holiday gift idea for elementary and middle school musicians might sound obvious, but it can’t be understated. Unwrapping a new instrument is one of the most exciting things a child can experience, and it’s a warm memory that will be sure to remain with them for decades. Rentals and used instruments are great for kids who are just starting out in music, but young musicians with experience will get a myriad of benefits out of making music with a new instrument.
A new guitar, tuba, clarinet, or drum kit can absolutely change the life of your child by giving them a music-making tool they’ll be able to rely on for years. Music is an incredibly special thing for a child to experience, but they can’t make it without the proper tools. A new instrument is a powerful gift that can help your child pursue music with confidence.
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