Being a parent to a high school or college-aged musician comes with some perks as well as drawbacks. After years of willingly–– or unwillingly––hearing your child practice their instrument and giving them rides to and from lessons, band practice, and recitals, students this age start to flourish in their work and make real progress. The holidays are the perfect time to celebrate your child’s musicalality, but selecting the kind of musical gifts they’ll actually want and use can be a big challenge for parents, especially if you’re not especially musical. If this sounds like you, we’ve got you covered! Today, we’re highlighting great gift ideas for high school and college musicians.
Music accessories are the holiday gifts that keep on giving. For musicians, getting a gift of picks, straps, stands, or strings is a huge plus no matter their age and experience level. This is because music accessories are essential for playing instruments, and they frequently wear out or get used up. You might not think giving your young musician something like a pack of reeds is that exciting of a gift, but your high school or college-aged child might disagree. All musicians who play instruments need accessories, so giving them as gifts is a chance to be both thoughtful and helpful as a parent. Reeds, rosin, strings, and tuners make excellent stocking stuffers, or if your musician is a guitarist, a big box of picks makes for an inexpensive gift they’ll use, remember, and appreciate.
Group or individual music lessons
You might think your kid is a music theory whiz or master guitarist, but the truth is that they can always grow and develop musically. Music lessons are a terrific gift for high school and college musicians. Working with a passionate musical expert can help inspire your child and provide them with a crucial framework for development. Music students who’ve been playing instruments in school band settings or for fun for a long time run the risk of hitting a ceiling in high school and college. Music lessons push students forward by challenging them when and where they need it most. Personalized music lessons are ideal for beginners and experienced students alike, and group lessons are perfect for social learners wanting to advance their skills in a fun, low-key setting. Giving music lessons as a gift this holiday season is something that can help solidify the musical foundation of your child.
A new instrument
If your high school or college-aged musician is serious about music, they’ll need the right instrument to help them be successful. Used or rented instruments are fine for musicians just starting out, but kids who get into music quickly grow out of them. Giving a new instrument as a holiday gift shows a child that you’re giving them everything they need to ensure their creative and musical success. The sky is the limit when it comes to how much new instruments can cost, but luckily, ones that are both well-built and affordable aren’t hard to find. From new tubas to drum kits to guitars, Music & Arts carries a wide selection of affordable new instruments.
Pro audio gear
Long gone are the days when ambitious young musicians had to fork over lots of money to record their music in professional studios. Today, do-it-yourself technology allowing young musicians to record and produce their own music is more affordable than ever. Whether your young musician wants to record, produce, and release original music or lay down practice tracks to critique later, pro audio gear can help them do it. For less money than you might think, you can purchase your budding musician recording equipment that will help them explore a side of their musical creativity the wouldn’t have had access to otherwise.
Music & Arts is the #1 holiday destination for music-lovers this season. From holiday songbooks to instruments, accessories, pro audio gear, and much more, we’re here to help make your holiday merry, bright, and musical this year. Stop in and see us at your local Music & Arts location, or shop online today!