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:
Books & Sheet Music
If your musical elementary or middle school student likes tinkering around with Bach fugues, Coldplay songs, or the soundtrack from Frozen…gifting them music books and selections of sheet music will help feed this interest in a huge way. Music isn’t something confined to practice studios or music classes. It’s something that exists all around your child’s life. If music becomes something more empowering and personal to them, it is something they’ll be much more interested in embracing. Yes, scales and exercises are crucial for the musical development of young beginners, but giving children material they can relate to is one of the best ways to build a strong musical foundation in them.
Music-themed Games & Collectibles
Whether it’s a game to help them 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 collectibles are also amazing gifts for young musicians. From posters and action figures to magnets and stickers, there are loads of options for thrilling music-loving kids with some of these fun items.
Essential Music Accessories
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 or experience level. Even if your child is just starting out in music, these accessories are essential for playing instruments and they frequently wear out or get used up. You may think giving your young musician something like a pack of reeds is equivalent to gifting a pack of tube socks for the holidays… but it’s far from it. All musicians who play instruments can utilize some kind of accessory, so giving them as gifts is a chance to be both thoughtful and helpful as a parent. Reeds, rosin, strings, tuners, metronomes and more all make excellent stocking stuffers.
A New Instrument
Unwrapping a new instrument is one of the most exciting things a child can experience, and is a warm memory that will remain with them for decades to come. Rentals or used instruments are great for kids who are just starting out in music, but as their skills develop they will quickly grow out of them. Giving a new instrument as a holiday gift shows a child that you’re invested in giving them everything they need to ensure their creative and musical success. New instruments can be costly, so always be sure to visit our website and check out the latest information regarding holiday promotions, deals, and exclusive financing options.
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Whether your child rocks on guitar or marches proudly with the school band, giving the gift of lessons will deliver benefits for years to come. When kids have a passion to pursue their creativity through music, they 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 passionate musical expert can transform a child’s mild interest in music into a full-blown passion.
Experienced instructors inspire kids while keeping them accountable for progress in ways that parents can’t. Enrolling your child in their school music program and renting or buying them an instrument are all great steps, but the gift of music lessons completes that package by setting them up for long-term success. Music & Arts is proud to offer personalized online or in-person lesson programs that are ideal for beginners and experienced students alike.
Music & Arts is the #1 holiday destination for musicians and 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!