Gift for violin teacher? (Part 2)
Quite some time ago, I posted a question to discuss what to give to my violin teacher as a parting gift.(http://www.violinist.com/discussion/thread.cfm?page=1295)
And I have, due to my condemnable carelessness, procrastinated from updating the thread, which is incidentally why I am writing now...
Since then, I have read through all the replies, and have decided that it would be best to write a handwritten letter along with a leather-bound score.
Now, the question is what score to buy for her. I have considered buying a Baerenreiter edition of Bach's Partitas and Sonatas, but my teacher, a professional baroque violinist, probably has her own. Any advice regarding what score and what edition to give?
Stick to the letter.
Letter and gift card.
Yeah, I feel terrible when I have to throw something out that I'm never going to use because a student wanted to get me a violin-related gift. Letters are the best because they are more valuable than anything a student could buy me, I don't have to feel nitpicky about them like I would about rosin or music, and they also pack easily away.
Thank you for the reply, it seems like that a leather-bound score isn't favorable. But what about a normal score then? I really want to give something practical, but something that isn't too "day-to-day."
Definitely, letter. If you feel like you have to include something else,is there a store you guys buy strings / music from? See if you can get a gift card from there.
Regional circumstances must be considered. You might consider a rare Baroque work instead of something popular. If I were to receive the score to a piece that I've never heard of as a gift, I would personally be extremely happy to look into it because I love new and unusual music. Not everyone's that way, though. Some people just love exploring new music.
Handwritten letter and a gift card. For a professional baroque violinist, I would think a nice massage session will always be welcome treat given the amount fast repetitive motions of regular baroque musician has to make. To find the right music, you need to do some serious research. Chocolate or sweet stuff are nice, but nothing special and not terribly healthy. Many professional musicians are suffering aches and pains and have to brush them off as something "comes with the territory" because they have no other choice. Your teacher may be an exception but still, I think some true love a student can offer to their violin teacher is giving something that is going to make their professional life a little easier.
If a gift card is not culturally acceptable, then either the handwritten letter alone, or accompanied by some sort of treat (bakery or homemade). My kids still talk about the amazingly good homemade egg rolls that the mother of one of my students brought me three years ago.
Maybe a copy of the facsimile of the Sonatas & Partitas by J.S.Bach, like this one
Notwithstanding the compelling appeal of egg rolls or single-malt whisky, if you simply must give something physical and permanent, a tasteful hand-made picture frame makes a lovely and quite universal gift. These are often sold at street fairs and summer festivals. The key is leaving it empty. They work very well for showers and weddings especially.