Gift for "graduating" students
I've moved recently and am in the process of closing up my old studio location, so this spring's recital will be the last for several of my students. I like to give a gift to my graduating or moving-on students and it's fun for me to pick out something that will be personal to each of them, but given that there are several this year and my favorite shop for getting music gifts is temporarily closed for remodeling...amazon is just full of kitsch and I need some ideas! The "graduating" students are mostly middle school-high school, girls and guys, good musicians but not necessarily the type who want to wear it on their t shirt :)
Thoughts so far:
Recordings!--but nobody has cd players anymore!
Concert tickets--maybe see if I can get open-date ravinia lawn passes?
A classy mug, or key chain, or mousepad
Nice music bag--what kind would you like if you were a hs guy? :) I'm thinking black, over-the-shoulder, with a look that's not too "precious"--maybe "got music" or something :)
A volume of sheet music that would be up their alley, to build their collection (this is my frontrunner right now!)
I like the sheet music idea. You can personalize it for each student and write a nice note in the front.
My long-time teacher gave me a set of the Beethoven op. 18 quartets as a high school graduation gift.
+1 for chamber music. You're emphasizing the life-long possibilities of communal music-making!
Yep. Chamber parts. If you can spend that much. Paperback edition of memoir? Eg indivisible by four,
nice to see someone from the chicago area. they see lots of sheet music. a “bag” in my opinion is too personal as people have different preferences.
Tuning fork for A at the local standard. Something you use all your life--well I do, and find it better than a smartphone app. If you want to spend more you can have it engraved. Or maybe not--would that change the pitch???
I always buy them a hardback copy of Ivan Galamian's "Principles of Violin Playing & Teaching". I write a personalized note in the front cover.
Can I suggest my new book,
You can buy gift cards to the symphony - we do that frequently at the Davies Symphony in SF.