Looking for the perfect gift for a music major in your life? We’ve identified 12 gifts–be it graduation, birthdays or Christmas–that are sure to resonate with these artistic souls.
1. A nice pair of headphones – Chances are your music lover already has a pair of cheap headphones. Give him or her an upgrade in sound quality and appearance. There are a bevy of options in the $50-$100 range that offer significant improvement over the basic models, including noise reduction and improved clarity across ranges. We recommend the BÖHM Wireless (linked below).
2. The Harvard Dictionary of Music – This authoritative musical dictionary is a must-have reference for music major. Whether putting class notes into context or feeding the inner autodidact, it gets rave reviews for its comprehensive coverage of genres and musical styles. It has less bibliographic focus for a reason: most of that information is available for free online.
3. Music stand upgrade – Most music students have cheap, flimsy folding music stands without much room for books. If he or she aspires to teach or perform full time, eventually a sturdier stand will be required. We recommend Musician’s Gear Deluxe Conductor Music Stand, which gets a perfect 5/5 score for its durability while still being fold-able.
4. Baton & case – In the life of a music student, a baton will inevitably be required. Giving a music major his or her first baton is a special gift, one that shows that you not only value her interest in music, but what she aspires to become. It’s a gift you’ll be remembered for. We recommend the Mollard S14. Also consider getting a case to come with it.
5. Musical socks – Show some spirit with melodic socks. It’s hard to go wrong with something everyone needs. Chances are they’ll be worn frequently so buy a few pairs.
6. Circle of Fifths Wall Clock – A gift only a musical nerd will appreciate, the circle of fifths is a structure by which musical pitches are taught. It can take a while to grasp, so help him or her stay head of the class by keeping the circle of fifths in view 24/7.
7. Music portfolio bag – Musicians typically lug around hundreds of pages of sheet music to lessons and rehearsals. Keep him or her organized with a smart portfolio bag that zips up to make sure everything’s safe and secure.
8. Musical note mug – Get in the musical spirit with a fun coffee/tea mug. We recommend a travel mug that can be taken to rehearsals.
9. Musical note necklace – Help your musician show her love of music with a tasteful, silver treble clef necklace. Great for both special occasions like concerts, recitals or even everyday use.
10. Recording microphone – A microphone will capture your musician’s playing for posterity, while also adding a fun new dimension to practicing. Recording oneself is a great way to improve playing. Just connect the microphone to the computer, download Audacity software (it’s free), and you’re on your way.
11. The History Of Classical Music In 24 Hours – This well-priced 24-CD set offers a comprehensive overview of classical music, from music of the middle ages to Brahms to Schoenberg. You’ll be the first person to say “I know that piece!”
12. Music-themed gift card – If you can’t make a specific gift decision, give a gift card. Music majors spend a lot of time listening to performances. Chances are you won’t know exactly what they want to listen to. A music-themed gift card is the perfect solution. Amazon or iTunes are the most popular services.