Gift ideas for the orchestral musician!!
Where to look....... Shar Music online, Ward-brodt in Madison or online, Heid Music in Madison, Southwest Strings online
Dampit - humidifies the instrument in the winter months to keep it from cracking and splitting.
Shoulder Rest - violin/ viola -assists the student to keep their instrument up in proper position. I suggest a kun or the everest. Some students do like the wolf as it is a little wider and sits on the shoulder a bit more than the others.
Rock Stop - cello - assists the endpin from sliding around on the student and also protects your floors at home.
Cloth - find somthing fun and creative. A bandana, fun washcloth, a piece of fabric. Don't go too fluffy or big as it won't fit in their case.
Music - Christmas music, Disney movie music, Sacred tunes. Remember that depending on the length of time the student has played will determine how successful they may or may not be today, but a challenge is always good!
Rosin - A new rosin can be fun.
Music Stand - If you don't have one at home this is a great time to get one. If you do have one, but your student is serious about music, a more permanent stand at home can be very satisfying.
New Instrument - Who doesn't want a new instrument?..... maybe it is time to make the purchase. I understand we all have to live with a budget, however, sometimes the sound is more important than the price. If the student likes the sound of their instrument they will practice more!
When purchasing a new instrument - check with Mrs. Hershey first. It is best to purchase from a reliable place so that there are return or trade in options later. PLEASE don't purchase through eBay, Craig's List or local garage sale.
Music Dictionary - There are some nice pocket dictionaries that can fit in the instrment case and prove to be very helpful.