Christmas Gifts for Your Favorite Flutist
At this time of year, parents and grandparents often ask me for ideas for useful gifts for musicians. This is a short list of items that every flutist in my studio should own:
Everyone needs a music stand. Many young students will start with a foldable wire rack like this one. They come in a variety of colors and can be folded into a small carrying bag.
For an upgrade on the portable music stand, consider a sturdy Manhasset.
A rack for the music stand is the perfect place to store pencils, markers, sticky tabs, and much more.
Because it’s impossible to have too many writing implements, a pack of mechanical pencils makes a great stocking stuffer. If you want to buy a fancy pencil, this one would make a nice gift. I also like using erasable colored pencils.
Of course you can download a metronome app, but the real thing sounds so much better. Metronomes can range in price from the expensive Dr. Beat to the inexpensive QT-5, which is the size of a credit card. The QT-5 has a high electronic beep that is not good for flutists, so I don’t recommend that one. My favorite is the Seiko SQ50-V because it has a pleasant woodblock sound and the volume can be loud if you need it. The metronome apps have a lot of useful features, but I don’t always want a phone in the practice room with me so a real metronome is helpful.
In these dark days, it’s helpful to have extra light for the music. A clip-on book light attaches easily to the music stand. I have a Mighty Bright 44812, I and like that it has a rechargable battery.
Maybe it’s time to upgrade your flute bag. A tote bag is helpful for carrying music to and from lessons. Many of my students like a shoulder strap bag for their flutes too. With one of these bags, the cleaning cloth can be stored in the outer pocket. There’s room for a pencil too.
The Flute Book: A Complete Guide for Students and Performers by Nancy Toff is a comprehensive tome that covers everything from the history of flute making to repertoire. It’s also expensive so put this on the list for Grandma. 😉
Put a few fun music books on your Christmas list. Perhaps you are a Harry Potter fan or love Disney movies. Even if you never play this music on a recital, familiar tunes are great for sightreading. Choose something that you love and that will make you excited to pick up your flute.
Every intermediate-advanced student will need a copy of Modern Guide to Fingerings for the Flute by James J. Pellerite. It’s the flutist’s dictionary of fingerings for every combination of tremolos, trills, and multiphonics.
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