No idea what to buy the music student in your life?
Don’t you worry, I can help.
I know shopping for Christmas presents, birthday presents, etc. can be a frustrating experience, because you want to find the perfect gift at the right price.
And that is not always easy.
So I’ve made a list of 5 perfect music gifts for students, all of them inexpensive. Even if you don’t think any of these gifts would appeal to your student, seeing these ideas will almost certainly awaken even more ideas within you.
By the time you get to the bottom of this page, you will either have the perfect gift or you will, at the very least, be much closer to having it.
Inexpensive Music Gifts For Students
A Metronome For Musicians
Any musician, student or not, could use a good metronome and this one from Tampi is a great choice. It looks great, is incredibly flexible and is quite inexpensive. A metronome like this helps establish accurate musical timing so that the student can play or sing at a proper pace.
This metronome doesn’t use batteries and gets about 20 minutes from one wind-up. Choose any tempo between 20 and 208 beats per minute and either a 0, 2, 3, 4 or 6 beat bell. Inside the metronome are durable steel gears; the outside is plastic with a gorgeous veneer, depending on the color you choose. 4 are available: black, white, mahogany or teak.
The Tempi metronome is great for any skill level, especially students. It is so simple to use that it is perfect for children, too. It comes with a free e-book and a micro fiber cleaning cloth. It is covered by a 2-year warranty.
This book is billed as “the fastest, clearest way to get to know your scales, and then master them.” And Scales Bootcamp lives up to that.
It details a revolutionary way to teach scales. This new edition contains full-color fingering diagrams that are as clear as possible. Tons of mini challenges make practicing scales fun and lead students on a journey to mastery. They revel in each achievement and improve constantly and consistently.
Scales Bootcamp was devised by Philip Johnston, who is one of the best-known writers and thinkers in musical education. He has written several other educational books and has a website as well. This book is one of the best gift ideas for music students, but his other works are great as well.
Sheet Music Stand
Any student will eventually need a good sheet music stand. Most start with something cheap and flimsy, but who wants to buy cheap music gits for students they love and care about. No, you want to give your musician a high-quality stand like the Manhasset Model #48.
The model #48 is the most popular of all Manhasset’s stands and is used by more schools than all other stands combined. One reason for this is that it is the longest lasting and most durable stand on the market.
The desk is made from lightweight, but sturdy aluminum with a glare-free black finish that is baked on, to resist chipping and scratching. The stand has a heavy-duty chrome inner shaft and the base is made from heavy-gauge welded steel.
The stand measures 20 by 12.5 inches at the desk and the height varies from 26 to 48 inches from the floor to the lip. The maximum overall height is 60.5 inches. It has a knobless tilt neck that provides constant tension and a counterbalanced “Magic Finger Clutch” for a one-hand friction grip.
Music Book Mark and Page Holder
If your student already has a stand, he or should could really use this gold clip music book mark and page holder. It is made for music books, but works for cookbooks, textbooks and all kinds of manuals as well.
This book mark is made from 18-gauge tempered steel, which is plated with 24 carat gold. It has been hand-polished until it shines with a bright yellow-gold finish. It is entirely made in the USA.
A music book mark holds your song book open and keeps it flat at the same time, so that you can keep your hands free to play your instrument. This book mark and page holder comes in a jewel case, making it a one of the best Christmas gifts for music students as well as a great present for any other occasion.
All students could use manuscript paper like the Hal Leonard Standard Wire-bound Manuscript Paper. The one pictured here comes with a green cover, which is the most popular, but it is also available with red or aqua covers. You can buy a bundle of 5, as well, and save a bit of money over buying them all individually.
This is a wire-bound book that contains 96 pages. Each page has 12 staves and is the standard 8.5 by 11 inch size. You also get a music notation guide, which is what makes this particular manuscript paper one of the smartest music gift ideas for students.
One small complaint I would have is that the pages aren’t perforated, but they are still fairly easy to remove from the booklet. Apart from that, the paper is clearly high quality, which is great considering the low price. That price is also why I can forgive the lack of perforation—I’m sure adding that feature would bump up the cost considerably. Hal Leonard is a leader in musical publications for a reason.
If the student for whom you are shopping is a violinist, we have an article with gits specifically for them. We also have one for guitarists and another for singers. And if you’re a student looking to buy something for their teacher, head here. Finally, we have gift guides for producers and for songwriters.