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9 Music-Related Gifts

Music-related gifts are a great choice for loved ones of all ages and experience levels. This is because they support a hobby that’s good for both the body and mind.

Keep in mind that musical gifts are not just for those who have already declared their interest in music. So many people have said to me, “I wish I could play a musical instrument.” Sometimes the only reason they never did is because it never occurred to them to pursue it.

Giving them something that encourages them to make music would be a great gift that could potentially change their entire life for the better!

Something you won’t see on this list: Non-musical items that just have musical decor, such as a shirt with a music-related design on it, or treble clef earrings. Plenty of musicians have and enjoy such things, but this post is about gifts that actually enhance one’s musical experience, as opposed to simply declaring their music fandom.

I hope the list below helps you find the perfect gift!

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1. Instruments

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Obviously the first thing one needs in order to make music is something to make music on! I’ve already written an entire post specifically on inexpensive instruments that make great gifts, so if you’re thinking about gifting an instrument to someone, be sure to read 10 Fun and Inexpensive Instruments

2. Music Books

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There are so many fantastic books about music, both fiction and nonfiction. I’ve already written an article on some of the top music books I recommend, and I foresee writing many more similar articles. If you’re considering gifting a music book, check out 12 Music-Related Books.

3. Sheet Music

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I’m one of those musicians who can never have enough sheet music to play. It’s perhaps a bit of a problem. That said, sheet music or music scores can be a really great gift for your instrumentalist friends.

One of the best gifts I’ve received was Debussy’s Ultimate Piano Collection. I’m always looking through it and discovering another awesome piece of his that I hadn’t previously experienced.

You can also find music that relates to something your friend is already interested in. For example, one time I bought a video game-loving friend a book of a Super Mario music. Another popular one is the music by Yann Tiersen, much of which was in the film Amélie.

There’s also a free, or almost free, option, if the person you’re buying for likes classical music. Simply go on imslp.org and download anything that’s in the public domain! I’ve done this as a gift before; I downloaded the piece, printed it out, and put it in a folder before presenting it to my friend. Instant (inexpensive) gift!

You’ll find more ideas on how to find sheet music in my Sight-Reading: Finding Music post.

4. Music Software

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There’s a lot of music-specific software available to supplement one’s music-making. From music-related games to software for recording and making digital music.

If they’re into composing, for example, notation software could be a wonderful gift. The one I use is Sibelius. These days many of the software companies, including Avid which owns Sibelius, offer memberships so you can pre-pay a certain number of months of membership, depending on your budget.

5. Music Education

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Another great way to add music to someone’s life is to go ahead and purchase music lessons for them. If you want them to have lessons in person, this means doing some research online to find a good teacher nearby, then contacting them to see if they can accommodate your needs.

But these days with the internet there are more options than just in-person lessons. In fact, the options for online music resources are virtually endless. Like the sheet music category, this is one that could cost money or be potentially free.

For example, Coursera.org is a free educational resource on tons of different subjects. Perhaps as a gift you could do the research to find exactly the right course your friend or loved one needs to take to continue their music journey. Sometimes not knowing where to start is the only thing holding them back!

You could also purchase them a subscription or membership to an educational program. For example, if they’re interested in digital music-making and recording, how about a Groove3 membership? That website is jam packed with information to help anyone up their game on tons of different programs.

You could even download, print out, and give them the Piecewise Practice Planner, which I created to help musicians plan their practice more efficiently than ever before. I know plenty of musicians who could benefit from such a gift!

6. Music Recordings

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This one’s not really very far outside the box; When thinking about getting a gift for a musician probably music recordings is one of the more predictable choices. But what makes these gifts special is picking out exactly the right artist or composer for your friend or loved one.

First find out what kind of music they’re already interested in, and what artists they like. Then try to supplement that with new music they may not have found on their own!

If you’re not sure how to find something they may not already know about, there are many ways online to do this. With websites like Pandora you can enter a specific musician or music style and it will play various similar pieces of music that fit the criteria. This way you’ll end up with a whole list of music to choose from!

7. Musical Equipment and Accessories

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It can be a great growing experience for a musician to record themselves playing and listen to the recording. Of course they can do this on a smartphone, but some might prefer a high quality microphone to use instead.

I sometimes use this Blue Snowball iCE Condenser Mic and find it to be much nicer than what my smartphone can do. A decent pair of headphones is another option.

Of course there are also various music accessories such as instrument stands, music stands, guitar picks, guitar straps, adjustable piano benches, but you’ll have to do your research and figure out what the person in question actually needs. (Hint: If they don’t have an adjustable piano bench, they need one!)

8. Tickets to Live Events

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Although it takes some planning, tickets to live concerts or events are an awesome way to bring music into someone’s life. So many people live in places with great symphonies and opera houses and have never even attended a single performance!

If you’re worried about the cost, check to see whether they have any discounted ticket options. Often you can buy tickets on the day of a performance at a greatly reduced price (although this means the “present” you give them will be a promise to go to the concert as obviously you won’t have literal tickets to present to them).

There are also cool music workshops and retreats, such as this Icicle Creek piano retreat. Often we don’t think to splurge on such things for ourselves, but they can be wonderful, life-changing experiences for sure.

9. Learn or Compose A Piece for Them

Often a gift we make is much more meaningful than one we just went out and bought. Learning or composing a piece of music is a wonderful way to show someone how much you care about them.

If there’s a specific piece or song you know they really like, learning it for them in secret and then performing it for them can be a wonderful surprise!

Or if you feel up for it, you can compose a piece for yourself to play and perform it for them and/or give them a recording. It might be even more special to write out the sheet music for them to play for themselves! Then whenever they practice that piece, they’ll think of you!

I hope this has helped you think of some music-related gifts to spread the love of music to your friends and loved ones. Let me know what you think of my ideas, or add your own, in the comments below!

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Heidi has been involved in music in one way or another for most of her life. She studied music composition in college, has taught piano, voice, composition, ear training, and guitar, and has worked as a piano tuner and technician. Before the pandemic she loved playing concerts at retirement communities, bringing the joy of music to those populations. She is currently working on learning more about the connection between music and healing.

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