Holiday Gifts for Students

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Catherine said: Nov 10, 2012
Catherine Mikelson
Suzuki Association Member
Cello
8 posts

Hi everyone!

We’re heading into the holiday season and I am beginning to think about an end of the year gift for my students. I haven’t given gifts in the past, but a story told by a friend of mine has prompted me to. He told me that when he was growing up and was learning the violin, his teacher would give everyone a violin related gift for the holidays. They were all homemade and had a teaching purpose behind them. The one he remembers the most was a special dice that had a different kind of fabric/material on each side of it. One side had velvet, another silk, another sandpaper, etc. The students were meant to roll the dice and play a review piece with tone that matched the fabric.

I love that idea, and am thinking about doing it myself this year. Does anyone have any other ideas for special practice related gifts?

Barbara Lamb said: Nov 10, 2012
Barbara LambViolin, Suzuki in the Schools, Bass, Cello, Viola
Eden Prairie, MN
7 posts

I would recommend Magic rosin. If you haven’t heard about it, it is a great product, perhaps the best rosin out there. It is made only of pine resin, no hardeners, colors or other additives. You can even get a rosin that says, “book I is done.” The design is in the bottom of the clear rosin and doesn’t effect the rosin at all. There are also sparkles and wonderful colors.
 3 sizes are available, small, medium and large, reasonably price and very affordable. The rosin can be used on all strings, violin, viola, cello and bass. Go to the website and see the many different designs available

Barb Lamb

Barbara Lamb

Barbara Lamb said: Nov 10, 2012
Barbara LambViolin, Suzuki in the Schools, Bass, Cello, Viola
Eden Prairie, MN
7 posts

You can use this code to log on to the Magic Rosin site to get your holiday gifts.

http://magicrosin.refr.cc/K4FDPZT

Barb Lamb

Barbara Lamb

Sue Hunt said: Nov 11, 2012
Sue Hunt
Suzuki Association Member
Viola, Violin
390 posts

I will give a pack of Christmas Practice Games (with some highly specific practice tasks).

I’m looking forward to the first lesson in January, as I am telling everyone that what I want for Christmas this year, is for my students to play one game every day during the holiday.

Much as I love chocolate and bubble bath, what really makes me happy is when students come prepared for their first lesson of the term.

Sarah said: Nov 12, 2012
 Violin
Norfolk, VA
3 posts

I make gifts for my students every year. Favorites have been instrument/case tags and ornaments. These are often personalized with student’s name, phrases from pieces they are working on and the year. Use your creativity with these supplies: metallic markers, star glitter, music manuscript wrapping paper, holiday ribbon with music notes/jingle bells/stars, clear/silver/gold ornaments, star cookie cutters, blank luggage tags,…..

Carol Gwen said: Nov 12, 2012
Carol Gwen Kiefer
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Viola
Washington Crossing, PA
75 posts

Wish I had time to make gifts, I’d love to do it!
I’ve purchased small music gifts, from folding fans the kids can color (opening the left hand like a fan) to fun music folders with composers or theory signs and symbols my students use for supplemental music.
Oriental trading, Amazon, Music in Motion, there are plenty of others (Google it) plus the big online instrument stores have “gifts.”
The ubiquitous pencil in musical designs makes a good gift for those kids who never have one at lesson or orchestra…

Barb said: Nov 15, 2012
Barb Ennis
Suzuki Association Member
Cello
678 posts

I usually just give a card, but try to also give a Christmas party (with cello playing the main activity—opportunity for solos and a lot of group playing).

Barb
Music Teachers Helper—for individual teachers
Studio Helper—for entire music studios or schools

Anita Knight said: Nov 18, 2012
Anita Knight
Suzuki Association Member
Violin
Kent, WA
19 posts

Great Christmas gift ideas, everyone!
I’ve put up a small studio Christmas tree with an assortment of ornaments, including (of course) musical ones. At the last lesson before Christmas, each student picks their favorite, then brings it over to me to sign & date as a memory item.

Anita Knight
“Joyful Sound Violin Studio”

Sarah said: Nov 19, 2012
 Violin
Norfolk, VA
3 posts

Anita, I love this idea. Simple and meaningful.

Barb said: Nov 19, 2012
Barb Ennis
Suzuki Association Member
Cello
678 posts

Yes, I love that idea, too, Anita! Thanks everyone, for sharing your ideas.

Barb
Music Teachers Helper—for individual teachers
Studio Helper—for entire music studios or schools

Catherine said: Nov 19, 2012
Catherine Mikelson
Suzuki Association Member
Cello
8 posts

Thanks for all of the great suggestions. Anita, I love the ornament idea. The magic rosin looks fun, too. It’s pricey for gifts for a full studio, but I would love to use it for milestones. I have a student doing a Book 1A recital soon, and making a personalized rosin would be a great way to congratulate her.

Wendy Caron Zohar said: Nov 20, 2012
Wendy Caron Zohar
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Viola
Ann Arbor, MI
94 posts

For many years I have given gifts to my students that I either made by hand, or carefully selected, that had something to do with violin, or were aids to practicing. For example, one year I gave music stand shelf attachments, where they could keep their pencils and small items. Another year I gave clips that helped them hold their pages open, and attached to their stands. Another year I made page markers with colorful paper clips that could be used as place holders in their etude and supplementary books. One year I gave sturdy music bags for carrying their music books to lessons. One year I composed favorite holiday tunes in duet form for early learners to be able to play along with a more advanced player, a parent, or teacher, on the melody line. It was fun to use during the last lessons before the holidays, and for the students at home during vacation. I do not hand out cards, candy, or other such gifts, and I ask that students refrain from giving me gifts of sweets, cookies, etc. though I have appreciated when some students made cards by hand with a simple message thanking me, and a drawing! Most of all, I let them know that what I would like is their best efforts at returning from their winter holiday refreshed, with pieces prepared, and ready to play up a storm in January!

Wendy Caron Zohar

Sue Hunt said: Nov 21, 2012
Sue Hunt
Suzuki Association Member
Viola, Violin
390 posts

Yay Wendy. I think that the best Christmas present that students can give is to have practiced every day over the Christmas holiday. My young (and not quite so young) students are more than happy to practice, when it becomes a game. It is such a treat to start the new year, ready to leap ahead, without having to relearn everything.

Now it takes around 400 CORRECT repetitions for the average 4 year old to learn a skill, to the level of conscious competence. In my experience, if a student skips one day, he looses about 50% of everything that hasn’t reached the stage of unconscious competence. Two days and a total of 75% has been lost. At the next practice, he has the demotivating experience of having to relearn the greater part of what he practiced. Scary, isn’t it.

Just a little practice a day can make all the difference. I personally believe in doing as many extra miles as it takes, to keep them practicing during this busy and exciting holiday.

Barb said: Dec 8, 2012
Barb Ennis
Suzuki Association Member
Cello
678 posts

Just thought I’d pass on the magic rosin sale info… their regular price is a bit pricey for an entire studio. (When I got mine—the small ones—they were on sale and I have a small studio.) If they have any Christmas designs left they are really cute!

Everything in stock is 30% off for one week. We are clearing inventory, discontinuing the current small size and making manufacturing changes. So we’re selling out our current inventory before setting up to make more rosin with new molds and new packaging at the beginning of the year.
Orders will ship next business day.

At checkout, use coupon code

hugedecsale


Barb
Music Teachers Helper—for individual teachers
Studio Helper—for entire music studios or schools

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