Graduation gift?

said: Feb 9, 2007
7 posts

I have a high school senior who has been accepted in piano at the University of her choice, and is rapidly finishing up her work in my studio. She was been with me ten years and her Senior Recital in June will be a great celebration! I want to give her an appropriate gift to recognize her achievement and mark her graduation. I would really appreciate suggestions from you all. Thanks

Kirsten said: Feb 9, 2007
103 posts

Could you take her to a concert and/or out to dinner, just the two of you?
She might really enjoy hearing about your own university or conservatory days, telling you about the classes she plans to take, and grilling you with questions. There is never enough time for that in a piano lesson.


said: Feb 18, 2007
7 posts

Thanks for your reply. As a matter of fact, we have a good relationship established along these lines; super suggestions.
Does anyone else have any ideas please? Thanks!

Connie Sunday said: Feb 18, 2007
Connie SundayViolin, Piano, Viola
667 posts


Thanks for your reply. As a matter of fact, we have a good relationship established along these lines; super suggestions.
Does anyone else have any ideas please? Thanks!

Maybe a subscription to a keyboard periodical. Or a music dictionary, or a metronome. The Harvard Dictionary is nice; if she’s going to college, she’ll appreciate it, I’m sure. Girls like a compact and earrings, too, if you’ve known them sufficiently long, and known their family.

Harvard Dictionary:


Free Handouts for Music Teachers & Students:

Rachel Schott said: Feb 18, 2007
Rachel SchottViolin
Harrogate, TN
127 posts

It might be nice to frame a picture of the two of you at an early recital, if you have one (I bet her parents do!). Perhaps you can have it matted ’scrapbook style’ with old programs or newspaper clippings, or other momentos of your time together.

A friend received as a graduation gift a keychain that included a quarter (with a hole drilled in it), and a laminated card with her teacher’s phone number so she would always have a way to call her if she needed to.

Congratulations on your success as a teacher. You must be very proud. ;-)

said: Feb 19, 2007
 32 posts

I have been following this thread, and then last night it hit me:

Please, be careful in this area! I am hearing about how special this student is and such, and looking for just the right gift is important. Then last night a flash occurred about an area teacher who (thankfully) retired a number of years ago. She would give very special gifts to graduating seniors, but only some of them. (The criteria for being on the receiving end wasn’t always clear.) This was very hurtful to the others.

I think we need to treat all of our students equally. Just because this one has progressed so well on her instrument, and is going into music, etc, shouldn’t make her any more special than the others who are graduating high school.

Now, if the family would like to take you out in recognition of all you have done for their daughter, that is entirely different. But, as much as you want to recognize this one student, proceed with caution.

said: Feb 19, 2007
7 posts

Dear Teachers,
Thank you so much for your suggestions and ideas! I appreciate your words of caution, Perky, and I will definitely be careful about what precedents I set. Thanks for the gift ideas….they are great.

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