for Music Students
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Instrument Stand - Relatively
cheap, and very good for the student. It allows the instrument to stay assembled
throughout the day, so that students can conveniently practice with minimal
- Instrument Case - Protec cases are a very popular item at the stores this
- Metronome - Students really need these anyway. Buy one as a Christmas gift
and kill two birds with one stone! Electronic ones are the best deal.
- Instrument Mouthpiece - Makes that student instrument
sound like new. Not good as a surprise, though. Students need to try them first.
- Keyboard - cheap electronic keyboard instruments are remarkably versatile
and interesting. Yamaha and Casio models feature automatic one-key chording for songs.
Circuit City carries them for as low as $100.00. Students learn in Master Theory how to
use them effectively.
- Play-Along Music Book - Boykins has tons of
these in stock for all instruments. The best ones are published by Hal Leonard.
- Richard Stoltzman: Hark! - The world's most noted
clarinetist has a fabulous Christmas album spanning classical, jazz, new age, latin...you
name it. (RCA 09026-61272-2)
- Kenny G.: Miracles, Faith - Even if you don't care for
mainstream Kenny G., it's hard not to like these albums. To my knowledge, they are the
best selling Christmas albums of all time. They also have familiar christmas songs being
played in keys where a young instrumentalist could learn to play along by ear. (Arista
- Don Byron: Bug Musik - Jazz's edgiest clarinetist offers a
lighthearted collection of pieces by John Kirby, Raymond Scott and Duke Ellington. Also
featured is former Richmond alto saxophonist Steve Wilson. This is one of the tastiest
instrumental CD's I've ever bought. (Nonesuch 79438-2)
- Books on Music:
- Classical Music for Dummies (IDG Books)
- Making Music For the Joy Of It, by Stephanie Judy (Putnam)