Need a gift for the piano player in your life? Here are six great ideas from St. Augustine, FL teacher Heather L. that are sure to make him or her happy..
Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and Christmas are right around the corner. And as if finding original gift ideas isn’t tough enough as it is, thinking of gifts for piano players can be even tougher. But rest assured, there’s so much fun stuff that we could use on a daily basis. Here are six of the best holiday gifts for the piano players in your life.
Seiko DM01 Credit Card Metronome
List Price $25.99
Metronomes are handy devices that most musicians, especially pianists, use every day. They sound a consistent beat of your own setting. This super-lightweight metronome, small enough to carry in your purse, backpack, even your pocket, has a ton of features. The LCD display features a beep sound, too, with seven different rhythms and time signatures. Perfect for any pianist from late beginner level to advanced, Seiko’s tiny device is big on versatility and user-friendliness.
Hal Leonard “The Best Songs Ever”
List Price $24.99
Seventy-two classic songs arranged for piano, guitar, and voice are packed into one great volume. John Lennon’s “Imagine”, “What a Wonderful World”, and “Candle in the Wind” are only a few of five decades’ worth of popular tunes that you’ll find. Any pianist will find himself buried in this book for hours.
Behringer HPX4000 DJ Headphones
List Price $29.99
Oftentimes, a piano player needs headphones for times when he wants extra focus, when he plays in a house or apartment without a lot of sound insulation, and when he records. Behringer is a well-respected company that makes durable, ruggedly constructed products for the serious musician. This set simply plugs into the earphone/headphone input in his keyboard with the help of the included adapter, and your keyboardist has his own mini closed studio.
CME Xkey Portable Keyboard
List Price $129.99
Though it has a traditional key layout, this MIDI keyboard is anything but traditional. Under each key and button, highly sensitive sensors connect to a circuit board with “high processing power.” Thin and light, it can fit into a standard backpack. This is a perfect keyboard for the on-the-go, tech-loving, recording keyboardist.
ProLine PL1250 Keyboard Bench
List Price $111.99
Sitting for long practice sessions just got a little easier with ProLine’s PL1250 memory foam bench. Tear-resistant vinyl, adjustable height, and a reinforced steel structure are great features to have on a bench that your pianist plans on keeping for a long time.
Yamaha PSR-E243 Keyboard
List Price $79.99
The PSR-E243 has 61 keys, great sound and it can even interface with your iPad, iPod, or iPhone. You can record your or your child’s progress with a feature called My Music Recorder. All this and almost 400 voice and a hundred accompaniments make this entry level portable keyboard a great buy.
Please note that the prices listed above are list prices, that is, manufacturer’s suggested retail prices. Plenty of your local brick-and-mortar and online music retailers will have these on sale. In the end, perhaps the best gift for piano players is a package of lessons with a great teacher, or an extension of their current lessons. Whether you choose to give lessons or one of the great gifts listed above, your pianist will be enjoying herself well beyond the holidays.
Heather L. teaches singing, piano, acting, and more in St. Augustine, FL, as well as through online lessons. She is a graduate of the prestigious Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey, and has performed with the New York and Royal Philharmonics, the New Jersey and Virginia Symphonies, the American Boy Choir, and the internationally renowned opera star Andrea Bocelli. Learn more about Heather here!
Main photo by Bo Insogna, TheLightningMan.com