Some Potential Christmas Gifts for the Music Educator


It is December 3rd, just a couple days away from St. Nicholas Eve, where a Wisconsin tradition (going back to roots in Germany) has children put their lists to Santa in their stockings, so that Santa can stop by and get their lists, and leave them candy and small toys OR coal, with coal being a warning to get their act together so that Christmas can still be “good.”

I like that tradition.

So…if you have a music educator in your life, what kinds of Christmas gifts could you get them?

  1. If you have a bit of money available, I would suggested a used iPad Pro 12.9″ device–the 128GB or 256GB versions (stay away from the 32GB model).  Make sure that you pay no more than $700 for a 128GB ($850 for the cell version) or $850 for the 256GB version ($925 for the cell version).  A device refresh is coming up [likely in March], so I would not buy a new one.  If you buy from someone in person, make sure that you can log into the iPad and register it to you before handing over cash.  Since iOS 8, if “Find my iPhone” is enabled on a device, you cannot register it again until that setting is removed.  Sometimes sellers don’t know this–and sometimes they are selling stolen items.  Again…make sure everything works before handing over those hundred dollar bills!
  2. If your music educator already owns an iPad Pro (12.9″ or 9.7″), get them an Apple Pencil ($100).  They will not be disappointed.
  3. If your music educator is on the iOS platform, an iTunes Gift Card is always a nice gift.
  4. Take a look at the JamStik ($299) as a bluetooth MIDI guitar interface, or the CME XKey Air ($199) bluetooth MIDI piano interface.
  5. If you know someone that does recording on an iPad, consider an external microphone, such as the Blue Snowball ($50), the Shure MV5 ($100), the Blue Mikey ($90), or the Shure MV88 ($150).
  6. The ukulele has brought a lot of joy into my life, while we are buying Caramel ukuleles for our school, they will never arrive in time for Christmas.  I would suggest the Outdoor Ukulele Tenor models ($150) for a ukulele that literally can go anywhere; or for a high quality, low priced ukulele, I love all of the products at Mainland Ukuleles ($200-$400).  I am particularly fond of the Cedar/Redwood Tenor.  If you buy a Mainland, make sure to order a case and a humidifier, as solid wood ukuleles require basic maintenance with humidity; I also suggest getting 2 shoulder straps on any Concert or larger ukulele (one on the bottom, one on the heel–although Outdoor Ukulele installs them elsewhere), and if you plan on amplifying your ukulele, order a pickup with the instrument.  The Outdoor Ukulele only has one option; order a MiSi with the Mainland if you choose to buy a pickup.

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