Music Major Graduation Gifts – Instrumentalists

The world of a musician or collegiate music major is often foreign and strange to those outside of the profession.  Parents, family and friends are often at a loss as to what graduation gifts might be most useful to high school graduates who plan to major in music, or college graduates pursuing music as a profession.   The members of our knowledgeable staff at Stanton’s have all been in their shoes, and we recommend these gifts (in a variety of price ranges) we could have used when we graduated!

For the high school graduates becoming instrumental music majors:

The A to Z of Foreign Musical Terms by Christine Ammer (4469)…………$10.75

The more a to z of foreign musical termsadvanced a student becomes, the more often they will be using upper level music that is often published overseas.  While standard music terms can be found in a traditional music dictionary, some instructions and descriptions will be written in the composers’ native languages.  This resource lists the terms most commonly found in French, Spanish, Italian, German, Latin and Portuguese scores.

The Musician’s Practice Planner by Molto/Leonard (00311358)……………$9.99

musicians practice plannerStudents are often a little shocked when they find out that they will be spending much more time in the practice room than they did in high school, (most collegiate teachers expect at least 3 hours/day) and staying organized is key.  This easy-to-use 8 “x 11” spiral-bound book has two full pages devoted to each lesson. Designed to make lessons more enjoyable and efficient, it is used as an assignment book by teachers and as a practice log by students.

Trying to check items off your instrumental studio list? Stanton’s carries a full line of standard method books, etude books and solo repertoire! Visit www.stantons.com or give us a call – we’re sure we can help you find what you need! Oh, and don’t forget – Music Majors get a 10% Discount off most methods, etude books, and solos!!!

bach beethoven and the boysBach, Beethoven and the Boys: Music History As It Ought To Be Taught (0980916713)………………………………………………………………………………$17.95
If It Ain’t Baroque…More Music History As It Ought To Be Taught (0987849281)………………………………………………………………………………$15.95
Accidentals on Purpose: A Musician’s Dictionary (0980916720)………………………………………………………………………………$15.95

Just for fun, we offer a wealth of musical humor writings by David W. Barber.  The more educated the reader, the more fun they will have with Barber’s dry wit and knackfor putting musicians in their place.  Click here to see all of the author’s offerings.

For the First Year Band Director:

Handy Manual Fingering Charts by Clarence Hendrickson (O3876)………….$8.50

fingering chartsYou’re not alone – no one remembers all those fingerings for the bassoon they learned in a methods class 3 years ago!  That’s probably why we’ve never met a band or orchestra teacher who didn’t own at least one of these convenient little reference guides.  It includes fingering charts for all woodwind, brass and string instruments as well as drum rudiments, a transposition chart and ranges.  A must-have!

Instrument Repair for the Music Teacher by Burton Stanley (286)………$22.95

instrument repairThis concise guide for the band director covers the basics of woodwind and brass maintenance and repair. Topics include: changing pads, springs and key regulation for woodwinds, and caring for piston valves, rotary valves, and basic soldering for brasses. Although Stanton’s recommends maintenance and major repair through your local instrument dealer or selected repair shop, this book addresses basic fixes and can get you (and your student) out of a jam.

The Music Teacher’s First Year by Elizabeth Peterson (00317210)…………..$19.95

music teachers first yearFrom a first-year teacher whose instruments were stolen before entering his building, to a teacher who received “hate mail” before her first day, to a teacher whose sensitivity, flexibility and insight gained her the respect of her ensemble in only weeks, this collection of true stories from first-year teachers is a delightful description of their real world. In addition, each chapter includes discussion questions for pre-service and young teachers as they prepare for their teaching future.

Helpful Starting Places for Repertoire:
Teaching Music through Performance in Beginning Band, Vol. 1 (G5337)……..$39.50
Teaching Music through Performance in Middle School Band (G8871)………….$49.95
Teaching Music through Performance in Band, Vol. 1 (G4484)……………………..$53.50

Visit the Marching Band and Concert Band pages  for complete music resources, programming ideas, and more! Also, be sure to give your graduate Stanton’s phone number: 1-800-42-MUSIC, ext. 2! Our staff is a great resource with music knowledge, teaching experience, and full of ideas. Be sure to ask for Ken – he is a former band director who loves working with (helping?) new teachers!

Ken Tilger is a former band director, and has been with Stanton’s since 2004. He is excited to have finally seen Sesame Street Live! He also enjoys comic books, amusement parks, and plays saxophone with Swing’s the Thing Big Band.

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