To follow up on the Forum Q&A post about gifts for students, here are some photos of the Christmas cookies I gave out to my students this year:
Here’s what I gave my students for Christmas this year:
A Symphony chocolate bar, and a personalized glass ornament.
I found the glass ornaments at a craft store (Hobby Lobby). On each ornament, I wrote the student’s name and “2011” on the ornament using a paint pen. I put colorful confetti and pieces of old sheet music inside each ornament. I thought they turned out cute!
For my adult students, I bought music dictionaries. The A to Z of Foreign Musical Terms is my favorite music dictionary. I don’t mind spending a little extra on the adult students to get something they would really use and appreciate. :)
After posting about the sheet music ornament star last week, I was inspired to dig around the web for other music-related crafts! There are tons of ways to recycle old sheet music (which you can often find at thrift stores, garage sales, auctions, and antique stores). Here’s a sampling of what I found! All links lead back to the original bloggers’/crafters’ websites. Click the photos to view them larger.
1. Sheet Music Garland | This fun garland is fast and easy, made by cutting out sheet music circles and sewing them together. It’s perfect for decorating a music room, fireplace mantel, or Christmas tree.
2. Sheet Music Light Switch Plates | Cover your plain light switch plates with sheet music to give the room a little zing!
3. Advent Calendar Cones | These sheet music cones can be used to stash Advent calendar goodies.
Someone on the “piano-teachers” Yahoo group forum brought this to my attention – the Better Homes and Gardens magazine’s website has instructions for a craft for making a sheet music Christmas ornament (picture on right). It looks like a wonderful way to make your Christmas tree a little more musical!
The star pattern allows you to choose from three different sized stars. The instructions for making this ornament suggest photocopying sheet music, which of course is not legal. I would instead suggest visiting imslp.org and printing off some sheet music that is in the public domain (or use some Christmas music linked to in this post). On the pattern, the solid lines indicate “mountain folds” (fold comes out toward you) and the dashed lines indicated “valley folds.” Once the folding is complete, punch a small hole and tie a small loop using gold thread to complete the ornament.
Click here to view the full instructions on the Better Homes and Gardens website.
Need ideas for what to give all your music students this year for Christmas or to reward them after a performance? Trying to stay within a budget? How about making grab bags full of music goodies! Your students are bound to be thrilled with this music-themed gift.
First, buy a package of cellophane favor bags – music-themed ones if you can. They are usually located in the party favors/decorations section at the store. Dollar stores often carry them as well. A good deal will cost from $1.00 to $3.50 for a package of 20 bags. If you cannot find favor bags, you can also use small gift bags – but it will probably cost you a little more. Continue reading “Making Grab Bag Gifts for Music Students”