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Musical Gifts for Kids - what to buy for a 6-7 year-old

Posted by Jim Burger on Dec 5, 2014

 

These days, it's pretty well understood that making music makes kids smarter. That's why so many parents (like you) are interested in buying musical gifts for their little ones during the holidays. But with so many choices out there, what's the right thing to buy? In this series of articles, we'll attempt to give you a few ideas of what might be appropriate for different age children as they start their journey through the world of music...
What Musical Instruments are Appropriate for 6-7 Year-Olds?
So your child has finally made it to school and is starting to act like a real person! What better way for a growing child to express their personality than through music? School-age kids are surrounded by new influences that shape their personality and interests. Now is the time to get started with a musical instrument!
What's the perfect gift for your 6-7 year-old? For starters, the most important thing to note is that there is no single answer to this question. The right instrument for your child depends on his or her personality, as well as on your taste as a parent. Try to think about what type of music, and what type of instrument, your child will enjoy playing most - an active, rambunctious child will probably go for drums or electric guitar, while a quiet, pensive child might prefer acoustic guitar or keyboard. Once you come up with an idea, there are lots of choices... at this age, kids are able to play just about any instrument!
Here are some of our top choices for 6- and 7-year-old musicians-to-be:

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Guitar Gifts - What to Buy for a Guitarist who has everything

Posted by Jim Burger on Nov 26, 2014

 

What is the perfect gift for a guitarist who has everything? Buying gifts for guitar players can be tough, especially if you're not a guitarist yourself. First of all, how do you know what to buy if you don't play? Secondly, it seems like most guitarists already own piles and piles of gear, so how do you find them something useful that they don't already have? Have no fear, dear reader... this article is here to give you some useful recommendations, so read on...
First of all, I'm going to assume that you're not looking to spend a bundle, so this article will focus on buying accessories and effects, not guitars or amps. Honestly, you should not buy an amp or guitar for a guitarist without discussing it with them first -- most are quite particular about what they want, so you need their input in order to buy those. But the great thing about guitar is that there are all kinds of cool doohickeys to go along with it. Many of them are sure to make a hit during the holidays. Here are some favorite gift ideas that should be suitable for (almost) any guitarist:

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Musical Instrument Gifts for Kids - what to buy for 4-5 year-olds

Posted by Jim Burger on Nov 24, 2014

 

These days, it's pretty well understood that making music makes kids smarter. That's why so many parents (like you) are interested in buying musical gifts for their little ones during the holidays. But with so many choices out there, what's the right thing to buy? In this series of articles, we'll attempt to give you a few ideas of what might be appropriate for different age children as they start their journey through the world of music...
What Musical Instruments are Appropriate for 4-5 Year-Olds?
Preschool is an extremely fun age! Kids are starting to develop a real personality. They are now able to socialize, show motor coordination and generally want to have a good time. Music is the perfect pursuit for any preschooler, not only because it can stimulate them mentally, physically and socially, but also because it sure beats the heck out of video games!
What's the perfect musical gift for your preschooler? For starters, the most important thing to note is that there is no single answer to this question. The right instrument for your child depends on his or her personality, as well as on your taste as a parent. The increased motor coordination of the pre-school age, as well as the end of the tendency to put things in one's mouth, makes the age of 4-5 a perfect time to start experimenting with almost any type of musical instrument.
At this age, you don't want to rule any type of instrument out. What's most important is that your child enjoy playing music on whatever instrument you choose for them. If a positive relationship with music starts at an early age, it can last a lifetime.
So based on what you know about your child, you should decide -- a rambunctious youngster may prefer to start out beating a drumset or perhaps jamming on an electric guitar. Children who are more pensive or calm might prefer an acoustic guitar, some kind of flute or recorder, or a little piano. Remember, what's most important is that the child enjoys the experience.
Here are some of our top choices for 4- and 5-year-old musicians-to-be:

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Musical Instrument Gifts for Kids - what to buy for 2-3 year-olds

Posted by Jim Burger on Nov 22, 2014

 

These days, it's pretty well understood that making music makes kids smarter. That's why so many parents (like you) are interested in buying musical gifts for their little ones during the holidays. But with so many choices out there, what's the right thing to buy? In this series of articles, we'll attempt to give you a few ideas of what might be appropriate for different age children as they start their journey through the world of music...
What Musical Instruments are Appropriate for 2-3 Year-Olds?
Toddlerhood is a great age! Already having mastered walking and experimenting with verbiage, kids at this age the cutest thing as they start experimenting with the world around them. This may be the perfect age to start exposing your child to the world of music!
What's the perfect gift for your toddler? For starters, the most important thing to note is that there is no single answer to this question. The right instrument for your child depends on his or her personality, as well as on your taste as a parent. Bearing that in mind, however, it is a fact that there are some instruments that are simply inappropriate for a small child. A toddler won't be able to play sophisticated instruments, and in addition there are some that might just be dangerous in a small child's hands.
Based on our experience over the years, it's best to start little kids off with simple percussion instruments, little keyboards, or basic stringed instruments.
For small children, percussion instruments are probably the easiest to use -- it only involves keeping a rhythm, so you don't encounter the possible frustrations involved with hitting the wrong note. But even choosing percussion instruments should be done carefully at this age -- you don't want a small child waving wooden drumsticks around!
We also get asked all the time about guitars for kids as young as age 2. Toddlers may be fascinated by the guitar, but in all honesty, they are still too young. Even the smallest guitars are too large, and playing guitar takes coordination that kids this age lack. But if you want a fun substitute, there's always a ukulele, which looks the same and is much easier to fool around with. Plus, ukes are cheaper and come in lots of great colors!
Here are some of our top choices for 2- and 3-year-old musicians-to-be:

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Pandora boss reveals some figures

Posted by Jim Burger on Oct 17, 2012

 

Here's an interesting article on Pandora radio, and how it is doing for the artists whose music gets airplay. I have to admit, the numbers don't mean all that much to me without being able to compare to other channels. If, as he says, Pandora accounts for 6.53% of all radio listening in the US, that's pretty huge -- considering how many radio stations there are, online and off, I can't imagine that Pandora really takes that large of a share.

His numbers would also suggest that, if Pandora is really paying more than other radio stations, Oscar Peterson's estate is making only about $100k per year from airplay, which seems pretty unfair to me. Or maybe that's just because jazz is never lucrative.

Anyhow, I think what Pandora and Spotify are doing is great, I hope that they can figure out a way to make money without screwing the artists too bad...

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