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The Struggle is Real!
Are you struggling to come up with a unique, lasting gift that you can give your kids this Christmas? If so, I’ve got a great idea for you–this Christmas you should consider giving your kids the gift of MUSIC! Better yet, it’s a gift that is appropriate for a broad age range…from as young as about 6 all the way up to teenagers (and beyond…one of these days I hope to learn to play the banjo). Basically, you’re never too young or too old for music!
The Gift of Music
We’ve done this for our girls in the past and it was a success and is the “gift that keeps on giving”! A few years ago when our oldest daughter was 10 we got her a guitar because she had expressed an interest in playing. Learning an instrument is always a great idea…it’s an excellent way to expand their minds and give them the gift of a talent they could use for years to come, making them more well-rounded and confident. Eventually we also got her guitar lessons so she was able to learn some chords and even played songs around a campfire for her friends at one of her birthday parties. She took some time off from guitar when she started playing saxophone at school in band, but it helped give her a nice musical base and helped to develop her interest in music. Over Thanksgiving break she learned a song on her grandma’s piano and then when we got home she got out her guitar to brush up on that and play some tunes. She seems to have a renewed interest in her guitar again. I love that she has an interest in music and a variety of instruments!
Two years ago we got our middle daughter, who was 9 at the time, a ukulele for Christmas and she has enjoyed playing around on that and taking a few lessons. Ukulele’s are such fun instruments and they are pretty affordable. That was another great gift that I feel like she will use for years to come rather than getting packed away, donated or sold at a garage sale in a year or two like most toys that kids get for Christmas.
Our youngest LOVES to sing and dreams of being a rockstar someday, so instead of an instrument, we got her a karaoke machine with a microphone when she was six and this year she is getting voice lessons to work towards that rockstar goal. 😉 We are thinking about adding piano lessons to go along with the voice lessons because it can’t hurt to have that talent as well, right?
In a nutshell, instruments are a gift that your child could use for years to come. Even if they take a break from it at some point for awhile, you never know when they may decide to try it out again. (Unlike that dried up thinking putty from a few years ago.) Or it could be passed on to a sibling–or even their own kids someday. So if you’re looking for an instrument for your child this Christmas, Jim’s Music on Military Avenue in Green Bay is a great place to start. They offer a wide variety of used and new instruments and their knowledgable staff can help you find exactly what you’re looking for!
Lessons are a great gift to go along with an instrument or as the next gift for the next occasion. If you’re not quite ready to invest in lessons, Jim’s Music offers FREE weekly music clubs for all ages (4 & up). Weekly Music Clubs are on Thursdays from 6-7PM for piano (first Thursday of the month), guitar (second Thursday), ukulele (third Thursday) and bucket (fourth Thursday). This could be a great way to get started on learning that new instrument. Parents and kids are welcome to attend the clubs together and no previous experience/knowledge is needed. Instruments are provided at the clubs, if needed, with refreshments at the end of the night. (Updates or cancellations are posted on their Facebook page.) When you’re ready, Jim’s Music also offers lessons at their store location for a variety of instruments. They have various instructors with 14 lesson rooms and lessons going on throughout the week.
If you decide to purchase an instrument or lessons from Jim’s Music this Christmas, here is a great offer for you: choose from 1 month of FREE lessons OR get $10 off a purchase of $25 or more! (And make sure you tell them you saw this on the let’s go mommy blog.)