Do you give your students gifts during the holiday season? If so and if you’re like me, it’s usually a struggle to find something that is meaningful with a reasonable price tag. A couple of years ago I came up with a solution that I believe I’ll be repeating again this year. It’s a student gift that keeps on giving.
Before I dive in with the details, it’s not a bad idea to step back and ponder the purpose of giving gifts. With all the emphasis on “stuff” in our society, do our students really need one more thing?
A couple of years ago a book caught my eye: What Music Means to Me. The picture book includes large pages with stunning images that capture the essence of various gifted musicians. Alongside each photo is a personal, touching essay about the profound impact of music in their lives.
- Poetry by Barbara Kreader (composer for Hal Leonard and one of my favorite authors at Clavier Companion)
- Forward by Brian Chung (excellent speaker and General Manager of Kawai America Corporation.)
- DVD which includes photos of the featured musicians along with them reading their own essay.
- Can’t-put-a-price-tag-on-it bonus: I met the photographer in person, Mr Richard Rejino. and my book includes his autograph.
You can purchase the book here.
So how does the book fit into this blog about giving gifts to students? Let me explain. [···]