Gifts for Singers Over $50

Presents that Encourage Vocal Development

I have an aunt who loves to send gifts to me and now my child that teach something. Honestly, I love to receive them and a lot of singer’s will too. In honor of her, here’s a list of gifts my aunt would approve of. Most of the gifts are books, while a few are more hands on learning tools like voice lessons, a Karaoke Machine, and a Rosetta Stone Language course.

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Voice Lessons

My grandmother gave me voice lessons as a present for Christmas one year and I went on to audition and enter a prestigious school of music. Voice lessons can range from $15-$50 dollars or more, so shop around and be aware that price does not always indicate a better teacher. The National Association of Teacher of Singing, or NATS, has a teacher directory for your convenience, however the best way to find a reliable teacher is through word of mouth.

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Recording Session

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My neighbors have a relative who owns a recording studio, so naturally their five-year-old daughter has her own CD. It just goes to show that singers of all levels will enjoy making a professional quality recording. Price of a session varies and may be well within your price range depending on the recording studio. Buy from Amazon »

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Karaoke System

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It may be your singer’s calling in life to sing karaoke. If so, then a great system will allow them to start a business. For those not destined to DJ, singers can use a Karoake System to improve musicianship. In a performance a prerecorded accompaniment can hinder a singers personal artistry, but while learning a song it can teach standard rhythms and how to sing on the beat. Buy from Amazon »

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Autoharp or Chorded Zither:

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The Autoharp is a big present price-wise, but much easier to play well than a guitar. Many find it easier to sing along with. In addition, the Autoharp is small and easily transported. The novelty of the instrument makes it fun to perform with. It has one huge disadvantage compared to the guitar and that is tuning all 36-37 strings when needed. For those who teach children to sing, the Autoharp is a must have instrument. Kids can accompany themselves or classmates on songs almost instantly and the concept of chord progression is grasped easier with the help of an Autoharp. Buy from Amazon »

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Basics of Vocal Pedagogy by Clifton Ware

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Ware teaches everything you need to know about singing proficiently in a bit more accessible way than Richard Miller, who produces one of the most popular vocal pedagogy books, “The Structure of Singing.” If a singer truly wants to take their art seriously, knowing the anatomy and science behind singing is a must. Without a class, "Basics of Vocal Pedagogy" by Clifton Ware might be just the thing.

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Rosetta Stone Language Course

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For American opera lovers, becoming familiar with Italian, French, and German is a must. The more fluent you are the more enjoyable and likely you are to succeed. Learning Russian will also open doors to a whole new world of opera that is sung more and more frequently in the United States. For serious classical singers, a Rosetta Stone course in Italian is probably a good place to start.

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Digital Voice Recorder:

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Singers are unable to hear themselves the way others do. Finding a reliable way to record their voices is an essential tool in order to evaluate how they really sound. Though you may be able to find a recording app for a personal tablet, they are not as accurate as a more expensive digital recorder. Buy from Amazon »