I Am a Gifted Musician: Affirmations for New Players of Music contains 50 positive self-talk statements that new musicians can recite, believe in, and practice daily. I wrote this book after seeing so many people (adults especially) become very critical of their playing ability in the early stages. We need to be kind to ourselves as we are learning and this book helps to provide encouragement with affirmations, illustrations, and journal prompts.
I have also made a companion journal to go along with this book. You can use this to record your journal prompt responses and other details about your musical journey. The pages feature a thumbnail (color) illustration of one of the musicians from the book mentioned above. This pair would make a great gift for anyone new to music.
How to Read Music in 30 Days by Matthew Ellul is a book I found to be very helpful when I started to learn how to read music. There are written examples, listening sections, and writing exercises that are extremely thorough. This would make a great gift as well and will continue to be a reference book in any new musician’s library.
I hope the gift guides I’ve shared this week help you with some ideas for your friends and loved ones this Christmas season! If you have any questions, you can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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