Forte’s 2023 Holiday Gift Guide

With the holidays quickly approaching, Forte wants to help you find the perfect gift for the musician in your life. Sometimes it’s the little things that can make a difference when teaching (or taking!) an online music lesson. This year, our team has selected a few choice options that are sure to be a hit. So click to buy, or forward to the teacher or student in your life. Happy gifting, and Happy Holidays from all of us here at Forte! 

1. A microphone for instruments with a big sound

The Shure BETA 57A is a great inexpensive mic used to record loud directional instruments like brass and percussion. Forte’s Artistic and Education Director, Liam Day, thinks this mic does a beautiful job with streaming and recording, and it has even been used on Grammy-winning recordings. Priced reasonably, it’s hard to beat.

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2. A stocking stuffer for your favorite pianist

This durable, stainless steel music book clip has large prongs to easily use on thick songbooks, but can also be used with sheet music. You can even turn pages without removing the clip! 

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3. Instrument-specific tuners

An accurate, easy-to-read tuner is always a good idea. We have different recommendations depending on your instrument(s). 

Woodwinds and Brass

The Snark2 All Instrument tuner is quick, accurate, has a bright display, and rotates 360 degrees. It is a great, reliable option for most band instruments. 

Violin or Viola  

The D’Addario Micro Violin/Viola tuner features a full-color display in an attractive, compact design. A non-marring, lever-lock clamp holds the tuner securely to the instrument while allowing easy application and removal. The precision violin/viola tuner is not only perfect for tuning, the unique mounting system and fast pitch response allow it to be used as an effective practice tool for referencing and improving intonation while playing

Cello and Double Bass

The D’Addario Eclipse tuner pairs beautifully with lower-stringed instruments, featuring all of the benefits of a reliable tuner, plus a multi-swivel action that allows for perfect viewing when used with cello and double bass. 

Guitar and Electric Bass

The Kliq Ubertuner clip-on tuner is fast, super-bright, accurate, and easy to use. It’s also strong and reliable, working well for both the hobbyist and the touring road warrior. 

Guitar and Bass rechargeable option 

D’Addario’s Nexxus 360 rechargeable guitar headstock tuner offers fast, accurate tuning without the cost and hassle of replacing batteries. The discreet, clip-on design features 360-degree rotation, plus a super bright, full-color LED display, assuring a perfect viewing angle and screen clarity in any lighting.

4. The perfect diffuser for your studio

A little bit of self care goes a long way. For the online teacher who needs some zen in their teaching space, Forte’s Chief Education Officer, Katie Hone Wiltgen, recommends the Vitruvi Stone ceramic diffuser, Wirecutter’s best diffuser of 2023. A few drops of essential oils followed by some deep breathing will transform your studio and have your mind, body, and spirit ready for your next lesson. 

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