This guide is for those that are ready to either plunk down a bit more $ for some key music making toys, or ready to gift an experience like a great class or a private lesson package to someone really special (or… maybe it’s for you!). In case you missed it, check out our small buys for (mostly) under $50.
These are gifts that (in my opinion) keep giving long after most others have started collecting dust. And they won’t totally break the bank. Have fun shopping!
If you’ve got an instrument in mind, we get a special discount especially for BMF families at Brooklyn Fine Guitars. (Make sure you tell Brian that you’re part of the BMF community!)
Drummers Unite: Learn to Play 6 Essential Rock Beats in 6 Weeks (NO drum set required!) $249, Tuesdays @8pm, 90 Min Class, 8 Spots Available Starts 1/9
BEG Guitar Class for Shower Singers: Play & SING a new song every week. You will learn to play and sing (at the same time!) 6 classic songs in 6 weeks. Guaranteed! $249 Thursdays @8pm, 90 Min Class, 8 Spots Available Starts 1/4
GleeCapella: Sing in harmony, learn 3 new songs! Level up your vocal skills. $249 Mondays @8pm, 90 Min Class, 8 Spots Available Starts 1/8
Adult Songwriting Circle: In Four 90 Minute Classes You Will Write 4 songs. Face your fears & Ignite Your Creativity! $199 Thursdays @7:30pm Starts 1/4/18, 6 Spots Available
Rock Your World: For absolute beginner adults only, form a band and learn to play 2 rock classics in 4 weeks. Finish with a mini show for friends n family at Brooklyn Music Factory. 6 Musicians/band. Each rehearsal is 90 minutes. $249 Tuesdays @8pm, 90 Min Class, 6 Spots Available Starts 1/9
Private Lesson Packages – Flexible Scheduling Options!
Get Back In The Shed!
- 3 Adult PL 60 Minute Lesson Package: Piano, Guitar, Voice, Drums & Bass (price: $279)
Take three hour long lessons over a two month period & dip that toe back into the musical waters. We work with your schedule and help you jumpstart your musical life. And get back into a playing and practicing routine if for no other reason than music is insanely fun! Make your musical move.
Go for the Gold & Level Up.
- 6 Adult PL 60 Minute Lesson Package: Piano, Guitar, Voice, Drums & Bass (price: $499)
Take six hour long lessons over a two month period & level up your music game. We work with your schedule and help you jumpstart your musical life. It’s time to start playing again and take it to the next level. Level up!
Take the 60 Minute Guitar Challenge (Two Options!)
- Acoustic Guitar + 60 Minute Jump Starter Lesson. (price: $249)
Here is an affordable and super inspiring way to dive into guitar. It’s guaranteed to get anyone playing. This could be the gift that gets talked about for years to come. We have partnered with a local guitar store and they have given us a great deal on a solid acoustic guitar which we are passing onto you.
- Guitar Jump Starter Lesson Package + BMF Guitar Lesson Book Combo & Pick Pack. (price: $299)
This package takes your guitar hero to the next level. It includes both level 1 & 2 of our very own guitar method books (complete with hundreds of jam tracks to keep you inspired) & as a bonus a bag of ten BMF guitar picks. After the initial lesson, there will be plenty to stay busy & get that guitar playing to Jr Pro in no time.
First Acoustic Guitar: My friend who has played professionally all his life, put it simply, “Yamaha makes a great entry level instrument that lasts forever. Always buy Yamaha.” I trust him for almost everything music or car related (he was a chief mechanic before becoming a jazz guitarist) & he has been absolutely right on this tip. We have at least five of these @ BMF.
- 3/4 Size (Ages 7-10)
- Full Size Guitar (Ages 11 & up)
- Not sure which one to get? Brian at Brooklyn Fine Guitars can help you out!
Martin Ukulele: This is the real deal. Why do you need to spend real money on a Ukulele? Because this one will NOT go out of tune every two minutes. Plain and simple & totally worth dropping the $250. This was my 2007 Xmas prsent to myself. I loved every minute of it until it was stolen at a gig…
Electronic Drum Set: If you have been to the BMF new and vastly improved waiting room/community room, you will have most likely taken a ride on one of our two electronic drum sets on the Main Stage. These things are the most popular part of our new space. Kids and adults LOVE them. You need to spend a bit of money to get something that will last, but I’m convinced every household in America needs both an electronic and a real drum set. Start here if you have the duckets this holiday season.
Digital Piano (with weighted piano keys): I get asked about digital pianos daily. Bottom line is that they are a great starter for your home and will work for the first 3-5 years. When it’s time to get a real piano, you will know (see above). If you are ready to make the move, here is a great package through Amazon.
A Real (and apartment friendly) Drum Set: This is a drum kit designed by Quest Love form the Roots (and the late night band). We have one at BMF and I think it’s hands down the sexiest instrument I’ve seen in a decade. PLUS…it comes with bags to drape over each drum to cut the volume down in half when playing! It sounds amazing, takes up a tiny bit of room, and just makes buckets of sense for NYC living. Keep in mind, though that you will need to also buy hardware + cymbals. (Links below). Check it out here!
Lots of Drum Extras:
Mini Recording Studio Set Up: OK…so these days, the kids want to know about recording software and making their own electronic, dance, or otherwise wacky music on a Mac (or PC). It has become as important to musicians as mastering a specific instrument. It is incredibly liberating and the geek factor is huge when you get into crafting your own tracks & the learning curve is no longer very steep. Here is a great set up for keyboardist and vocalist (complete with software & mini keyboard…with lots of fun knobs to turn!):
Keyboard + Software:
USB Mic (plugs straight into the computer…super simple!):
And if you want to add the ability to plug a guitar straight into the Mac…get one of these (& it’s less than $30!!):
This list could go on and on. I love myself some gear when it’s user friendly and I end up making tons of music on it. Please don’t hesitate to add other great ideas (and links) in the comments below. And you can always contact me directly: firstname.lastname@example.org.