Choir teachers put in long hours to create polished performances, which provide cultural opportunities not only for the singers but also for the community at large. Their jobs often include providing private voice lessons to individual performers, rehearsing vocal ensembles, as well as coordinating and conducting performances that include bands and orchestras. Choosing a gift for your choir teacher is a way to show your appreciation for all that she does.
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Take a photo of the choir, and have it made into a poster. Write words of appreciation on the bottom, and have choir members sign their names if there's enough room on the poster to do so. Or, take a large, unfinished wood frame or make one of your own. Paint it in school colours or in a bright colour. Place a photo of the choir in the frame, and write a phrase of appreciation around the edges with a gold metallic marker.
Have an informal gathering of choir members after a rehearsal. Ask choir members to bring any choir-related mementos such as photos taken during concerts and after, copies of programs, tickets and flyers to the next rehearsal. Form a group to create a collage of these items, and randomly place personal notes of appreciation from choir members around the collage. Be sure to add any brief inside jokes or memories your choir teacher will enjoy seeing.
Choir teachers love music, obviously, so try to find out which band, orchestra, opera or ensemble your teacher loves the most. Collect money from each choir member to give your choir teacher a group gift of front row seats or box seats at an upcoming performance of his favourite musical group or individual artist.
Miscellaneous Gift Ideas
Give your teacher the gift of dinner for two at a local elegant restaurant, or buy her an iTunes gift card if she has an iPod. Consider giving her a new iPod, with each member pitching in a few dollars to make the purchase. Shop online for a clever T-shirt or coffee mug with musical notes or humorous music-related phrases, or have these items personalised with your teacher's name on them. Order a sheet cake from the local bakery, and adorn it with her name and musical notes. Surprise her with the cake and a card signed by members of the choir.
Choose a bookmark, credit card holder or a business card holder with music themes as an individual, understated token of appreciation. Or, choose from a variety of music-themed items such as a glasses chain, a glasses case, money clips, Christmas ornaments and postage stamp dispensers. Find music-themed earrings, tie clasps, cuff links or charm bracelets.
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