10 music-related gift ideas for Dad this Father’s Day

09 June 2021
By Ellie Palmer
Including piano lessons, fun t shirts, and a digital subscription to Pianist

Many of us missed out on seeing our fathers for last year's Father's Day due to the coronavirus restrictions. This year, with restrictions lifting across the UK, and in many other parts of the world, a lot of us will finally be able to celebrate those father figures in our lives in person!

If your Dad (or father figure) is musical, we've got some great presents in mind for you. Take a look below.



1. Sheet music folder

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We’ve all been in that position where we have sheet music piling up on the side of our piano, with nowhere to properly store it.

This A4-sized sheet music folder is the perfect little resource to solve that problem. The pages are made from plastic wallet-material, which will protect your sheet music from any damage.




2. Sheet music

He might have the opposite problem… not enough sheet music!

We’ve got a huge variety of Scores available that you can download in an instant for him. We’ve got classics such as Debussy’s Arabesque 1 and Hungarian Dance No 5 by Brahms, as well as some beautiful pieces from Spanish pianist Isaac Albéniz and Fanny Mendelssohn amongst others.

Each piece is just £1.99. Why not pick out a few that you know he’d like and place them in the sheet music folder above for him?




3. 20% off a 1-year digital subscription to Pianist

This is the perfect gift for piano lovers.

A 1-year digital subscription – which is now £27.99 (was £34.99) – consists of six issues, one every two months, which download straight to your device.

In each issue, he will receive over 40 pages of blissful music to learn (from beginner to advanced), a host of of in-depth masterclasses focusing on specific techniques, over two hours of online video lessons and performances, exclusive interviews with the world’s top pianists, plus insights into a whole host of piano-related topics; not to mention live recordings of each of the Scores to enjoy.

He will no doubt love it.





4. “I just need my bed” t-shirt

Make Dad laugh with this clever t-shirt!

It’s a classic Dad joke, that’s for sure.




5. Core Classics for Piano by ABRSM

ABRSM recently released 7 repertoire books full of some of classical music’s most famous and most popular pieces. With pieces from Beethoven, Haydn, Mozart and many more, this book includes an abundance of much-loved music that can help form the backbone of any pianist’s repertoire.

7 books available from Grades 1-8.




6. Piano Lessons for Beginners

The amount of people taking up piano as a hobby has shot up in the last year, likely due to the global coronavirus crisis.

This book is the ideal place to start if your Dad is wanting to do the same.

You’ll find advice on fingering positioning, reading music and what the pedals are for, plus lessons on how to play some iconic pieces.

Make sure you pair this book up with a Pianist magazine subscription, which offers plenty more on top. 





7. Music from the Musicals

Movie lovers will adore this collection of piano music taken straight from the most popular Musicals. Sheet music for A Star Is Born, La La Land, The Greatest Showman, Beauty and the Beast, and Mamma Mia are all included.




8. Me: Elton John – the official autobiography

In his first and only official autobiography, music icon Elton John reveals the truth about his extraordinary life. It’s a very honest and moving story of one of our time’s most successful singer/songwriters.




9. Dave Brubeck – A Life in Time

2020 marked the 100th anniversary of the birth of Jazz piano legend Dave Brubeck; a huge force in the world of jazz music.

This biography is a scrupulously researched account of his life. You won’t find an account of Brubeck’s life more accurate than this one.

In issue 114 of Pianist ((June-July 2020), the book’s author Philip Clark takes us on a moving journey through the life of Dave Brubeck. It’s a little taster for the full book. You can get a copy of this issue here. 




10. Surprise him with a piano

If you’ve got room in your budget for something a little more grandeur, why not go all out and surprise him with this Yamaha Arius digital piano?

This is one of the best and most affordable pianos that Yamaha have to offer. It combines traditional design with modern technology; the perfect combo.

It would certainly steal the show.

If you've got a larger budget, take a look at these grand pianos that all fall under £10,000.



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