As you’ve probably heard by now, it’s the most wonderful time of the year! You might not be convinced if you’re trying to find last-minute gifts, preparing to host family and friends, or just experiencing the end-of-year craziness, so here are a few ways musicians can spread some holiday cheer this December:
- Perform at local hospitals, nursing homes, or anywhere music would be appreciated.
- Leave a complimentary and encouraging comment on another musician’s social media pages.
- Write a thank you letter to a teacher, mentor, colleague, or any other musician who has made a difference in your life.
- Donate reeds, cork grease, mouthpieces, or any other equipment or accessories to a local music program.
- Donate your time to teach music to anyone who is willing to learn.
- Reach out to a musician you haven’t seen recently to catch up.
- If you sell goods or services, consider creating a holiday discount to spread holiday cheer (and savings) to other musicians.
- Donate time and/or money to local orchestras, bands, or other music programs.
- Help organize a communal space – return lost stands, pick up garbage, and clean practice rooms or offices to start the new year on the right foot.
- Bake some sweet treats to share with your section, students, teachers, colleagues, or anyone else who needs a holiday pick-me-up.
- Offer your services (such as web design, accounting, social media, arranging) to an organization who could use the help.
- Write a letter explaining the importance of music and arts education to your local representatives.
- Go caroling (or performing with your instruments).
Happy holidays from Jenny Clarinet!