Whether you’re a music listener, novice player or skilled musician, these treasures will fit nicely into your repertoire.
Etymotic’s ETY Kids5 Earphones ($39, www.etymotic.com, ages 4 and up) fit snuggly into little ears, providing optimum sound quality so kids won’t feel the need to crank the volume. Volume control keeps sound at safe levels. Available in black, pink and yellow.
Put down your air guitar and pick up jamstik+ ($299.99, www.jamstik.com) a “smart guitar” that connects to your Bluetooth-enabled iOS or Android device. Download software for lessons, games and an app called Four Chords to play more than 1,000 of your favorite songs.
Mix it up with Crayola DJ by Legacy Games ($4.99, www. itunes.apple.com, ages 6 to 10), an app that turns your iPhone or iPad into a DJ booth. Kids learn the basics of music production and mixing by combining color-coded layers of beats, melodies and scratches.
Unearth your vinyl and listen to the crackle and pop on the portable CR8016 Messenger Turntable by Crosley ($89.99, www.AlwaysFits.com). This full-functioning record player spins in three speeds and looks totally groovy in a sturdy messenger bag.
Book and CD combo “Listen to the Birds: An Introduction to Classical Music”
by Ana Gerhard, illustrated by Cecilia Varela ($16.95, www.thesecretmountain.com, ages 7-9), introduces kids to classical music by highlighting the similarities between bird songs and the works of Mozart, Tchaikovsky and Vivaldi. The book is a fun read with a helpful glossary of musical terms.