Back-to-school guide: Music

This week, we’ve got a special back-to-school guide highlighting the perfect gear and gadgets for students, parents, and everyone else.

Before you get all your stuff, let’s get something to hold everything and then we’ll move on to music.


Solo backpacks have everyone covered with a wide variety of lightweight backpacks that are perfect for hauling around your daily essentials – all equipped with padded laptop compartments. Simple yet stylish. The high-quality materials hold up to rough wear and is ideal for students, outdoor adventurers, gamers, professionals, travelers, bikers, hikers, dancers, and many others.

Nomatic travel bags offer the same carry-on mobility as a backpack and a duffle bag for those overnight needs. Essential features include a laptop compartment, detachable waist straps, and a foldable laundry bag as well as clothing compartments.


In general, toddlers and preschoolers need small lightweight backpacks (no more than three-fourths of the child’s back) while older children’s backpack must be more versatile for extracurricular activities. Teen backpacks expand device pockets and phone pouches as these stronger students can carry more weight physically and mentally.



Known for high-quality, affordable powered speakers, Edifier is introducing its first ever set of passive speakers, the P12. These passive speakers use market-proven MDF enclosures engineered to reduce cabinet resonance. The P12 is designed to fit perfectly on shelves, desktops and the walls, with a wall-mount bracket built-into each speaker allowing for use as rear channel or surround speakers. Click the link to check them out on Amazon:

The UE Wonderboom and JBL Flip 4 offer waterproof sound that can easily travel and are available in several colors.



Need more power? Edifier’s E255 5.1 Luna Eclipse active speaker system packs a high-quality, 385-watt punch with a Ferrari red design and 5.1 surround sound with wireless components for a clutter free set-up. No detailed expertise is required for set-up either since no calibrations are needed with this quality system. Just place components somewhere accessible, especially when pairing wireless components to the main component.



If you’re making your own music,  Ableton’s Live digital audio workstation is great for hands-on music producers who need instruments, effects, loops, riffs, and rhythms. Education discount available plus Live Suite software also available.


The comfortable Kidz Gear headphones and Wired Headphones and Boom Headphones at are durable and affordable plus feature a unique boom microphone. Kidz Gear also offers a Gear Up For Education! discount available for schools and libraries.


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Have lip-synch battles with the Tik Tok app that includes Share videos and “go live” any time for endless streaming music fun.


Keep those tunes going with the long-standing…and free GarageBand app (iOS) has great options like recordings of live instruments along with prerecorded pieces and effects.


~ Mike Siebenaler


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