Holiday Gift Guide 2010: Ocarinas Review

Saturday, December 18, 2010 Posted by Dina N

The ocarina is a musical instrument that has been around for a long time. The first known ocarina-like instruments appear about 12,000 years ago. An affordable gift for children and adults, an ocarina can be a fun way to develop one's love of music.

St. Louis Ocarina was established in 2005 to help revive interest in the art of ocarina playing. They offer a variety of ocarinas as well as sheet music, instructional DVDs, and ocarina accessories. I received a teacarina and the Legend of Zelda Rupee Tenor Ocarina, plus The Art of Ocarina, a beginner's guide to the ocarina. Both ocarinas are ceramic, well made and in beautiful colors: the teacarina in shades of blue and the Legend of Zelda ocarina in pink. The ocarinas came with an instruction booklet. My kids and I had a great time playing with the ocarinas. For a musical instrument, the ocarina is very affordable, easy to master, and takes no space at all - compared to a piano, for example.

The teacarina is my favorite between the two. It is very pretty, and music is produced by blowing through an air chamber, holding the teacarina as you would a tea cup. You change the pitch by fingering four holes of various sizes on the side on the cup. The teacarina can also be used as a cup for tea or coffee! It is available in a range of beautiful colors and sells for $18, making it an original yet affordable gift.

The 6 and 4-hole ocarinas are specifically designed for children. The guide I received helps kids learn how to play. It includes short lessons and a demonstration CD. Parents can master the ocarina together with their children - a fun family activity that you can do anytime, anywhere. Just bring the ocarinas along!

If you are concerned that your kids might break their new instrument, consider getting a plastic ocarina. The 6 Hole Plastic Ocarina is recommended for beginners and retails for $8.99. It comes in blue, green, white and yellow and it includes a free instructional book. The 12 Hole Plastic Soprano Ocarina in C Major is also appropriate for beginners and retails for $15. It comes in bright blue, green and pink and also includes a free instructional book and strap.

Check out all of the amazing ocarinas manufactured by STL Ocarina - any of them would make a wonderful holiday gift.

Disclosure / Disclaimer: No monetary compensation was obtained for this post. I received  complimentary product samples to facilitate this review. The opinions expressed in this post are mine and may differ from yours. 


  1. Linda Starr said...

    great musical instruments and the holes have to be made just so to get the sound to come out after firing.

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