Music unites us all and there isn’t one place in the world without its own unique musical history and culture. However, there are cities that seem to have music engraved in their very DNA. You can feel it in the streets and you can learn about it just by taking a stroll. These cities are an ideal playground for any music lover, even more so for people involved in music education. Here are some of the world’s greatest destinations for music lovers and historians.
In addition to its great architecture and bohemian feel, Seville is the perfect destination for any music buff. The city itself was the setting of two of the world’s greatest operas: The Marriage of Figaro and the Barber of Seville, by Mozart and Rossini. So, the city certainly has something special if it was a muse for some of the greatest musical masterpieces ever created. Those studying a masters in music education will love the various classical music academies peppered around the city and the plethora of music museums it has to offer. The city also has a great street performer scene and a bustling nightlife scene. Make sure you check out the Biennial of Flamenco next time you visit if you want to hear the some of the most renowned Flamenco artists perform.
When it comes to musical history, Italy has been a prime destination for years. Its opera history alone is known the world over, but when people think of music and Italy, they usually think about places like Milan’s La Scala opera house or Antonio Vivaldi’s Venice. But, Bologna is an often overlooked but truly vibrant city. The University of Bologna, for instance, was the very first in Italy to offer performing arts and music degrees. And that’s without even mentioning the tons of music festivals the town boasts every year.
When most people think of Ghent, they usually thinking of the Treaty of Ghent which ended the British-American war. But, the city is also full of musical treasures that will delight any lover and historian of music. The city harbors some of the world’s largest opera houses and musical museums. The country’s vibrant art and cultural scene offers the perfect bridge between its long and esteemed musical history and the present. It is also a major educational hub for music.
The city boasts two graduate schools teaching musicianship and opera. The city is also becoming a huge hub for students studying abroad, whether it’s online or in one of its various institutions. Many students following an online music education degree program from institutions like Kent State University have chosen Ghent as a second home because of its world-class infrastructure and affordable cost of living.
Taking a trip to any of these destinations will be a perfect choice for any musical lover or student. They all offer tons of activities for music buffs and are known for their vibrant music culture and their vast history.