Thursday, 16 February 2012 4:42 PM
If you're planning school trips to Italy for your music students, consider taking them to Tuscany. Famed for its beautiful landscapes and impressive architecture, this region has much to offer those studying music.
Of course, before you begin organising school concert tours, you'll want to know what the benefits of such trips are. Giving students the chance to experience the world of the professional musician, they provide a unique opportunity for learning outside of the classroom.
Indeed, there is nothing like real experiences to help enrich the curriculum and bring it to life for those under your tutelage, and a music tour is an excellent means of increasing your students' confidence and improving how they work together. Additionally, you can also use such trips to broaden their appreciation of different musical styles.
Best of all, they will get a chance to perform at either beautiful, historic cathedrals or festivals, which are bound to be experiences they never forget. What's more, they can combine these experiences with visits to famous tourist attractions for a well-rounded educational break.
There is a wide variety of Tuscan destinations that are immensely well-suited to this kind of trip, including Assisi, Pisa, Montecatini and Gimingnano.
Possibilities include casual performances for both choral groups and bands in local squares, as well as formal, full-length concerts in prestigious locations, such as the Church of Santa Maria de Ricci in Florence and the Church of St Agostino in San Gimingnano.
If you choose Pisa as your destination, for example, you can take your students on a coach trip to nearby Assisi, a fascinating historical location. Here, they can explore the sights, including the old town, medieval castle and cathedral, before giving a performance at mass at the beautiful Basilica of St Francis.
Follow this up with another performance the next day, this time at the Pistoia Festival at the Church of Saint Ignazio di Lojola. On the final day of your trip before heading home, your students can perform in the stunning Pisa Cathedral after enjoying a tour of this glorious city and its famous leaning tower.
Offering a wealth of wonderful opportunities for budding musicians, concert tours in Tuscany allow teachers to really engage their students with the subject, give them experiences of playing their instruments and singing live, and create memories they will never forget.