Mozart and More – School Music Tours to Salzburg

For students of music, there is nothing quite as educational as school music tours to visit the homeland of some of the great legendary figures of classical music: Austria!

There must be something in the air in this wonderful country-how else would it have given birth to such musical greats as Joseph Haydn, Johann Strauss Sr. and Johann Strauss Jr., Franz Schubert and, of course, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart!

In fact, school music tours to Austria are not just educational, they provide great inspiration to many a student of music, especially those who aspire to greatness. With Austria’s place in musical history, several visits may be required in order to be better able to appreciate and assimilate the kind of culture that bred such great composers and musicians. Still, where does one start? Salzburg!

History

An independent Church principality that was culturally connected to Austria in the olden days, Salzburg, birthplace of the musical prodigy Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is definitely the place to begin. This Baroque city is a cultural wonder that can be explored by bus, but for better appreciation, walking tours are also recommended.

Where To Go

A typical plan recommended for school music tours begins at the Palace of Mirabelle, built in 1606 for the Archbishop Wolf Dietrich, the Mirabelle Gardens, and of course, the Mozarteum- one of the world’s premiere musical academies.

Other must-see places in this magically musical city are Mozart’s birthplace in Getreidegasse, Hellbrunn Palace, the Hohensalzburg Fortress, Festival Hall, the Cathedral, Landestheater and the Marionette Theater.

Concert Halls

School music tours are never complete without experiencing a concert at a hall or palace. In Salzburg you can attend those held in the Marble Hall of the Mirabelle Palace, where they play Mozart, Beethoven and Liszt; or the Mozart dinner concert by the Amadeus Consort -often held in Salzburg’s oldest restaurant, the Baroque Hall at Stiftskeller St. Peter, part of the Benedictine monastery in the Salzburg Old City.

The Sound Of Music Tour

School music tours to Salzburg are not always all about Baroque and classical music; the city is also the gateway to one of the most famous musical experiences of all time- The Sound of Music Tour. Beginning with the Mirabelle Gardens – where Maria and the children are seen dancing around the statue of Pegasus, the winged horse – and continuing on to Leopoldskron Castle, which was used as the location for the Von Trapp family home, as well as the Nonnberg Abbey, Hellbrunn Castle and Lakes Wolfgang and Fuschi.