Castanets, Maracas and Flamenco – School Music Tours to Spain

For those students who go on school music tours to Spain, such visits are often an eye-opener – especially for those who are only familiar with its music due to its influence on Latin American pop music.

While one can safely describe Spanish music as rich, lively, passionate and evocative, these are perhaps the only generalisations that can be made. The music is diverse and varies across its many different regions – with each one having its own characteristic sound and blend of instruments. The richness of Spanish music can be confusing, but for a quick overview, school music tours should take in the classic national favourites, such as the flamenco, the zarzuela and, of course, the romantic compositions made for the Spanish classical guitar.


For an impressive and unforgettable beginning a trip to Spain, nothing comes close to a flamenco performance. Attributed to the Andalusian gypsies, this historic art and musical form is both an audial and visual delight – perhaps one of the reasons that UNESCO declared it one of the “Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity”, in 2010.

Composed of several elements – the cante (singing), toque (guitar music), baile (dance), palmas (clapping), and zapateados (stomps) – all interwoven to create a seamless masterpiece, watching an authentic flamenco performance in a traditional venue is a history, art, culture and humanities lesson in one.


Another must on school music tours of Spain is experiencing the performance of a zarzuela- the Spanish version of the opera. It alternates between spoken and sung portions, with performances by soloists and ensemble members, accompanied by an orchestra.

Different regions have their own version of the Spanish operatic play – such as the Catalonia zarzuela, the Basque zarzuela and the Catalan zarzuela, as well as the various derivatives in Hispanic colonies such as Cuba and the Philippines. But there are two basic forms of the zarzuela – Baroque and Romantic. Watching performances of both styles can provide valuable insights into Spanish history and culture.

Music From The Regions

The region of Aragon is best known for the jota – a traditional Spanish dance characterised by chord and percussion instruments, with castanets held by the dancers. School music tours to Castile, Madrid and Leon can also take in performances of the jota, although these regions have a slower version with a slight variation in instruments used.

A different kind of sound, predominated by bagpipes, can be experienced in the regions of Galicia, Cantabria and Asturias, as well as other northwest Atlantic areas; while the Basque regions, on the other hand, have music that exhibits ancient Moorish influences.

Tips For Putting Together A High School Musical Costume

One of the more popular movies among teenagers and children nowadays is High School Musical. This movie (and its sequels), put out by Disney, is one that very few youngsters have not seen at least once. Because of its popularity, a number of different high school musical costumes have also become popular, and will likely be on the Top Halloween costumes chart this year.

So your child loves High School Musical, but you’re just not sure what to get? Here are some of the different costumes that you have to choose from:

High School Musical costumes for girls. Girls who are High School Musical fans have several different options that are not available for the boys. Most of these come in the form of different dresses that will transform you into one of the characters, such as Gabriella or perhaps one that fits into the Sharpay category.

Another High School Musical costumes that is available is the cheerleader costume. These are specifically designed to help girls look like they came right out of the movie. Of course, you can tweak any cheerleader costume to be a High School Musical one, but you can also get High School Musical branded cheerleader costumes, which will make your daughter very happy.

High School Musical costumes for boys. The boys have fewer options as far as high school musical costumes are concerned. Still, you can find some if you look hard enough.

For example, there are Wildcat baseball uniforms or various Troy costumes in one of several different outfits, most of which involve some kind of sport. Although many adults will not be able to distinguish these from regular costumes, any child will easily be able to tell who your child is dressed up at.

Do It Yourself. One of the nice things about putting together a High School Musical costume for your child is that you can, with a bit of creativity and ingenuity, create most or part of it yourself. It helps to watch at least one of the movies a few times!

Christmas Gifts From High School Musical

It’s almost that time of the year when the spirit of gift-giving and generosity abound in the air. Christmas is that special time of the year when everyone feels a little bit more generous; more tolerant of others and basically, just happier no matter where we are in the world.

With the spirit of gift-giving in the air, we could be faced with the dilemma of what to get our godchildren and children for Christmas. Luckily, there are now several options we can choose from when it comes to toys and children’s items that are perfect for Christmas presents. High School Musical Toys are among the most popular children’s items today.


High School Musical Toys are in-demand nowadays, thanks to the Disney show and movie that made it popular among younger kids and teenagers today. With a whole array of these toys readily available via the internet and in regular outlet stores; parents won’t have a hard time getting the perfect Christmas gift for their young ones.

There are several items to choose from, each coming from the different High School Musical shows and movies that have been shown. The first, second and third movie; plus the fourth installment which was shown in theaters worldwide; each has its own set of toys that we can get for Christmas.

Dolls that represent each character, complete with different costumes the characters wore in each show are perfect for little girls. They get to play with their favorite characters and also dress them up in costumes that are sold separately.

There are also costumes such as East High’s cheerleader get-up that little girls can wear also from the movie. Other gift ideas from High School Musical Toys and children’s items include sleepwear for boys and girls; pillows with the characters’ faces on them; bags and school items; and games for all kinds of gaming consoles such as Xbox, PlayStation and Nintendo Wii.


To beat the Christmas rush, we can opt to do our High School Musical Toys shopping online. Now is the best time to do this since most online stores are giving huge discounts as a pre-Christmas sale to all online shoppers worldwide.

We may also find that some High School Musical Toys that are available on the internet are not available in regular outlet stores. This gives us more options as to the items we want to give as Christmas gifts to our kids.

The only things we have to remember when purchasing anything over the internet is the security of the online store; their shipping and delivery options; and their return policy.

Overseas shipping may cost a little bit more, so we have to check this one out first before placing our orders. On the other hand, the return policy will ensure us that we can return our ordered items if we are not satisfied with any one of them.

Other than these factors, we can easily get our chosen High School Musical Toys to give away as presents come Christmas Day on the Internet.