School Music Trips to Italy – Where Rock and Opera Meet

Perhaps one of the biggest discoveries that students on school music trips make is that there is a correlation between the lifestyle and culture of a country and its art and music. While German music is dense and heavy, Italian music, in its different versions, is quite melodic, light and airy in comparison – compare, for instance, an opera by Wagner with one by Puccini.

It is no wonder, then, that Italy is a popular destination for school music trips – the wonderful weather and fascinating culture make a valuable backdrop to explore the Italian’s treasure of music.

The Birthplace of Opera

One of the best reasons to include Italy on an agenda is that it is the birthplace of one of the most colourful and well-loved musical forms of all time – the Opera.

Many tour programmes – not just school tours, but regular trips organised for music lovers as well – include visits to famous operatic venues such as La Scala in Milan and, when schedules allow, participation in opera festivals such as those in Verona and Macerate, as well as tours of the birthplaces and homes of famous composers like Puccini and Verdi.

Of course, no school music trips could be considered complete without attending famous operas such as Turandot, Madama Butterfly, A Masked Ball and Aida – preferably in the opera houses where they are traditionally performed. If Sicily is on the itinerary, the very rare operas of Scarletti, considered the father of classical Italian opera, are a rare treat to enjoy.

Italy – Not Just Opera

While many accounts of Italy’s history as a music capital focus on opera, the reality is that the country offers so much more. From the folk music played at the small town piazzas to the lullabies that provincial mammas sing, and from religious chants in ancient churches, cathedrals and monasteries to contemporary rock concerts, many students find that even after several school music trips, there are always more musical discoveries to be made and more lessons to be learned in Italy.

School Music Trips- Where To Start

With the wealth of musical treasures available, it can be confusing to know where to begin when planning school music trips to Italy. A overview of Italian music history – covering the various operas and Italy’s famous classical composers – is best experienced in major cities like Rome, Florence, Milan or Venice.

High School Musical Gifts

You’ve got to admit it–High School Musical is hot! That’s why there’s a whole line of clothing available, not to mention the DVD releases, doll, a book based on the movie, and all the accompanying songs on CD.

Check out the High School Musical clothing line. You’ll find accessories like jewelry, cheer gloves, watches, necklaces and bracelets featuring your favorite characters from the movie. Show how much you love the movie by choosing HSM pajamas, or a fun character costume. You can even purchase a nifty set of shoelaces to round out your look. HSM clothing also features T-shirts highlighting charaters from the movie and the logo.

Bring your favorite characters home with a fun pair of Troy and Gabrielle dolls. Or, even a Sharpay doll with her own hair styling station. An HSM doll also comes in a variety of wardrobes. The dolls are suitable for girls of all ages.

And if you want to explore the world of HSM further, pick up a book. Read about behind the scenes of the movie, and read more stories about the Wildcats in their own High School Musical book. You’ll enjoy exploring the world of the Wildcats and reading the adventures of the whole HSM gang.

Presents for school children could include HSM backpacks or bags, pencil cases and erasers.

If you pick up the High School Musical DVD, you can have the best movie night ever with your friends. The DVD collection highlights the movie itself, or you can buy a DVD of the HSM concert. You can have a blast with your friends if you buy a High School Musical CD, and have a sing-along with the CD. The HSM CD collection features the movie soundtrack, a karaoke CD, not just for HSM 1, but for HSM2 2. You can also get Sing It for the Wii which allows you to sing along to your favourite HSM tracks.

Whether you shop for High School Musical clothing, choose a doll, watch a DVD, or sing along with a CD, there are plenty of HSM Gifts to enjoy, or share with a friend.