12 of the Best Musical Places to Explore

Whatever music genre you love, these are some of the best places to visit when you travel the world. From classical to hip hop and everything in between, these cities have many things to explore and discover.

1. Amsterdam, Netherlands
Why go/what to expect: Top EDM destination, dance music festivals like the Amsterdam Dance Event, Sensation, and more; trance clubs

2. Bogotá, Colombia
Why go/what to expect: Festivales Al Parque, hundreds of live music venues, rich and diverse music scene (bolero, classic, chamber, electronic, fusion, hip hop, salsa, traditional Colombian music, and more; Bogota Music Market

3. Bologna, Italy
Why go/what to expect: Top destination for opera lovers, La Scala (opera house), music festivals, orchestras

4. Chennai, India
Why go/what to expect: Famous for its carnatic music, kutcheris, music festivals such as the Madras Music Season and the Chennai Sangamam, Ananthaswami Centre for Carnatic Music, Madras Music Academy

5. Ghent, Belgium
Why go/what to expect: Rich music and entertainment scene with several musical festivals every year, Festival of Flanders, Jazz Festival, and more

6. Glasgow, Scotland
Why go/what to expect: UNESCO Creative City (Music), home to the World Pipe Band competition, musical venues, wide range of music genre from classical to contemporary, Glasgow Music Festival

7. Hamamatsu, Japan
Why go/what to expect: Home of the some of the world’s best musical instrument craftsmen, state of the art Concert Hall, Hamamatsu International Piano Competition, music festivals, Shizuoka International Opera Competition

8. Havana, Cuba
Why go/what to expect: Latin American music scene, Havana International Jazz Festival, Instituto Superior de Arte, music clubs, music performances

9. New York, USA
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Why go/what to expect: Hip Hop music scene, hip hop dance lessons, Graffiti Hall of Fame, Bronx Walk of Fame, music festivals, music venues

10. Salzburg, Austria
Why go/what to expect: Birthplace of musical genius Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Kammerspiele-theatre, Mozart Birthplace, Mozart Residence, Café Tomaselli, Salzburg Cathedral, Bibliotheca Mozartiana, Mozarteum

11. Seville, Spain
Why go/what to expect: Spanish folk music, opera performances, flamenco, Bienal de Flamenco

12. Vienna, Austria
Why go/what to expect: The Capital of Classical Music, city where famous musical legends like Beethoven, Franz Schubert, Joseph Haydn, Mozart, and more once lived; concert cafes, Vienna Boys Choir , Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, music venues

Creating Your Own Music-Themed Room

As they say, “music is the window to the soul.”

What better way to let everyone see this passion of yours by creating your own music-themed room?

Here are some tips and D.I.Y. ideas:

  • Just choose one. When it comes to music genre, that is. Will it be rock-themed or pop-themed? Jazz-themed or classical-themed? This is for you to easily gather the pieces you’ll need for decorating your room, as well as for these pieces to come together and to accentuate the said place beautifully.

piano and music sheet

  • Go for closely related pieces to your chosen music genre. If you’ve chosen a rock theme, you can go for pieces such as/or anything with electric guitars, ripped jeans, dark sunglasses, vinyl records, etc. on it. For a classical theme, you can go for pieces such as/or anything with violins, pianos, music sheets, ballet shoes, etc. on it.
  • Make a stage in one corner. For your room to be more “musically themed,” why not make a stage in one corner? It can be somewhere you can put your instruments on or where you can sing or dance on whenever you feel like it? Just remember to be careful when using tools such as hardwood, plywood, saw, hammer, and nails to prevent accidents and injuries.

Click here to learn more about the right kind of saw to use.

music notes

  • Paint the walls yourself. Part of the fun of decorating your room is being able to do what you usually don’t do. So, why not paint the walls yourself this time? Since it will be musically themed, you can paint musical notes or song lyrics all over one wall. You can even go abstract or just paint whatever objects related to music come into mind.
  • Most of all, don’t think of it as just another house project or something that needs to be done. It’s doing what you love and having it seen and understood by those around you. Even more so, nothing beats having something you truly love becoming the first thing you’ll get see as you wake up in the morning.

Also check out “music that CAN hang from your walls!”

Have fun creating your own music-themed room!

Becoming a Singer – Why It’s Easier than You Might Think


The technical aspect of singing can be an intimidating factor for some people who may be interesting in becoming a singer. Whatever your goal may be, singing is first and foremost a pleasurable activity. Lack of talent or ability, self-perceived or otherwise, should not be a reason to stop yourself from giving it a try. Who knows, over time, you may even develop a knack for it. But first, you have to start somewhere. Here is how learning to sing may not be as complicated as you might think.

Don’t let the technical jargon stop you

If you want to learn to sing, don’t let the technical jargon stop you. You may come across music terms and theories that may seem way over your head if coming from a non-musical background. But those are things that you can pick up eventually, especially if you want to pursue singing as more than a hobby. It would be impossible to learn the technical side at the get-go. So don’t let what you don’t know hinder you from getting started. Sometimes, all you need is your voice and the time to get started in singing.

Take it slow and gently

Picking up a skill is not comfortable, especially in the beginning. If you want to make it a pleasant experience, avoid putting needless pressure on yourself. Take it slow and be gentle with yourself. Make sure to do your warm-ups and follow suggestions or tips from more experienced singers or vocal coaches.

Keep practicing

Nothing beats practice when learning or honing a new skill. The same principle applies with singing. If you want to develop your singing voice, you have to keep practicing. Consider volunteering in a choir. Or you can join a group of other enthusiasts who get together to sing for fun.

Do it over and over

Sing when you want regardless of your ability. Pursue your interest or passion for singing regardless of how far it will get you. You do it because you enjoy doing. And sometimes, sticking with it can yield results that may be more than what you expected.