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

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.