Learn Art & Architecture
Choosing this destination for a history school trip gives teachers the opportunity to illustrate some fundamental historical concepts. As the Catalan capital, the city has played (and indeed continues to play) a pivotal role in the separatist movement. History teachers love to use Spain as a great example of a nation forged from multiple autonomous principalities by a monarchical dynasty. A visit to Barcelona is an education in the consequences of unity imposed by a ruling family who sidelined regional identities and political power. One of the historical attractions that we recommend to history teachers when they plan a tour here is the Montjuïc Castle. This bastion makes a good centrepiece for lessons that cover some of the key moments in Spanish history: the War of Spanish Succession, the Civil War, and Franco’s regime.
This is an excellent destination if you’re looking for a place to take your young musicians. Not only does the city have a thriving culture of music, but it also welcomes groups who want to play in designated public spaces. This gives you and your class multiple opportunities to put on live performances during your visit. Against the backdrop of a musical tradition that embraces classical, opera, jazz, Catalan, and Spanish pieces, Barcelona provides young musicians with an inspirational atmosphere. The city boasts several prestigious venues: the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona’s oldest theatre and opera house; the Palau de la Música Catalana; and L’Auditori, the home of the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra. When we help teachers organise a music tour to the city we suggest that they take advantage of 2 to 3 opportunities to get students to perform. You’ll have a choice of public and more private venues:
- A shopping centre plaza for a chance for a very public performance that challenges your group to contend with background noise when they are playing
- Santa Maria del Mar provides an opportunity to learn how to manage the unusual acoustics in a church
- Poble Espanyol, a unique neighbourhood designed in 1929 to showcase different Spanish architectural styles and to provide a cultural hub
- The resort where you are staying for a more intimate and private show
The range of venues has been chosen so that students can experience and adapt to the changing acoustics, ambiance and environment in which they are performing. There are few school trip destinations where music teachers can expose their classes to such a variety of performance conditions.