Learning English with Music

by / Monday, 28 October 2013

Music can help you learn English. It helps you copy the melody and pronunciation of a language as well as remember interesting vocabulary and understand grammar patterns.

So where else would be better to learn English than in Glasgow, which in 2008 was named a United Nations city of Music by the UN cultural body, UNESCO?

Over the years the city has continued to thrive as a centre for music and is home to the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Scottish Opera and the BBC’s Scottish Symphony Orchestra. The city boasts a wide variety of music venues ranging from the small and intimate, King Tuts, to the massive and ultramodern, SSE Hydro. It is possible to find events to suit all tastes and genres from classical and traditional Celtic music to rock and electro.

Here is a quick glimpse of the upcoming events in Glasgow:

  1. The Celtic Connections is an annual winter event that brings together the very best of Celtic music from across the world to celebrate the musical tradition and brighten up the cold Glasgow winter. http://www.celticconnections.com/Pages/default.aspx
  2. Scottish Opera brings to life a range of operas throughout the year. They were recently awarded The Renee Stepham Award for Best Presentation of Touring Theatre at the UK Theatre Awards for their production of La Traviata that toured throughout Scotland. Opera is part of Western musical tradition and dates back to the 16th century. It is an excellent way to better understand European history and culture. What is more, if you are under 26, you can get a ticket for just £10. http://www.scottishopera.org.uk/our-operas/13-14/turandot
  3. The Seats are comfortable and the light shows impressive. Why not explore the newly built spaceship shaped venue and see the all-American greats, the Queens of the Stone Age, in action. http://www.thehydro.com/events/queens-of-the-stone-age-15072.aspx
  4. One of the most visually stunning venues in Glasgow, St Andrew’s in the Square plays host to traditional Celtic music and folk singer/songwriters. The delicious Scottish restaurant downstairs is an added bonus. http://www.standrewsinthesquare.com/?page_id=19
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