Have you ever wanted to learn a traditional instrument? Yes? Perfect, because then we can offer you the ideal language program to join a Spanish course in Cusco. At Amauta, our partner school in Peru, they offer an Andean Music class where you can learn how to play a traditional Andean instrument and the typical melodies on the Andean Panpipe. It is very easy to learn and makes a lot of fun. After only one hour of practice you will know how to play the traditional Andean instrument. While taking a Spanish course in Cusco you will profit twice as much. After the course you will be able to play a traditional Andean instrument and by the way you will practice your Spanish skills.
As I walked down the hall at Amauta Spanish School I heard the faint lingering sound of the panpipe playing the Sound of Silence wafting from our common space. As I moved closer, I was impressed when I saw a student playing the entire song within only a few minutes of the start of the class. I was so captivated that I sat to watch for a few minutes.
Fun Fact: Try not to laugh too hard with your friends when playing the panpipe! I could not stop smiling when I saw how much fun the students were having fun together. The panpipe requires a quick and strong breath to make the proper sound, which is not easy when the whole room is giggling.
The instructor guides each student through the song and how to make the proper notes. By the end of the class each student felt so proud by their accomplishment of learning a new song and being part of the music class at the Amauta Spanish school.
Music was an essential part of Inca society, often associated with spiritual rituals, warfare, or agriculture. There were countless songs, tunes and dances relating to the weather, rain, domestic and wild animals or songs used for storytelling, to report historic facts, myths as well as legends. Andean music was always a collaborate and multigenerational activity, never performed by an individual.
Today, Cusco is known for its preservation of indigenous customs, dance, language, clothing and music. This traditional panpipe music is most common in the Andean rural communities. Today, the music is not only used as entertainment but as a preservation method of the nation’s cultural and historical identity.
Our partner school in Cusco offers a special course “The Spanish and Culture” course to learn more about the exciting culture and history of the Inca people. So if you want to get more information, do not hesitate to take a look of the mentioned link.
The music is often played and performed with lavish and ornate costumes, masks, traditional dances and high-pitched, nasal singing. The sounds from the panpipe can be adapted to almost any emotion including happiness, longing, loneliness, tranquility and excitement. The panpipe brings a sense of community to all who listen to the tasteful, beating and rhythmic melodies. There is nothing like listening to the spiritual tunes while watching the sunrise or the sunset.
After reading this information, have you become interested in a music class in the beautiful and traditional Cusco? If that is the case, that you have become curious you can read more about our Spanish courses in Cusco.
After your Spanish course in Cusco and taking part in Amauta's free music class, you will be able to understand the Inca culture a lot better. The traditional music in an essential component of cooperation and support of their culture and it simplifies you to make friendships with other students and we will be sure that you will have a nice time.
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