Study in Havana - Music, Dance, or Photography!

Havana, Cuba

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Morningside Music Tours
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8 reviews
May 23 - 28, 2020
Group size: 5 - 15
Study in Havana - Music, Dance, or Photography!
Havana, Cuba

Morningside Music Tours
  • Facebook verified
8 reviews

$2450
Deposit: $500
May 23 - 28, 2020
Group size: 5 - 15

About this trip

Take this once in a lifetime, trip and explore  Cuba's rich culture and heritage.  With the success of our music tours, we have decided to expand our scope.  On this trip, you will meeting and working directly with Cubans, studying your choice of three disciplines: music, dance, or photography.
This is ideal whether you are a hobbyist or a professional, our teachers can adjust to challenge you at the appropriate level.


Spouses or non-musician friends are welcome to come along! Other activities can be planned for them including cooking class, cocktail making, and visiting privately-owned art galleries.
The first three hours of each day will include: - for musicians: daily private lessons, and ensemble sessions to prepare for a final performance.  Evenings will include trips to jazz clubs. - for dancers:  Study the various forms of popular and folkloric Cuban dance. The evenings will include trips to dance clubs. - for photographers: Havana is an amazing place for photographers: incredible scenes of a historic city with incredible images of city life. You will learn from a professional Cuban photographer and be taken to all the best locations.   Afternoons will be guided tours for the whole group. We will interact with incredible, dedicated Cuban musicians, dancers, and photographers who love to share their knowledge. We will be supporting and interacting with the Cuban people, not only from the private studies, but in numerous other ways by visiting art galleries, markets, and getting historical tours from our local guides.  We will stay in privately owned residences (casa particulares) similar to Airbnbs and dining in privately owned restaurants. The whole trip you will be learning about Cuba's fascinating history. 

* Our trip falls in the category of 'Support of the Cuban People' under OFAC/US Treasury guidelines. 

What’s included

  • 3 hrs./day of Lessons
    Pick your discipline: Music (lessons and ensembles), Photography or Dance
  • Lodging
    Lodging will be single or double rooms at casa particulares (comparable to 4 star hotel)
  • Concert Tickets
    Nightly excursions to jazz clubs or dance clubs if you prefer
  • Walking Tour
    Guided educational walking tour of Old Havana
  • Classic Car Tour
    Classic car city tour with educational stops at historic monuments
  • All meals
    Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
  • Ground Tansportation
    All ground transportation in air conditioned bus with bilingual guide
  • Bring along a friend
    options for spouses, friends and non-musicians include support of the Cuban people activities such as guided museum visits, history tours, dance classes, cooking classes, and private art galleries.
  • Airfare
    Airfare not included
  • Visa
    puchased when you check in at airport - $50

Available Packages

Single Room
Available until May 01, 2020Sold Out
$2450
Deposit: $500
Double Room
Available until May 01, 2020Sold Out
$2250
Deposit: $500

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Morningside Music Tours
8 reviews
Multi-instrumentalist Dan Fox started Morningside Music Studio in 2007 in Arlington, MA as a music school specializing in ensembles for adults. After bringing groups of students to summer workshops abroad in Genoa, Italy and Mallorca, Spain, it was clear that the combination of an immersive musical environment plus signature destinations made for a rich and fruitful creative experience! Morningside Music Tours provides the opportunity for musicians to learn new skills, perform in an exciting environment, and learn from the best.

Reviews

All in all this was a great trip and an outstanding opportunity to learn Afro-Cuban songs and rhythms. I really enjoyed traveling with and playing music with the people on the trip, and our Cuban instructors and tour guides were incredible. In the evening we saw some wonderful music at jazz clubs, restaurants, and at the Havana Jazz Festival. It seemed like everywhere we went, in restaurants and on the street, there was music playing, and it was a blast being able to get up and play along with them, The afternoon activities were great also, including the trip to Vinales, the tour of Old Havana, and car ride in the antique cars. And I can't say enough good things about the food. On this trip we stayed with Cuban families. I enjoyed talking with our hosts and learning about their lives. I would also say that I really enjoyed the city of Havana.
Thanks for the review and I'm glad you were satisfied with the trip, Eric. It was great to have you along and get to know you better.
By Morningside Music Tours on Jan 29, 2020
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This was the emotional high point of any trip I’ve ever taken ~ built around music, with such warm, expressive, bright Cuban musicians leading our every move, and touring us around fabulous Cuba, dining on exquisite cuisine in lush, beautiful settings. I could never have imagined how fabulous Cuba could be, its beautiful, colorful architecture, magnificent flora everywhere, and so hope to return soon, especially with Dan, who has perfected this trip after five years of honing its details, and so well knowing how to handle the people aspects of a group traveling together. Our Casa particulares was lovely, my suite mates on the trip ideal and caring, and the women who cooked our breakfast and brought us every convenience ~ so thoughtful and responsive. Here’s to next year!
Thank you Elsa, it was so great to meet you! You had such a positive attitude and you made sure you appreciated every moment. Thanks for the kind words and I hope you can make it next time as well.
By Morningside Music Tours on Jan 27, 2020
MM
This was the musical trip of a lifetime! Always wanted to travel to Cuba to soak in the music and the culture first-hand --and this was the way to do it. The planning, accommodations, meals, lessons and special events were handled extremely well. The highlight for me was getting the chance to hang out with Cuban people, whether making music together or simply riding in one of those cool taxi cabs. I'd make this trip again in a heartbeat!
It was great to meet you, Rebecca, and hear your wonderful flute playing! Thanks for the kind words and let's keep in touch for sure.
By Morningside Music Tours on Jan 27, 2020
MM
Highly recommend! We had an awesome time. Just the music lessons alone would have made the trip worth it -- getting to learn from and play with Cuban percussionists was out of this world! Throw in great company, beautiful weather, amazing food, live music everywhere and jazz shows every night ... could you ask for anything more? If you are thinking about going on this trip, you should stop thinking, and just go! I guarantee your future self will thank you.
Thanks for the kind words, Alice. It was great to meet’ Ziba and get to know you better. I look forward to hearing some of this new knowledge coming out in your drum set playing!
By Morningside Music Tours on Jan 26, 2020
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The Morningside trip to Cuba was a life-changing experience! Words to describe will simply not do it justice- the experience in itself was priceless! Met wonderful people all around- our fellow traveling companions and all our Cuban friends who were our guides, music instructors, and casa particulares hosts. We all felt right at home and well-fed. Wished we did a bit more walking to burn off the food! The trip was well-organized and exciting every day- immersed in crash courses of music lessons and Latin ensembles to captivating live music performances every evening! Should I mention the flan and mojitos were out of this world? Oh, and there were trips to experience the beautiful Cuban architecture and landscape from Havana to the Vinales Valley. Not often do you get to ride in colorful vintage cars daily! To sum it up- returned from Cuba with a burst of energy that will be surrounding me - the people, the music, and the scenery in vivid memory. The organizing team was brilliant and considerate to everyone's needs. Sign me up again, please!
Thanks and It was wonderful to have you along, Padma! I'm glad it lived up to your expectations and you will be the first to know about future trips!
By Morningside Music Tours on Jan 25, 2020
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