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Midwest Success

Posted by Stephanie Fox on Apr 17, 2018 8:18:13 AM


Director's Choice has developed a special continuing education opportunity for up and coming music educators to experience the Midwest Clinic in Chicago. This opportunity is actually the brain child of our Director of Performance Alan Hanna born from his conversations with some of our music educator friends and clients. As a former music educator himself, Alan has a deep passion for the development of music educators and sustainment and advancement of music education in our schools. I sat down with Alan to really understand from an educator's perspective, what attendance at the Midwest Clinic in Chicago has to offer a developing music directors and their programs.

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Topics: Travel Planning, Travel Benefits, Destinations, Clinics, Performance Travel, Chicago

Choosing the Right Performance Helps Build the Right Vision

Posted by Alan Hanna on Feb 20, 2018 10:08:00 AM

As music educators, we all know the value and necessity of performance and festival participation, but with so many choices, how do you know which one is the right fit for your group?  

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Topics: Travel Benefits, Music Festivals

U.S. Army All-American Marching Band: Bowl Week Reflections

Posted by Chelsy Merrill and Christana Landress on Jan 10, 2018 4:30:15 PM

As music educators and long time advocates for all things music education, it made perfect sense for Director’s Choice to partner with the U.S. Army All-American Marching Band (USAAAMB) to help support the students and their families chosen to march in the 2018 bowl game.

We knew this partnership would be a good fit for us, since the USAAAMB supports our core mission and values, but what I did not anticipate was the impact that Bowl Week and these amazing young musicians would have on us.

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Topics: Travel Benefits, USAAAMB

Changing the Culture from the Inside Out: Motivating Kids and Community

Posted by Stan Mauldin on Oct 14, 2017 10:33:00 AM

All of us sat in that sophomore level Music History class in college and dreamt about the extraordinary band we were going to have someday. But, with a bit of teaching experience under my belt, and lots of trial and error, it occurred to me that empowering my students to make their band better is really the key.

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Topics: In The Classroom, Student Motivation, Travel Planning, Travel Benefits

Top 11 Reasons Why Students Should Travel

Posted by Stephanie Fox on Sep 26, 2017 10:06:00 AM

Did you know….

New data supports that student travel is more than just a good time. Travel actually helps students improve their experience in the classroom.

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Topics: Student Motivation, SYTA, Travel Benefits, Travel Advocacy, Student Group Travel

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A Blog for Performing Arts Educators

Director's Choice is passionate about furthering your classroom. We're not satisfied just being your go-to travel experts. Many of us have been in your shoes and know how much goes on in a classroom. That's why we've created Unpacked, a blog of curated content to help you reach students, plan effectively and create memorable performance experiences.

Unpacked brings you authors and guest bloggers from all over. Directors, travel experts, industry insiders, you name it! New blogs are out every other week with content and advice to help you and your students.

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