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Ethical Practices or Just Profit?

Posted by Jon Locke on Nov 5, 2018 10:34:30 AM

When Director’s Choice was founded in 1996, I was still an active music educator in the classroom at a high school in West Texas. My focus was on helping my students individually, as ensembles, and making the overall program better from one day to the next. I believed numerous performance opportunities and traveling as a group was vital to the overall advancement of the entire program. With our world getting increasingly smaller with technology and a voracious appetite for experiences out of their communities, students and families today demand to travel, learn, and perform abroad.

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Topics: Student Travel, Overnight Travel, Travel Finances, ethics, Trip Safety, Safe Itinerary

It's Scientifically Proven that Student Travel Matters

Posted by Stephanie Fox on Oct 16, 2018 6:40:02 AM

Student travel is transformational, and we can prove it. A recent study by the Student Youth Travel Association (SYTA)  gathered quantitative data from a representative sample of U.S. teachers for a reliable measurement of the social impact of domestic and international trips.

The findings tell us that the travel experience of students triggers a process of accelerated personal development, contributes to better academic performance and improves social interaction between young people.

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Topics: Overnight Travel, Educational Travel, Student Group Travel, Performance Travel, SYTA Accredidation

Navigating the rose parade and avoiding the thorns

Posted by Paul Davis on Oct 4, 2018 12:42:10 PM

It's a celebration more than a century old – a festival of flowers, music and sports unequaled anywhere else in the world. It's America's New Year Celebration, a greeting to the world on the first day of the year, and a salute to the community spirit and love of pageantry that have thrived in Pasadena for more than 100 years.

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Topics: Performance Options, Parades, Overnight Travel, Student Travel

Destination Leadership - Where Students Discover Their Best Selves

Posted by Marcie Truby on Sep 19, 2018 5:08:06 PM

This past July at Texas Bandmasters Association in San Antonio, I caught up with former music educator turned leadership guru, Jeremy Spicer. Jeremy is the owner of SASI – The Leadership People, LLC., a student leadership consulting firm focusing on the empowerment of young leaders.  Director's Choice and SASI have recently teamed up to offer Destination Leadership,  an exclusive customized leadership training seminar designed for your students as part of your travel itinerary.   

Below is an edited excerpt of my conversation with Jeremy from the TBA exhibit floor.  Check it out and learn how SASI’s leadership philosophy and workshops can be a great compliment to your overnight itinerary for your band, choir, orchestra or dance group.

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Topics: Destination Leadership, Educational Travel, Student Group Travel

Betcha Didn't Know: 11 Fun Facts about Colorado Springs

Posted by Stephanie Fox on Sep 5, 2018 8:59:41 AM
Adventure. History. Majestic views. Colorado Springs has it all, making it an amazing destination for traveling student groups. But it's more than rugged terrain and soaring heights. We've mined some little-known facts, some real golden nuggets, that we think you and your students will find fascinating!
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Topics: Affordable Travel, Destinations, Travel Benefits, Student Group Travel

Be a Teacher, Not a Bill Collector with Director's Choice Individual Billing

Posted by Travis McCullough on Aug 24, 2018 9:46:31 AM

“We’re going on a trip!”  Congratulations! You recognize the benefits of traveling with your group, and you’ve taken the time to wade through endless options to create the itinerary that meets all the needs of your program.  Mission accomplished, right? Not so fast…. Now that your trip is planned and approved, it’s time to collect money from every single person traveling, making sure your payments are met on time. This is not only a daunting project, but it’s also time-consuming and potentially risky.  

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Topics: Travel Finances, Individual Billing, Student Money Collection, Online Payment

Seeking Industry Ambassadors: Do we have what it takes to inspire you?

Posted by Stephanie Fox on Aug 17, 2018 10:13:00 AM

These days who doesn't read all the online reviews of a product before they buy? We place a lot of trust in other buyers, listening to their experiences as we make our own purchasing decisions. What is it that inspires someone to share their buying experiences? Not only do prospective buyers want to know what you think, so does the company you buy from.

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Topics: referral

Director's Choice and Epic Waters are Making Waves

Posted by Alan Hanna on Aug 14, 2018 1:07:32 PM

Make a splash with your band, choir or orchestra program this spring at the newest Music Across Texas festival event at the Epic Waters Indoor Waterpark in Grand Prairie, Texas. This exclusive festival opportunity is only available with Director’s Choice. Our festival at Epic Waters offers both a state of the art indoor performance venue and a variety of slides and rides to enjoy no matter the outside weather.

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Topics: Music Across Texas, Epic Waters, festival performance, Music Festivals

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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.

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