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Getting the Most Out of Music Conferences

Posted by Paul Fox on Dec 5, 2017 11:00:38 AM

 

Music conferences offer students as well as seasoned musicians a wealth of professional opportunities. They are motivating and help recharge your battery. They even help set future goals. Consider music conferences an essential component of your training and career.

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Topics: Teaching Tips, Community, Travel Planning, Conventions

Advocating Ethics, Creating the Standard

Posted by Jon Locke on Dec 2, 2017 1:00:00 PM

Being ethical in business is the highest guiding principle of Director’s Choice. In fact, it’s the reason I started the company over 21 years ago. As a travelling band director, I wanted more for my students and more for the money they and their families raised. This is what being ethical is about. It was important for me to be accountable to my students and their families. I felt I owed my students more than the mediocre travel and festival experiences offered to us at that time.

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Topics: Community, Travel Planning, Trip Safety, Industry

Peer Pressure and the Power of Stickers

Posted by Nachel Konemann on Nov 18, 2017 8:29:00 AM

Move faster, learn more, and make it fun!

Just like many other band programs in Texas, my students have specific objectives they have to complete each nine-weeks. On my band objective cards I have in bold lettering “Only the band director can pass off objectives!” At my school however, I am the only band director so the 1 to 143 teacher-to-student ratio means it can take a long time to get through even one objective.

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Topics: In The Classroom, Student Motivation, Teaching Tips

Helmets vs. Hotels

Posted by Stephanie Fox on Oct 28, 2017 10:51:00 AM

How is student travel evaluated and vetted in your district?

It’s an ongoing priority for schools and districts to evaluate and implement policies and procedures to keep students safe. For instance, the effects of football related concussions have made news, prompting many school districts across the country to reevaluate safety gear and their procedures for purchasing this gear.

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Topics: Travel Planning, Trip Safety, Budgets

Websites for Directors: Make the Web Work For You

Posted by Devyn Bracken on Oct 22, 2017 10:45:00 AM

Why You Should Have a Website for Your Program

There’s no excuse to not have a digital presence these days and websites for directors is no different. An overwhelming amount of people take to the web to research and learn. Websites are the new business card and often frame the first impression of your program. Here’s why you should have a website in the first place.

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Topics: In The Classroom, Organization, Technology

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

The One Fun Meeting of the Year

Posted by Chelsy Merrill on Sep 26, 2017 10:25:00 AM

Thinking of traveling with your group this spring? We all know preparations and approvals to go anywhere with students can feel cumbersome and even a bit discouraging. Take heart! You are not alone in navigating the sometimes treacherous waters of travel approvals and buy in.

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Topics: Travel Planning, Parents, Meetings

Top 11 Reasons Why Students Should Travel

Posted by SYTA 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: SYTA, Travel Benefits

Tips on Traveling with a Marching Band

Posted by Jarrett Lipman on Sep 1, 2017 9:58:00 AM

Our high school marching band has hit the road each year since we opened in 2008. Along the way, I’ve discovered – through trial and error – what works and what doesn’t work when it comes to traveling with a marching band. Hopefully, by sharing some of what I’ve learned, I can save you from some “how not to do it” experiences.

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Topics: Marching Band, Travel Planning

The Fixer-Upper Band Hall

Posted by Nachel Konemann on Aug 22, 2017 9:37:00 AM

If you are anything like me, you are obsessed with HGTV shows such as Fixer Upper and Flip or Flop where people purchase a home and spend the next two months turning the house over for a profit or creating a beautiful home for a nice family.

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Topics: DIY, In The Classroom, Organization

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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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