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6 Questions To Ask Your Travel Provider

Posted by Erin M. Grigson on Jun 10, 2019 9:04:50 AM

Finding a trip at an affordable price point for you and your students sometimes means requesting multiple trip proposals and spending time comparing and contrasting them to make the best possible choice for your program. So with multiple factors like quad occupancy, meals, motorcoach, and multiple deposits to juggle, how do you ensure you’re making the right choice?

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Topics: Educational Travel, Overnight Travel, Student Travel

2019 Festival Year In Review

Posted by Erin M. Grigson on May 28, 2019 10:36:30 AM

The trips have been taken, the performances are complete, the awards have been given and another fantastic festival and travel season is in the books!

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Topics: Student Group Travel, Music Across Texas, Overnight Travel, Student Travel

FIVE TIPS FOR SUCCESSFUL GROUP TRAVEL

Posted by Erin M. Grigson on May 14, 2019 12:56:38 PM

From daydreaming about your destination to relentless researching restaurants to crafting your ideal itinerary, there’s nothing like the anticipation of a trip. But while you may be a well seasoned traveler yourself, traveling with a large group of students requires a few extra pre-departure preparations. Whether you’re dancing your way to Disney or living large in the Lone Star State, here are a few things to consider during the planning process.

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Topics: Student Group Travel, Overnight Travel, Student Travel

Snap it, Map it and remember your trip with the New Group travel video app

Posted by Erin M. Grigson on Apr 2, 2019 8:47:15 AM

Student group travel is all about creating and preserving once-in-a-lifetime experiences, and there’s no way better way to do that than utilizing the Group Travel Video app available as an add on to any Director’s Choice Trip. Whether you’re looking to capture memories or to virtually tag along with a traveling group, here are just a few reasons to consider adding the Group Travel Video Program as an enhancement to your trip.

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Topics: Overnight Travel, Student Travel

The Midwest Clinic: Music Education as Cultural Value

Posted by Rachel Horvitz on Feb 26, 2019 1:40:12 PM

Hear from our contributor Rachel Horvitz, Hill Country Middle School Orchestra Director and Midwest Clinic veteran, about what its like to be a contributing part of The Midwest Clinic's incredible history. 

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Topics: Overnight Travel, Student Travel

Is your Travel Provider Travel Safe Certified?

Posted by Stephanie Fox on Dec 5, 2018 11:55:32 AM

Keeping students safe is our number one priority. That’s why Director’s Choice has taken the initiative and formally adopted safe industry standards as well as developing our own rigorous TRAVEL SAFE certifications.

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Topics: Travel Planning, SYTA, Trip Safety, Liability Insurance, SYTA Accredidation, Travel Advocacy, Safe Itinerary, Overnight Travel

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

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