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Experience The Midwest Clinic through a Professional Development Trip

Posted by Stephanie Fox on Feb 26, 2019 11:45:45 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

Preparing Your Band for a Parade

Posted by MUSIC & ARTS on Jan 16, 2019 2:26:04 PM

What do New Year’s Day and Thanksgiving have in common? Parades! While millions of people across the country tune in to the Rose Parade and Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, thousands of saxophonists, percussionists, and trombonists are working harder than they ever have before. They might make it look oh so easy (and oh so fun!), but the truth is that there’s a lot of hard work and preparation that goes into marching in a parade.

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Topics: Marching Band, Performance Travel, Student Group Travel, Parades

The Music Festival Experience

Posted by Madison Locke Chester on Dec 18, 2018 2:04:10 PM

It’s Performance Day! Whether you are a first-year teacher, 10-year veteran or a performing student, performance day brings with it a rush of emotions for everyone. Excitement, nerves, and expectations are high.

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Topics: Music Festivals, Performance Travel, Performance Options, festival performance, Music Across Texas

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

Insider Tips to Planning the BIG Trip

Posted by Stephanie Fox on Jun 12, 2018 6:30:00 AM

We polled our most experienced student travel experts and have boiled down the 5 top tips to help you begin planning your group's overnight trip. Unlike traveling with your family, moving 75 to 100 kids and making sure they have food and a place to sleep in an unfamiliar city can be a challenge.

As early as 18 months before departure you should start thinking about your trip to ensure a safe and fun travel plan with plenty of student and parent participation.
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Topics: Travel Planning, Trip Safety, Budgets, Destinations, SYTA Accredidation, Marching Band Trip, Performance Travel, Travel Advocacy

Take a Bite Out of the Big Apple: NYC for Students

Posted by Johanna Feminear on Jun 5, 2018 7:15:00 PM

With so many opportunities for students in New York City, planning a trip to the Big Apple can be daunting. While building an itinerary that keeps your students occupied is never an issue in NYC, it is easy to become overwhelmed by the size and scope of the city and all its offerings. Be aware of cramming too much into your itinerary -- that’s sorta like trying to eat an apple in a single big bite! If you do that, you'll miss the flavor, the texture, and the crunch; and if you aren't careful, you may end up choking!

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Topics: Destinations, Marching Band Trip, Performance Travel, New York, Student Group Travel, Affordable Travel, Safe Itinerary

Disney Youth Programs Unlock Student Potential

Posted by Marcie Truby on May 8, 2018 7:00:00 AM

You may be familiar with Beyond the Clef, a podcast by music educators for music educators. We have expanded Beyond the Clef by creating a Travel Series since we all know travel can be a great way to recruit and retain students by offering them experiences they cannot get inside the classroom. I am excited to share with you a sneak peek at one of our first Travel Series Episodes featuring Dan Stuby, Sales Manager at Disney Youth Programs.

I sat down at TMEA this past February with Dan. Dan and Disney have been long time partners of Director’s Choice because they offer so many unique and inspiring opportunities for our performing groups. However, don't just take my word for it. Take a look at this excerpt from our conversation. For the full interview, watch or listen to the podcast here.

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Topics: Disney, Marching Band Trip, Clinics, Performance Travel, Workshops

Our Journey to Carnegie Hall: Changing the Culture and 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, Performance Travel, New York, Carnegie Hall

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    About Unpacked

    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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