Unpacked

A Blog for Performing Arts Educators

    by Stephanie Fox on 26 February 2019

    Experience The Midwest Clinic through a Professional Development Trip

    Director's Choice has developed a special continuing education opportunity for up and coming music educators to experience the Midwest Clinic in...

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

    by MUSIC & ARTS on 16 January 2019

    Preparing Your Band for a Parade

    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...

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    Marching Band, Performance Travel, Student Group Travel, Parades

    by Madison Locke Chester on 18 December 2018

    The Music Festival Experience

    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...

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

    by Stephanie Fox on 16 October 2018

    It's Scientifically Proven that Student Travel Matters

    Student travel is transformational, and we can prove it. A recent study by the Student Youth Travel Association (SYTA)  gathered quantitative data...

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

    by Stephanie Fox on 12 June 2018

    Insider Tips to Planning the BIG Trip

    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....

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    Travel Planning, Trip Safety, Budgets, Destinations, SYTA Accredidation, Marching Band Trip, Performance Travel, Travel Advocacy

    by Johanna Feminear on 6 June 2018

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

    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...

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

    by Marcie Truby on 8 May 2018

    Disney Youth Programs Unlock Student Potential

    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...

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

    by Stan Mauldin on 14 October 2017

    Our Journey to Carnegie Hall: Changing the Culture and Motivating Kids and Community

    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,...

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    In The Classroom, Student Motivation, Travel Planning, Travel Benefits, Performance Travel, New York, Carnegie Hall