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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

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

Top 11 Reasons Why Students Should Travel

Posted by Stephanie Fox 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: Student Motivation, SYTA, Travel Benefits, Travel Advocacy, Student Group 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.

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