Unpacked

A Blog for Performing Arts Educators

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by Erin M. Grigson on 2 April 2019

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

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...

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Overnight Travel, Student Travel

by Rachel Horvitz on 26 February 2019

The Midwest Clinic: Music Education as Cultural Value

Hear from our contributor Rachel Horvitz, Hill Country Middle School Orchestra Director and Midwest Clinic veteran, about what its like to be a...

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Overnight Travel, Student Travel

by Stephanie Fox on 5 December 2018

Is your Travel Provider Travel Safe Certified?

Keeping students safe is our number one priority. That’s why Director’s Choice has taken the initiative and formally adopted safe industry standards...

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

by Jon Locke on 5 November 2018

Ethical Practices or Just Profit?

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...

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

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 Paul Davis on 4 October 2018

Navigating the rose parade and avoiding the thorns

It's a celebration more than a century old – a festival of flowers, music and sports unequaled anywhere else in the world. It's America's New Year...

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Performance Options, Overnight Travel, Student Travel, Parades