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Fundraising and Promoting Your Band Trip
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Lesson Plan 11: Responding, Select – Teaching the Core Music Standards
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What is the Role of an Encore Tour Manager?
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Little Known Repertoire for Orchestras: Elgar Symphony No. 1
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The Undeniable Benefits of Band, Orchestra and Choir Trips
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The Important Victories: Making Music and Enjoying It
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Handling Money for Your Band Trip
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Lesson Plans 9 & 10: Performing, Present – Teaching the Core Music Standards
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Rhythms International Music Festivals: All About Education
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Advice For New Band Directors

Fundraising and Promoting Your Band Trip

Fundraising: The Necessary Evil of Band Trips An essential part of planning a successful student travel opportunity is fundraising and promoting your band trip. Fundraising is often referred to as the necessary evil of travel! Here are some suggestions to make the process less stressful and more successful: Select a fundraising chairperson to organize a committee and schedule appropriate projects that will coincide with your trip payment schedule. Choose projects that your students, their parents and your community can get excited about and whose sales will provide a good profit margin for the students. For each project assign a person to[…]

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Lesson Plan 11: Responding, Select – Teaching the Core Music Standards

  STANDARD: MU:Re7.1.E.Ia Apply criteria to select music for specified purposes, supporting choices by citing characteristics found in the music and connections to interest, purpose, and context. TEACHERS: Create a mock situation for your students. Choose a time period, ensemble type, composer, city, specific event and venue (preferably of a place you are visiting overseas). Ask your students to write down their criteria for selecting music based on this situation. EXAMPLE SITUATION: A group is performing during Lent at the Salzburg Dom during Mass. STUDENTS: Based on the given situation, which criteria might one think about before choosing pieces to perform at Mass? Explain why this criteria was[…]

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What is the Role of an Encore Tour Manager?

You’ve just received your first quote for an international performance trip from Encore Tours. You notice in the inclusions a line item: “Encore Tour Manager”. And you wonder… what is a tour manager anyway? What is an Encore Tour Manager? An Encore Tour Manager is a highly-qualified Encore representative who is with you on your performance trip from start to finish. Most Encore Tour Managers are energetic multilingual Europeans or nationals. Over the years, we’ve employed university professors, film directors, journalists, musicians, business professionals and other creative achievers. Each of them is well-traveled and well-versed on every aspect of your itinerary. The tour manager is responsible[…]

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Little Known Repertoire for Orchestras: Elgar Symphony No. 1

Looking for a fantastic, but relatively unknown piece to perform with your orchestra? Consider Edward Elgar’s Symphony No. 1 in A-flat major. Rarely heard in the United States, I recently had the privilege of enjoying this underappreciated masterpiece under the baton of Benjamin Zander and the Boston Philharmonic at Sanders Theatre in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Symphony No. 1 is one of two symphonies written by British composer Elgar and was an unqualified success when it premiered in England in 1908. As the story goes, at the first performance the audience burst into applause at the end of the gorgeous 2nd movement[…]

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The Undeniable Benefits of Band, Orchestra and Choir Trips

As a choir director and employee at Encore Tours, I can say without a doubt that every traveling ensemble undergoes a transformation at the end of the tour that enhances their music program on both a group and individual level. Touring gives ensembles a sense of purpose and is an added incentive for being a part of the group. Band, orchestra and choir trips are not only beneficial for our musicians, but also for ourselves, as directors, as we are continually learning new repertoire, new techniques and directing skills to bring back to the classroom. Grow Your Program Touring is[…]

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The Important Victories: Making Music and Enjoying It

School has been out for about a week. As I write, I’m sitting in a coffee shop drinking an americano at 6:00 pm on a weeknight (since I don’t have to wake up at an ungodly hour of the morning!). Reality still hasn’t set in that I made it through my entire first year without any serious thoughts of quitting or meltdowns (none from me anyway). That in itself is a victory for a first-time teacher! Here’s a recap of the main events since my last post: The spring concert was on May 24th. Overall, I would call it a success. No[…]

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Handling Money for Your Band Trip

Band Trip Cost Per Student Once you have approved your band trip package you can lock in the cost for each student, chaperone and staff member. Most travel companies will provide a number of complimentary packages based upon the number of paying participants. You’ll need to decide how to use those packages and how you will handle your staff and chaperone costs. Most directors use the complimentary packages for their staff and spouses and provide a reduced trip plan for the chaperones. Your travel representative can assist you with working out these details and a pricing plan. To confirm your[…]

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Lesson Plans 9 & 10: Performing, Present – Teaching the Core Music Standards

  STANDARD: MU:Pr6.1.E.Ia Demonstrate attention to technical accuracy and expressive qualities in prepared and improvised performances of a varied repertoire of music representing diverse cultures, styles, and genres. TEACHERS: Think about how has each student has demonstrated their technical accuracy and expressive qualities with each performance. Provide written feedback to your ensemble, sections and/or individuals. STUDENTS: As an ensemble, you will perform your selected repertoire in a variety of venues on tour. You will receive a written evaluation from your teacher. Review the evaluation and discuss with your teacher. STANDARD: MU:Pr6.1.E.Ib Demonstrate an understanding of expressive intent by connecting with an audience through prepared and improvised performances. STUDENTS: During your[…]

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Rhythms International Music Festivals: All About Education

All About Music Education Rhythms International Festivals are about music education first and foremost, not competition. At most competitions you do not know who you are competing against (high or low). Many groups choose Rhythms because they really want to find out how good their ensemble is from the clinicians. Rhythms offers one full hour on stage so not only do you get to perform for the judges you then receive a master class and critique from them directly on stage following your performance. Though they are very honest and direct, they will educate and motivate your students during the remaining[…]

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Advice For New Band Directors

It didn’t take long for Tom Cox to realize his time in college didn’t fully prepare him for his first job as a young band director. All the great music he learned and performed while a student at Ball State University wasn’t going to help much at a rural Indiana high school with incomplete instrumentation and just 33 kids in band. He knows many new band directors can relate. “It was hard,” Cox said. “The biggest thing is to find someone in a good program nearby and hopefully they will be your mentor.” Cox was lucky enough to find mentors[…]

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