Music education hits the road
April 26, 2018 byÂ Bob Rogers Travel
A majority of our team of travel consultants started their careers in music education. From band to orchestra, choir to musical theater, our teaching veterans understand the impact music can have on students both in the classroom andÂ beyond. Today, weâre going to talk about the importance of that âbeyondâ and share the ways we incorporate music education into every trip we plan.
Studies have shownÂ that educational travel is much more than a standard teaching resource â itâs actually significantly more effective than traditional classroom instruction. Travel brings those classroom lessons to life in new, exciting and memorable ways for students. Weâve seen the value of these larger than life lessons most clearly throughÂ clinics and workshops,student performances, concerts and showsÂ andthe opportunity for independence.Â Hereâs how:
Clinics and workshops
Students engage with professional musicians and instructors on a completely different level than they do with the teacher they see every school day. Thereâs a sense of gravity that students experience during a workshop in Lincoln Center or Northwestern University that just canât be duplicated in the classroom. Sitting across from a master clinician, learning a new technique or simply learning about that clinicianâs experience as a musician is often the very moment that a student begins to dream about a career in music, education or travel. We enjoy the relationships weâve cultivated with clinicians and instructors across the country and take every opportunity to weave this âday in the lifeâ experience into our itineraries.
The stage of Carnegie Hallcanât quite compare to that of a high school auditorium. So the performances canât be compared either. As student musicians take the stage in some of the worldâs most renowned concert halls and venues, something transformative happens. To echoÂ Tour Director Russell Marcason, the same students that were cutting up on the bus two hours ago, take the stage as adults â as musicians â ready to take direction and make music together. Those moments on the professional stage stay with students long after the applause ends. Whether they pursue a career in music one day or not, performing âprofessionallyâ changes young performers forever.
Concerts and shows
Sometimes the most impactful experiences on tour donât take place on the stage, but rather from the audience. The Broadway shows, philharmonic concerts and other performances that students have the opportunity to enjoy on tour are almost always their first experience with live, professional theater or music. As they sit in the dark, holding their programs, small seeds of âwhat ifâ are planted. âWhat if I could play violin with the Chicago Symphony?â âWhat if I could play Eliza Hamilton on Broadway?â âWhat if I could be a Music Director?â We love hearing the stories of those âwhat ifsâ that blossomed into musical careers for students weâve traveled with. Itâs why we do what we do!
Beyond the music, when students travel one of the best teachers is independence. Mom and dad arenât there to remind you to be on time for rehearsal, remember your uniform or help you manage your money. Students grow up before our eyes on tour, as they realize that, most likely for the first time, theyâre *almost* on their own. Students typically return home with more confidence, respect and responsibility.
The work that teachers and directors do in the classroom lays an incredible foundation for student performers. Itâs our privilege to partner with educators to incorporate travel into the important work theyâre already doing. Want to know more about the educational opportunities in your dream destination?Â Contact usÂ and weâll give you the details on the unique clinics, workshops, performances and venues in the cities we travel to.