You want to share your love of music while inspiring your students. But where do you begin? At Forum Music Festivals, we’ve set up thousands of overnight trips for music students. Travel embraces learning, fun, and unforgettable reminiscences all wrapped in one trip. We’ve got a few suggestions to share.
- Talk, Talk, Talk. Start the conversation rolling with administration, parents, students, and other teachers who have taken trips with students. Learn the ins and outs of district requirements. And determine whether there is an interest in traveling among your music students.
- Where do students want to go? A trip won’t happen if students aren’t excited about the destination. Once a destination is defined, promote it everywhere!! In the classroom, at booster meetings, in newsletters, on your voice mail!! If you can wrap the destination into the content of other academic subjects, you’ll enhance your students’ experience PLUS another teacher may help you promote the trip.
- Find a tour operator or travel planner. You are a newbie at this – you need an experienced tour operator with contacts, networking, and suggestions for a stress-free experience. Collaboration is key – share what you want but be open to new ideas. We would love to help you on some awesome trip ideas. www.forummusicfestivals.com or www.forumtravel.org.
- How will we pay for the trip? Give yourself and your students plenty of time to raise the funds for the trip. Numerous fundraising ideas exist out there, but sometimes funding is available for the asking. Perform for various community groups around town or new store openings. Maybe your music students can “sing for their supper,” so to speak and use their talents to raise money. Host a spaghetti dinner or a pancake breakfast with entertainment. Host a silent auction with entertainment, of course. Or just “fill the bucket” by passing around a bucket during football half time shows.
- Think it out. Set deadlines for sign-ups. Ask for “good faith” deposits from the families. Plan, plan, plan, but allot some transfer time to get a group from Point A to Point B. Your students will appreciate some downtime for shopping, eating, and just being together with their friends.
- Just have fun. If you have fun, your happy, genial attitude tells your students that they can relax and have fun, too. They are making memories here. And so are you!