Music Education

Music Travel Consultants is honored to be Music for All’s Official Travel Partner. Music for All is one of the largest and most influential national music education organizations, actively involved in support of active music-making, Music for All uniquely combines national level programming and awareness campaigns, research and advocacy. Bands of America, Orchestra America and BOA Summer Symposium are three of Music for All’s best-known programs. Music Travel Consultants is also honored to be a part of the Indiana State Fair Band Band competition and Music Travel Consultants is also honored to be a charter member of SYTA (Student & Youth Travel Association), founded in 1997 to protect travelers younger than 26 years of age, Music Travel endorses and complies with SYTA’s strict code of ethics. In addition, Music Travel meets SYTA’s requirement that members have tour protection coverage of $200,000 more than that offered by NTA’s Consumer Protection Plan.

Music for All National Festival

Music for All is known for its outstanding competitive marching band events, under its Bands of America division. This includes the BOA Grand National Championships, when 100 or more of the finest bands from around the country take the field to compete at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis every November. But, did you know that since 1992, Music for All has presented the Music for All National Festival in Indianapolis each March? The founders of the National Festival dreamed of...
Miami Music Festival Trips

The Miami Music Festival

Performance opportunities are abundant in Miami. But there is one performance opportunity that is second to none: The prestigious Miami Music Festival. Providing affordable, world-class musical instruction and ground-breaking performance experiences to young artists and to the South Florida region is the marvelous Miami Music Festival's mission! Since its 2014 inception, Miami Music Festival has been proud to establish Miami as a premier destination for elite young classical musicians to train and perform. While the next generation of classical artists...
Benefits of Group Travel for Your Students and Program

Group Travel Benefits

Seek Adventure: Traveling the world brings out the inner kid in all of us.  Each new adventure brings a rush of excitement. Especially, group travel benefits our inner being and who we are. Exposures to new cultures, history, and sights expand our horizons, stretch our perspectives and bring the world home.  What if all your students could experience travel and its life-changing personal growth and character development? For your program, it could mean increased student confidence and leadership, teamwork,...
Trip Funding Treasure Map

Trip Funding Treasure Map

Trip Funding Treasure Map for Financial Support Finding a Trip Funding Treasure Map in a bottle that leads you to the funds needed for your music program would be a dream, right?  Our "low tech" treasure map, below, is not in a bottle, but it will lead you to trip funding treasures to support your upcoming trip and your students. Check out the links below, then apply for the treasures! Target Field Trip Grants https://corporate.target.com/corporate-responsibility/community/philanthropy/field-trip-grants Since 2007 Target stores have been awarding field...
Performance Day Pitfalls

Marching Band Health: Performance Day Pitfalls

It’s the day you and your students have worked towards all summer – Performance Day!  Not only is important to "ace" the music and drill, but the health of your marching band members is also extremely important. It can make or break your performance. Overheated, anxious, exhausted, hungry, and sick band members cannot perform at their peak, if at all. You can have the perfect top-notch drill and music, but without healthy students, you won’t ever begin to truly...
Avon High School Marching Band from Avon, IN warming up before a show.

Marching Season: Creating a Band of Incredible Athletes

Imagine: Your feet hitting the football field turf, in step, to the chirping sound of Dr. Beat…hot sweat rolling down your face; heart racing at 180 beats per min, exactly 162 drill spots to remember, 9 minutes and 29 seconds of music memorized, and don’t forget to guide to the drill formations and use all of your choreography…it all comes down to this - Leave it all on the field. And this is only one of many rehearsal run-throughs,...
16 Benefits Of Playing An Instrument

16 Benefits Of Playing An Instrument

Choosing to play an instrument is the beginning of a journey. One that is exciting, but often filled with struggle and hard work. It will require you to take in new information and master new skills. Listed below are some of the many benefits of playing an instrument. When you feel yourself getting discouraged, remember to keep these benefits in mind. I hope these encourage you to keep practicing. I promise, playing a musical instrument is worthwhile. In No...
Flying with a musical instrument.

Flying with Your Expensive Musical Instrument

Flying with Your Expensive Musical Instrument Commercial air travel presents special challenges for the musician who flies. Many instruments are larger than typical carry-on bags, and some are irregularly shaped. Certain instruments are fragile or valuable — or both. Here's some advice to help you have the best experience when flying with your expensive musical instrument. Selecting Flights Whenever possible, choose a nonstop flight, rather than a direct flight. If a non-stop is not available, pick a direct flight (has a stop...

Achieving Good Vibrations with Josh Ellis

Josh Ellis has been an educator for 15 years. He has taught all grades, K-12, in various Music, Humanities and Language Arts environments. A requested judge and clinician throughout the Midwest, Mr. Ellis is currently band director at Avon Intermediate School East, a feeder to the storied Avon High School band program in Avon, IN. Josh Ellis's students regularly receive "Gold, with Distinction" ratings at Indiana State School Music Association (ISSMA) contests, and he was 2013 Teacher of the...
Chaperoning a Performance Trip

Chaperoning School Performance Trips

It is great that you're interested in chaperoning school performance trips. Thank you! Your role is to help get the kids safely and happily through the challenges of their action-packed itineraries. You are an extension of trip leadership and a liaison to it for the students. Directors will have high expectations of you, and your number one reason for being on a trip is to support the leaders and kids.  As a chaperone, you must always focus on what's best...