Music teachers often seek out performance opportunities for their students in order to help them get accustomed to playing for audiences. In turn, such concerts could help teachers gain reputations for being solid instructors in a community.

Eventually, it becomes necessary for teachers to take their students on tour to enjoy increased exposure. That undertaking can feel complicated, particularly for teachers who are traveling with multiple people who are part of string quartets or vocal choirs. Keep reading for a few tips for going on tour:

Arrive at the Destination Together

There are a number of things that could go wrong when using several separate vehicles for transportation. Drivers could get lost, get stuck in traffic or experience car trouble, which means you could suddenly be without your top violinist or only soprano vocalist. Think about working with a company that offers used school buses for sale, after figuring out the desired capacity. Don’t forget to accommodate all passengers, plus their instruments and any other luggage.

Depend on Chaperones

Whether you’re heading out on the road with a group of gospel singers or a steel drum ensemble, the journey will be much easier if you share duties with several chaperones. Start recruiting people several weeks before your departure date, so volunteers don’t feel like you’ve shouldered them with the responsibility at the last minute. Try to pick a mixture of females and males who are fellow teachers, parents or just responsible people who love to see new places.

Make a Plan for Meals

Figuring out how to handle the dietary requests for everyone on your tour can be one of the hardest tasks. This is another thing you should start to consider early on, especially if there are travelers who don’t eat meat, have to avoid foods that contain gluten or adhere to certain eating habits because of religious reasons. To keep people from grumbling about being hungry or thirsty and avoid having to make frequent stops, suggest that passengers bring road-friendly snacks.

Depending on where you’re going, you might just want to research some of the restaurants that are easily accessible from the interstate and offer buffet-style options that satisfy everyone. Also, if your music students will be performing at a concert hall that regularly welcomes out of town performers, keep in mind the staff might cater food for you and your students as a gesture of hospitality.

Find Budget-Friendly Accommodation

Hotels can be expensive, but you can make things simpler by specifically working with hotels that cater to groups.  If you’re a member of a state music teachers’ association, use that organization as a resource to find hotels along your tour route.

Also, don’t overlook the less conventional options like staying in hostels. Some facilities are open to people of all ages and the YMCA even offers six different options in New York City. These possibilities offer safe places to stay that won’t blow your budget after just a few days away from home.

Hopefully, the information you just read has started to demonstrate that embarking on a tour with your music students is something that’s not only possible, but fun. Just try to plan in advance. Good luck!

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