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  • Keeping Your Music Students Engaged at the End of the Year

    Keeping Your Music Students Engaged at the End of the Year

    Download Encore Tours and BandDirectorsTalkShop.com's free handout with games, top tips and activities to keep your music students engaged at the end of the year!

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  • Learning to Fly: Rules and Regulations of Flying with your Instrument

    Learning to Fly: Rules and Regulations of Flying with your Instrument

    There's no faster way to ruin an overseas tour than to have your instrument held up at the airport! Read about the rules and regulations of flying with your musical instrument.

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  • Arts Matter Advocacy Day 2017 Encore Tours Recap

    Arts Matter Advocacy Day 2017 Encore Tours Recap

    On March 28th, 2017, Encore Tours participated in Arts Matter Advocacy Day in Boston. Read the blog for more about the experience!

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  • Arts Advocacy for Music Educators - Importance and Resources

    Arts Advocacy for Music Educators - Importance and Resources

    Arts Advocacy is extremely important for Music Educators to take part in at all levels - from school boards to national legislation. Read for resources and tips to become an effective arts advocate!

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  • NEW Rewards Program for Directors: Graduate Level Professional Development Credits for Recertification

    NEW Rewards Program for Directors: Graduate Level Professional Development Credits for Recertification

    Encore Tours announces its newest rewards program for Directors, Graduate Level Professional Development Credits for Recertification!

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  • Taking Your Ensemble to Costa Rica

    Taking Your Ensemble to Costa Rica

    A peaceful, green jewel of Central America, Costa Rica offers a safe, exciting and economical destination for your next international performance tour

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  • Taking Your Ensemble to the Baltics

    Taking Your Ensemble to the Baltics

    Take the road less traveled for your next – or first – European performance tour. Discover the Baltic States of Latvia and Estonia, long considered as hidden treasures of Europe.

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  • The Marriage Between High School & Middle School Band

    The Marriage Between High School & Middle School Band

    North Carolina music educators Todd and Katie Ebert talk about the importance of middle and high school band directors working together.

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  • Group Travel Videos: A Lasting Travel Souvenir

    Group Travel Videos: A Lasting Travel Souvenir

    Encore Tours partners with Group Travel Videos to provide a digital video souvenir for every traveling passenger and organization. Find out more about how to obtain your tour video!

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  • 29+ Free Organizational Tools for Managing Your Ensemble

    29+ Free Organizational Tools for Managing Your Ensemble

    A list of 29+ free organizational tools for managing your ensemble's day-to-day operations.

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  • The 6 Legal Rights of Copyright Holders as Explained by Abbie Betinis

    The 6 Legal Rights of Copyright Holders as Explained by Abbie Betinis

    Composer Abbie Betinis reviews permissions and licensing information for choral copyright holders in a recent Chorus America Webinar. This is a summary of the six legal rights of copyright holders.

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  • Top 10 Travel Tips for Your Encore Tour

    Top 10 Travel Tips for Your Encore Tour

    Featuring the top 10 travel tips for your Encore tour.

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  • 27 Safe Travel Dos and Don'ts for Traveling School Ensembles

    27 Safe Travel Dos and Don'ts for Traveling School Ensembles

    Retired band director, Andrew Yaracs, presents his top 27 tips for safety when traveling with ensembles. Download the Safety & Security Handbook at the end!

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  • Press Releases and Posting Your Ensemble's Press Kit

    Press Releases and Posting Your Ensemble's Press Kit

    The Ultimate Guide to Creating Your Ensemble's Press Kit explains how you can create and format press releases and post your materials to gain maximum visibility.

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  • This Gets Easier, Right?: Teaching Choir in the Second Year

    This Gets Easier, Right?: Teaching Choir in the Second Year

    Post Falls choir teacher, Melody Potratz, shares her experiences as she tackles her second year of teaching choir.

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  • Lesson Plan 12/13: Responding - Analyze & Interpret - Teaching the Core Music Standards

    Lesson Plan 12/13: Responding - Analyze & Interpret - Teaching the Core Music Standards

    Lesson plans 12 and 13 use ensemble travel as a way of teaching the responding category of the core music standards. The lesson plans focus on analyzing and interpreting music.

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  • The 5 Most Insightful Thoughts from Tri-M Scholarship Applicants

    The 5 Most Insightful Thoughts from Tri-M Scholarship Applicants

    2016 Tri-M high school members write essays on defining music as a universal language. This article provides the top 5 insightful quotes from these essays.

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  • Chorus America's Online Learning Program Sponsored by Encore Tours

    Chorus America's Online Learning Program Sponsored by Encore Tours

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  • Defining Music as a Universal Language: Interviewing the 2016 Tri-M Scholarship Winner

    Defining Music as a Universal Language: Interviewing the 2016 Tri-M Scholarship Winner

    2016 Tri-M/Encore Tours Scholarship Winner interviews on her "Defining Music as a Universal Language" essay. She shares her hopes for the future and thoughts on keeping music in education.

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  • Dealing With Adversity On Your Band Trip

    Dealing With Adversity On Your Band Trip

    Have A Plan B No matter how much planning goes into a trip even the best laid plans can be disrupted by the unforeseen. Learn to expect the unexpected when traveling. Always have a “Plan B.” Your...

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