School music trips offer a number of benefits to students and can achieve a variety of goals. Travelling somewhere new to play can reignite passion in students, teach important skills and improve behaviour and performance in the classroom.
School trips are generally planned to allow for new and exciting learning opportunities and a school music trip is no different. Just because the trip has more of a focus doesn’t mean that any of the educational benefits are any less, in fact they can often be more. Taking your choir or band on a tour will help to motivate your students while they go about learning important new skills and, as a reward, will help to improve classroom behaviours and attendance.
Even the most dedicated of music students will encounter difficulties along the way. Playing an instrument requires real attention and practice and this can sometimes be difficult as friends and social occasions become more and more prominent in their lives. Additionally, students may face a period where their passion dwindles due solely to the musical direction of a class and their own personal taste so the opportunity to get out and play for audiences not composed of their friends and families alone can be exhilarating.
Travelling to new countries and immersing themselves in new musical forms and traditions can also help to reignite flagging interest in a fun way with little pressure. You may find students taking up new instruments or falling in love with new genres once they are exposed to them.
Learning New Skills
On any school trip students will learn a variety of skills including taking responsibility for themselves and budgeting but a music trip has the opportunity for so much more. Tour trips allow for a variety of performance experiences from small intimate venues to larger ones wherein all the attendees are strangers. This can help to build confidence and performance skills which are vital for any musician.
Additionally, a well-planned music trip will provide ample opportunity to explore new musical forms and native instruments which may very well capture a student’s imagination. Learning these types of new skills can offer immeasurable benefits to the student and to the music program as a whole.
School music trips are specific to the students in the music department and act as an excellent reward for good behaviour and performance. Strict criteria should be set surrounding who will be able to attend the trip and students who wish to go will require to meet these set standards. This can help to improve classroom behaviours and attendance at rehearsals while also providing valuable life lesson regarding responsibility. Hard work is rewarded and it is never too early to learn that lesson.
A music trip is an exciting opportunity to test the limits and learn a variety of new skills. Students will be excited and motivated and the opportunities for growth begin well before the excursion sets off.