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Tips for Leading a High School Band and Choir Trip as a First-Year Music Teacher

The trials of a first-year teacher can be daunting.  You’re the fresh meat – the rookie.  Everyone’s going to have advice for you and perhaps, a little sympathy.

So, as part of your first year as a music teacher, you’re shepherding your charges on a high school band and choir trip.  You’re trying to remain calm and present an unruffled exterior, but the prospect (you secretly admit) hauls you up short.

You’re a little nervous!

That’s completely normal, but don’t worry.  We’re here to help with some tips for leading a high school band and choir trip as a first-year music teacher.


You’re teaching teens.  You’re taking teens on a trip.  Some of them are boys and some of them are girls, so you know there are going to be shenanigans.

But shenanigans can be contained when you set out the rules of the road right at the beginning.  Even your introduction to the trip should let students know that they’ll be held to a code of conduct while you’re touring.

Explain to your students that the trip is going to be fun and exciting.  Then explain that it’s not a free-for-all and that all of them will be required to sign on to the code of conduct you’re producing to keep them on the straight and narrow.

You’re the leader.

Just because you’re a first-year teacher, it doesn’t mean you’re not the leader.  Never let them see you sweat.  Take a strong lead by building excitement about the trip and explaining to your students that they’re all playing a part in making your excursion a success.

Going into the project with your own enthusiasm is an irresistible strategy for getting your students on board with needs like fundraising.  Explain that you’re working together to make this trip happen.  Get everyone to commit to the skin they already have in the game by boosting the value of working toward a common goal.

In command on tour.

With itinerary in hand, you’re in command.  But “in hand” doesn’t mean having the itinerary printed and clutched in a nervous, tentative fist.  It means committing the itinerary to memory, so your students are aware that you know exactly what you’re doing.

Be sure to pack little extras like bus distractions, first aid supplies and extra copies of sheet music (those tend to take a beating or get lost).  This puts you in the driver’s seat as the person with all the answers.  You’re ready to respond to questions and fulfill needs at the drop of a hat.

Having these items sewn up and ready will also give you some much-needed confidence, if you’re feeling nervous about going on the road with your students.  You’re in command!  Let it show!

Peak Performance Tours.

At Peak, we’ve got nothing but love for first-year music teachers.  That’s why we support them with more than 20 years of tour planning and logistical experience to make the experience smooth and enjoyable.

Contact us to find out more.

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