Are you a music teacher or do you know a music teacher? Our corporate member Travelbound is a music tour specialist and can provide tailor-made trips, 24-hour-support during the tour, concert marketing and more. Here they explain more.
If you’re a music teacher you’ll know that a music tour can bring countless benefits to your students.
The excitement of a foreign tour ahead will attract new students to your music department or music ensemble, help focus everyone’s energy during rehearsals and improve attendance. A tour will improve the cohesion of your ensemble and expose your students to new performance experiences and audiences. It will provide them with the most memorable and valuable experiences in their school life and influence their personal development and maturity. Hopefully, it will also inspire them to a lifelong love of music.
However, music teachers are often reluctant to arrange a music tour because they feel it will take too much of their time and their energy; they also find the prospect of organising a tour by themselves just too daunting. Think of all those risk assessments! And how to find the right accommodation? How can you source the right concert venues in a foreign country if you do not have personal contacts there? What if something goes wrong?
But remember: you don’t have to do it all by yourself! Although arranging a tour will undoubtedly take some of your time, using the services of a specialist travel company like Travelbound can help make the process stress-free and enjoyable.
How can we help you?
It all starts with a phone call or an email… We will discuss your plans with you and advise you of the best possible destinations and venues for your specific requirements. We are a small friendly and approachable team within the company and we pride ourselves on providing a truly personal service.
You will receive a tailor-made quote which is designed around your group’s requirements and expectations. There are no set dates for our tours and no set package prices. Do contact more than one travel company to get the best ideas and the best prices. With most groups planning their tour several months in advance, you will build up a close relationship with the travel company you choose so it is important that you feel confident of their offering and at ease with them.
Remember that when using a travel company, you will be able to benefit from specially negotiated prices which are often not available to individual groups thus making the most of your tour budget.
You will want to know that your money is safe. Look out for companies like Travelbound who provide full financial protection through their ABTA and ATOL bonding.
Safety is a vital factor when deciding to take a group of young people on tour. When choosing an operator, look for companies which are full members of the School Travel Forum and have been awarded full accreditation for the Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge scheme. This is in recognition of their commitment on risk assessments and focus on safety. You can relax in the knowledge that Travelbound has both. We also offer 24-hour-support whilst you are on tour so if for any reason things don’t go according to plan, we will be there to help in any way we can.
When using a travel company, you will be able to draw upon their knowledge and expertise to make the most of your touring experience: as a company, Travelbound have over 30 years of experience in operating student tours and have sent over 250,000 students on inspirational tours to the 4 corners of the globe. We can advise you on accommodation, venues, local excursions and fun activities based on what has worked for other groups similar to yours: no need to trawl the internet for hours, just ask us!
While no-one can guarantee an audience for all your concerts, a company like Travelbound will be able to draw upon a network of venues built over the years and will advertise your performance locally to ensure the best possible audience numbers are achieved. We will produce posters and/or flyers for each concert and make sure that your performance is listed in the local what’s on guides. We are also able to arrange joint concerts with a local ensemble, issue letters of invitations to local choirs and orchestras or link your performance with a local fund-raiser or charity event to ensure maximum visibility.
To find out more about how we can help take some of the pressure off organising a music tour, please do get in touch and we will do our very best to help you!