Kids On Tour Musical Field Trips For School Children 25 March 2013 Admin Wedding Posts Field trips provide an integral part of any good education and the experience of travelling with a musical purpose is no exception. This provides a unique opportunity to experience the music of other cultures and nations and also perform in settings that would otherwise not be accessible to schools. Music is a fantastic force for good in the world and has a real power to unite people. Children who are passionate about music should be given as many opportunities as possible to engage with this global cultural phenomenon and travel to experience music in different settings and as part of different communities. It is a great way to combine their love of music with a broader cultural understanding and expand their horizons in general too. Making sure that trips such as these are as enjoyable and beneficial as possible is a responsibility that falls to the teachers and staff and there are a few key points to remember to maximise any such trip's potential. Encountering Music For any musical field trip music should always be the focal point, in particular the music of the country, region or community that you are visiting. This means that the destinations should be chosen in such a way as to give the students the chance to experience music in a way that they perhaps never have before. In a city or urban environment, the options are obvious an opera, an orchestral performance or perhaps a concert hall show. In smaller towns and in the countryside, the availability of big shows is reduced, but the possibility of encountering something truly authentic is greatly increased. Local people may be playing traditional instruments in a style that is no longer commonplace among the bustling diversity of a major city. Your pupils can then understand the importance of music at the grassroots or family level, as well as on a grander scale. Performing Music If you are planning such a field trip music should be performed as well as encountered, in order to give the students a chance to experience both sides of the coin, so to speak. Ultimately it must be remembered that for many children choosing to embark on a musical field trip, their first passion will often be playing an instrument, perhaps more so than listening passively to others play. The chance to perform for audiences other than their family, friends and teachers will be a hugely exhilarating one for them and will encourage and nurture confidence in, dedication to and enthusiasm for their talent. It will give them something tangible to work towards in rehearsal time and it will allow them to showcase any new skills they've learnt on the duration of their tour. Overall, musical field trips can be immensely rewarding experiences for the students, both in terms of expanding their own cultural horizons but also in giving them the chance to perform in an unconventional setting. Teachers and staff will benefit too, not least from the pride of seeing their pupils perform well. AUTHOR BIO: Martin George writes regularly on music field trips for a range of educational travel websites and blogs. He has worked as a teacher, as well as in a ski school and a music academy, so is well-placed to give an insight into this area.