The Directors’ Academy, presented by Yamaha

At Music for All, we know that the most influential element in the success of students and music education in general is qualified, knowledgeable, and well-prepared teachers. The Music for All Summer Symposium Directors’ and Instructors’ Academies are recognized as some of the finest and most comprehensive professional development experiences available. We strive to make them accessible to all directors!

Super Saver Fee:

Directors, percussion and color guard instructors can enroll in the Directors’ Academy at the same price as students. Directors can attend this week-long professional development experience for as little as $119/day, all inclusive (view registration deadline and fees chart at the bottom of this page – Super Saver fee).

Deep discount for college students and teachers:

If you are in your first three years of teaching, then you can attend the full week for just $377! This includes tuition; housing and meals; concerts; and notebook of resources. That’s more than 30% off the regular price! Qualified participants can get that price by registering at any time before May 20. If you prefer to commute to camp, save even more with the commuter price of just $199 for college students/young teachers, which includes tuition, lunches, nightly concerts and the symposium notebook of resources.

Attend at NO COST:

Bring 12 students from your school and earn a scholarship for one Director to attend camp for FREE! Bring six to 11 students and earn a scholarship for one Director to attend camp TUITION FREE!

Our pricing model results from our organizational programming successes and growth in support from sponsors and donors. We’re passing these successes on to you by making attendance for you and your staff more accessible. Help us “pay it forward” by choosing to attend.

Join us this summer and expand your knowledge base, build new relationships and collaborations, and learn and explore the latest in pedagogy, techniques, and technology – all in an environment that is fun and sure to recharge or reignite your passion for teaching!

Certificate of Attendance:

Music for All will provide a Certificate of Attendance to two-time participants of the Percussion Specialist Academy and Color Guard Instructor Academy, certifying that a person has attended two years of the Summer Symposium Academy.

June 26 - July 1, 2017

Leadership Weekend June 24-25

Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana

What are the Core Components of the Directors' Academy?

Music for All offers tools that will allow you to achieve peak performance personally and for your ensembles. This is the place to get a head start on next year’s thinking, make connections, get new ideas, and learn new strategies.

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Graduate Credit Available

Music for All and VanderCook College of Music are partnering together to offer an outstanding opportunity for teachers to receive up to two college credits by attending the 2017 Music for All Summer Symposium, presented by Yamaha.

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Areas of Study in the Directors’ Academy at America’s Camp

Collegiates and New Teachers

Through a progressive curriculum, the Middle School/Young Teacher Academy at the Summer Symposium will provide a “hands-on” education that will prepare young teachers to thrive, not just survive!

Percussion Specialist Academy

Music for All offers tools that will allow you to achieve peak performance personally and for your ensembles. Hone your craft by working with some of the current rock stars of the Marching, Concert Percussion, Drum Set and Hand Drumming World.

Color Guard Instructor Academy

The new and improved Color Guard Instructor Academy curriculum will be expanded in 2016 to provide more opportunities for participants to choose what skills and levels will help them the most.

Middle School Directors

The “Nuts and Bolts” aspect of the curriculum will deal with the fundamentals of teaching 6th graders in a middle school setting. In a nutshell, we will fill the gap to teach you what you didn’t learn in college!

What are directors saying about the Directors’ Academy at America’s Camp?

Summer Symposium has allowed us to take our band program to a new level.

Practical hands-on knowledge and experiences that you can use in your classroom!

The Summer Symposium is a great experience, with quality educators!

Directors’ Academy Coordinators & Camp Directors

Gary Markham

Camp Director, Directors’ Academy
MFA Senior Educational Consultant

Susie Harloff

Coordinator, Color Guard Instructor Academy

Michael McIntosh

Coordinator, Percussion Specialist Academy

Robert W. Smith

Coordinator, Middle School/ Young Teacher Track

David Starnes

Camp Director, Student Divisions

Norm Ruebling

Camp Director, Students

Fran Kick

Educational Consultant, Leadership Programs

Richard Saucedo

Educational Consultant

William Galvin

Educational Consultant, “Get on the Bus” Coordinator

Parent/Booster Institute

Music for All’s parent/booster training and advocacy programs and resources are key elements in Music for All’s vision to be a catalyst to ensure that every child across America has the opportunity and access to participate in music making in his or her scholastic environment.

Learn about the Institute

What Should Your Child Bring?

June weather in Indiana is often unpredictable. Historical averages for this area range from 60°F-90°F and often include high humidity. Please keep that in mind when packing for camp.

See the Packing Lists

Staying in Touch with your Student

The Music for All Headquarters staff is unable to receive and deliver messages to students by phone, unless an emergency requires immediately delivery. If you wish to speak with your child during the week, plan your calling schedule before your child leaves home.

Learn How to Stay in Touch

Supervision and Health Info

Your child’s safety is our utmost priority. While at camp, your child is required to attend all classes, meals, concerts, and nightly floor meetings, where attendance is taken.

How we keep you student safe

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