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 Director Academy is recognized as one of the finest and most comprehensive professional development experiences available. We strive to make it accessible to all directors!

Certificate of Attendance

Music for All will provide a Certificate of Attendance to two-time participants who are percussion instructors and color guard Instructors within the Director Academy.  This will certify that a person has attended two years of the Summer Symposium Director Academy.

Music for All will also provide letters verifying attendance for music educators for Professional Development credit purposes (where applicable).

2022 Music for All Summer Symposium

June 27-July 2, 2022

Leadership Weekend:
June 25-27

Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana

“Total Program Success” Curriculum

Directors at the Bands of America Summer Symposium will benefit from our world class curriculum for Total Program Success.  High school and middle school band directors as well as college students, color guard instructors, and percussion specialists will all learn systems and processes revolving around these core competencies:

  • Evaluation 
  • Visualization 
  • Prioritization and Organization 
  • Communication 

In addition, sessions will extend to topics such as: the big picture, content-specific pedagogy:  score study, conducting, show design, hiring designers, leadership, rehearsal efficiency, time-management, sequencing of content, lesson panning, season-long planning, ethics, SEL, interventions, finances, DEI, drill writing, music arranging, copyright issues, choreography, electronics, and more!

In addition to the core curriculum, directors will have opportunities to “major” in other areas for large periods of time!  High School Band, Middle School Band, College Students and New Teachers, Percussion, Color Guard, and Marching & Movement. 

2022 Director Academy Faculty

Nola Jones

Director Academy Coordinator, Bands of America Chief Judge Team

Greg Bimm

Director of Bands, Marian Catholic H.S., IL

Shirley Dorritie

Director of The Center for Performance and Achievement in the San Francisco Bay Area, Author of PERFORMING AT THE TOP OF YOUR GAME: Practical Strategies for When It Really Counts

Beth Fabrizio

Music educator, conductor, performer

Tony Lymon

Music Educator, Creative Designer

John Phillips

Adjunct Professor at Florida Gulf Coast University, Bands of America Chief Judge Team

Michael Raiford

Scenic and Costume Design, Show Creation

Richard Saucedo

Music for All Educational Consultant, Bands of America Chief Judge Team

Susan L. Smith

Lecturer in Music Education, Troy State University, AL; NAfME Southern Division President-Elect

Robert W. Smith

Composer, President and CEO of RWS Music Company, Coordinator of the Music Industry Program at Troy State University, AL

Alfred Watkins

Director of Bands, Lassiter H.S., GA (retired); Co-Founder, Musical Director, and Conductor, Cobb Wind Symphony

What will you learn?

View a sample of the 2019 Director Academy sessions

Scholarships for the 2022 Director Academy

Director Academy Concert Band

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

High School & 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!

College Music Educator Majors and New Teachers

Through a progressive curriculum, newer teachers and college students will come alive at the Summer Symposium! We will provide a “hands-on” education that will prepare young teachers to thrive, not just survive!  

Percussion Specialists

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 percussion world.

Marching & Movement Instructors

Learn up-to-date, cutting-edge techniques to teach students the fundamentals of marching and body movement.

Color Guard Instructor Academy

Also known as the CGIA, the Color Guard Instructor Academy curriculum will take you to a higher level in your teaching of dance, flag, and weapon.

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!

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