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 are recognized as some of the finest and most comprehensive professional development experiences available. We strive to make them 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.

More information on pricing for The Director Academy is coming soon!

“Total Program Success” Curriculum

All adults 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.

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 Music for All Summer Symposium, presented by Yamaha.

Join Us!

for the 2022 Music for All Summer Symposium

June 27-July 2, 2022

Leadership Weekend: June 25-26

Ball State University

Sample Schedule from the 2019 Directors' Academy

Sample Sessions from the 2019 Directors' Academy

Join us at the 2020 Directors’ Academy and participate in a wide variety of sessions from world-renowned educators and clinicians!

View our 2022 Summer Symposium faculty.

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

College Students 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.

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.

Marching & Movement Instructors

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!

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

David Starnes

Camp Director, Student Divisions

Norm Ruebling

Camp Director, Students

Fran Kick

Educational Consultant, Leadership Programs

William Galvin

Educational Consultant, “Get on the Bus” Coordinator

Directors’ Academy Clinicians

Bob Chreste

Sarah Dietrich

William Earvin

Dr. Stan Michalski

Daniel Morrison

Robert W. Smith

Coordinator, Middle School/ Young Teacher Track

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