The Director 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 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

Director Academy Sessions

View the 2022 schedule of Director Academy sessions, with titles, presenters, and session descriptions.

“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)

Matt Black

Associate Director of Bands, Director of Percussion, and Sound Designer at Carmel H.S. (IN)

Patrick Mainieri

Participant Experience Coordinator

Andrew Brough

Band Director at Creekside M.S. (IN)

Adam Bruce

Percussion Specialist for Union Public Schools (OK), marching percussion arranger, adjudicator, clinician, and consultant

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

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Julie Duty

Founder and Executive Director of United Sound
Gilbert (AZ)

Beth Fabrizio

Music educator, conductor, performer

Dave Gerhart

Assistant Segment Marketing Manager, Education – Yamaha Corporation of America

Chris Grifa

Director of Bands, Clay M.S. (IN)

Susie Harloff

Division Head
Avon H.S. (IN) Marching Band, Director of Avon Cadet Guard

Christy Heber

Basson Studio Instructor (IN)

Wendy Higdon

Band Director and Performing Arts Department Chair at Creekside M.S. (IN)

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Fran Kick

Division Head
Leadership Division Head, Music for All Educational Consultant, Speaker, and Author of Kick It In & Take the Lead

Bobby Lambert

Division Head
Director of Bands, Wando H.S., SC, Former Western Carolina University Drum Major

Chelsea Levine

Founder of Seavine and Cymbal Technician for Rhythm X

Tony Lymon

Music Educator, Creative Designer

Kali Marquart

Former Director of Fairfield H.S. (IN), Former Instructor of Penn H.S. (IN), Jenison H.S. (MI), and Rockford H.S. (MI).

Major Ryan Nowlin

Keynote Speaker
United States Marine Corps

John Phillips

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

Gretta Pote

Director of Bands, Carmel H.S. (IN), Yamaha Master Educator

Mike Pote

Director of Bands, Carmel H.S. (IN), Yamaha Master Educator

Michael Raiford

Scenic and Costume Design, Show Creation

Bradley Rivera

Jeff Sacktig

Carolina Crown Visual Designer

Richard Saucedo

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

Derek Smith

Interplay Winter Guard, Jenison H.S. (MI)

Robert W. Smith

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

Susan L. Smith

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

Clif Walker

Designer and Front Ensemble Arranger with The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps, Director of the Youth Symphony of Kansas City Percussion, University of Missouri Marching Mizzou Drumline

Ja'Malh Wallace

Onyx Color Guard, Northmont H.S. (OH), Mandarins Drum and Bugle Corps

Alfred Watkins

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

Amanda Watson

Jon Weber

Division Head
Instructor of Percussion at Michigan State University

Jeff Young

Division Head
Music for All Director of Camps
President/CEO of Dynamic Marching

2022 Carolina Crown Faculty at the Director Academy

Jim Coates

Executive Director, CEO

Thom Hannum

Percussion Director & Arranger

Michael Klesch

Music Director & Arranger

Andrew Monteiro

Sound Designer

Travis Peterman

Percussion Caption Supervisor & Arranger

Rick Subel

Artistic Director

What will you learn?

View a sample of the 2019 Director Academy sessions

Director Academy Concert Band

Scholarships for the 2022 Percussion Specialist Academy

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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