General Information

How do I enroll in Summer Symposium (Camp)?
How do I make an additional payment installment towards an existing camp registration?

You need to have your Registration ID from your confirmation email to make a payment.

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How do I modify my registration?

You need to have your Registration ID from your confirmation email to an existing registration.

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What is the latest date for enrollment?

May 20, 2022 is the deadline to enroll without late fees. After that, you will be charged $75 as a late fee.

How much does it cost to attend? When is the payment due?

Visit the Dates, Rates, and Travel page to see all fees and payment information.

What is included in the fee?

The fee includes tuition, housing, meals, and tickets to all evening concerts. Transportation costs are not included.

What is a division and how does it work? Can I be in more that one division?

A student division is kind of like a major for your time at Camp. You can be in the Drum Major Institute, Marching Band, Percussion, Color Guard, or the Music Production Boot Camp.

You cannot choose more than one division.

Can parents attend the final concert?

All Final Performances are free and open to all parents and family members who wish to attend. They will begin at approximately 10:00 a.m. ET and conclude at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 2. The Symposium concludes immediately after the final performances.

Dorm checkout will begin after the performances have been completed. 

Please Note: All students are required to stay until 12:00 p.m. for the conclusion of the final performances. Exceptions will be made for students who turn in an Early Departure Form (completed and signed by a parent/guardian) at check-in at the beginning of Camp.

What hotel accommodations are available in Muncie for parents?

Parents will need to make hotel accommodations on their own. Hotel rooms in Muncie are in limited supply (especially at the end of camp when Drum Corps fans are in town) so we suggest you do your research and make your plans early. Hotels that Music for All has used in the past have included: Hampton Inn, Fairfield, and the Courtyard Muncie in Downtown Muncie.

How can I keep in touch with what's happening at Camp?

We invite you to connect with the Summer Symposium through Music for All’s social media outlets. Find all the details here:


Learning Environment


How does the daily schedule work?

While at camp, students are required to attend all classes, concerts, and floor meetings. The following is a basic schedule from approximately 7:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. every day:

  • Breakfast
  • Morning Classes
  • Lunch
  • Afternoon Classes
  • Dinner
  • Evening Class
  • Special Concert
  • Mandatory Floor Meeting
  • Bed Check
  • Lights Out

** Each division’s schedule will be available online during the week of camp.

Who teaches the students during the week?

The Music for All Summer Symposium is known for bringing in renowned teachers and artists. The directors and master class teachers are highly qualified, student-centered educator musicians.

What if my child needs an instrument to use that week?

Students should being their instrument with them to camp. Students in the Marching Percussion division should plan on bringing their own or school-borrowed instrument if possible; if needed, a limited quantity of marching percussion instruments will be available to borrow. If a student has an issue bringing an instrument, we might be able to accommodate needs should they arise. Contact us at


Student Life

What is appropriate attire for the week of Camp?

Comfortable attire – shorts, jeans & t-shirts – are appropriate for the Camp week.

No clothing with inappropriate/offensive language. No boxer/spandex/short short, halter/tube tops, or swimwear is allowed.

Marching Band, Drum Major Institute, Marching Percussion, and Color Guard will be outside for the majority of the day, and should dress accordingly.

Most indoor sessions will be in air conditioning. You may want to bring layers and dress accordingly.

How are students supervised during the week? (and what is a SWAG?)

The SWAG Team members are the Music for All Camp’s counselors, teaching assistants, and superheroes. They are selected by vigorous application process, undergo a background check, and carry forward the 35 year tradition of ensuring safe, positively life-changing experiences for campers.

What do I wear for their final performance?

Final performance attire varies by Student Division.

Marching Band: For the DCI show and Final Performance, each student should wear khaki shorts, athletic shoes, and the performance T-shirt that will be given to them during camp. No hats, sunglasses, or jewelry will be worn for these performances.

Percussion: Marching Percussion same dress code as Marching Band above.

Color Guard: Students will wear dark (black, dark gray, dark blue) shorts, white top or t-shirt, and tennis shoes.

Drum Major Institute: Students will wear khaki shorts. No jeans, please.

Where do I stay at Ball State?

Students will stay in a dorm room with one other student; Music for All will email the housing assignment in late May/early June.

Can I request a specific roommate?

Yes, you may request a specific roommate, but the two of you MUST be arriving and departing on the same day. For instance, if you arrive on Friday night and your friend arrives on Saturday morning, you cannot be roommates. Each room houses two students. Requests can be indicated on the Student Registration Form; requests must be mutual. Music for All will make every effort to accommodate rooming requests.

Please note that if you add a roommate request after May 20, you will be charged a $20 late change fee.

How many students will be in each dorm room?

Two – You and a roommate. There are no exceptions.

When does the meal plan start?

If you are participating in Leadership Weekend, your meals start at Dinner on Saturday, June 25.

If you are participating in full-week camp ONLY, your meals start at Dinner on Monday, June 27.

How can I contact my child in case of an emergency at home?

To reach Music for All while we are on-site (June 24 – July 2), please call 877-643-6043.

Headquarters Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. Daily, Friday, June 24 – Friday, July 1; 8:00 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturday, July 2.

How will I be contacted if there is an emergency at Camp?

If there is an emergency at camp, Music for All will contact the “Emergency contact” that was listed on your student’s registration form. Please make sure that phone numbers listed will be the best to reach you at.

Travel & Packing Information

Where does Camp take place?

Camp is held on the campus of Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. Muncie is about 90 minutes from the Indianapolis International Airport.

How do I get from the Indianapolis International Airport to the Ball State campus?

You can reserve a spot on our shuttle. This shuttle is an additional fee and information about the shuttle reservations will be emailed to you (and posted on the website).

Where do I go when I arrive at Ball State?

Please head to your dorm first to get your key and drop off your stuff, and then visit the registration when it opens in the Recreation Building on the corner of Neely St. and McKinley Ave.

How does Early Arrival work?

Early arrival check-in will be on Friday, June 24 (for Leadership Weekend Experience students who have arranged for early arrival) or Sunday, June 26  (for Full-Week Symposium students who have arranged for early arrival). Early arrival check in on both days are from 7:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. at the designated residence hall.

During check-in, students will receive information about MFA-sponsored events, and a specific time for them to return to the residence hall for a floor meeting and room check that evening. After moving into the residence hall, unless directly supervised by their parent/guardian or teacher, we require students to attend the MFA-sponsored activities for the afternoon and evening.

What is the latest time I can arrive on Sunday for Early Arrival?

The latest someone will be at the registration table will be 10:00 p.m. If you have to arrive later than that, please call 877-643-6043 so we can have someone at the dorm to let you in.

Do I have an audition or hearing when I arrive at Camp?

Requirements for placement hearings vary by division, indicated below. If applicable, more specific details and/or materials will be sent by the end of May.

Color Guard will have placement hearings on Monday morning before Opening Session at 1 PM.

The Marching Band and Marching Percussion Divisions will have short placement hearings during the division’s first session on Monday afternoon.

The Drum Major Institute does not have hearing requirements.

The Music Production Boot Camp has requirements for sharing examples of your work prior to arriving to Camp. After registering for this division, you will be sent more detail about what and how to submit this material.

This varies by division – for full details, please view the Audition and Track information document sent in the Final Camp Information.


What time does Camp end on Saturday?

Camp ends at 12:00 p.m. ET on Saturday afternoon. Campers booking flights from the Indianapolis International Airport should try to aim for flights leaving after 4:00 p.m. ET.

I need to leave Camp before 12:00 p.m. on Saturday. How do I arrange that?

If you have to leave early, please submit the Early Departure Form and give it to your SWAG at Check-in. Please note that you will miss final performances if you leave before 12:00 p.m. ET

What should my student bring with them to Camp?

A recommended packing list can be found on the Music for All website at

*in addition to the general packing list, make sure you review the division specific packing lists at the bottom of the page. An updated version of this list will be posted and sent by the end of April

How do I ship my instrument/equipment to and from Camp?

Please notify Music for All of any instruments or additional equipment you will be shipping to the Summer Symposium as soon as possible.

You will need to ship the package so that it arrives no earlier than Tuesday before Camp and no later than the day before you arrive. REMEMBER: All Mail MUST Go Through Campus Processing, so please allow for an additional day or so for the shipment to reach its destination.

You can schedule a return shipment ahead of time if you’d like, or your SWAG can help you schedule one at the end of Camp.

Are there refrigerators in the dorm rooms?

No. Please don’t bring mini-fridges with you.

Can I bring a laptop/tablet?

Though laptops/tablets are allowed, students are encouraged to leave these expensive items at home. The busy schedule will allow little time to use them during the week.

Can I bring my mobile phone?

Student cell phones are permitted; however, they must be turned off during sessions and concerts.

What items are prohibited from the Summer Symposium?

The following items are prohibited from the Music for All Summer Symposium:

  • rollerblades
  • skateboards
  • scooters
  • coffee makers
  • bicycles
  • non-performance weapons of any type, such as pocket knives, Swiss Army knives, etc.
  • Juuls, vaporizers, e-cigarettes, or any form of tobacco/nicotine products
I'm driving to Muncie. Where can I park?

You can park near your dorm when you arrive, and you will receive a parking pass and instructions about where to park when you check in to your dorm. Please note that students who are staying on campus will be asked to turn their car keys into their SWAG at Check-in. If you’re a Commuter, you will be given a parking pass at Registration.


What if a student has allergies or food restrictions? Can you accommodate them?

Yes. Please make us aware of any restrictions in the Medical Information portion of the registration process. It would be a good idea to let your SWAG know about it, too.

If a student has medical issues or restrictions, how is it handled?

Please make us aware of any issues in the Medical Information portion of the registration process, and please check in with the nurse and your SWAG when you come to registration.

Is there a nurse on staff at Camp? Can I speak with him/her before Camp starts?

Yes, there is a nursing staff on-site 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You and/or your student will be able to speak with the Head Nurse at Registration about any concerns you have. If you absolutely must speak with the nursing staff before Camp begins, please call us at 800-848-2263 or email us at

How are student medications handled?

In order to ensure the safety of all students on campus, all students with prescription medication (with the exception of insulin, inhalers, and EpiPens) are required to turn the medication over to the camp nurse during Check-In.

Please note that the nursing staff can ONLY distribute medication that is provided by the student at check-in.


In what time zone is Muncie?

Muncie is in Eastern Time Zone.

Do I need to bring any money?

We encourage students to bring additional cash for souvenirs, snacks, and memorabilia from the artists performing each night.

What is the weather like in Muncie in the summer?

Indiana weather is unpredictable, but you can expect the weather mostly to be hot and humid. Temperatures typically range from 60 to 90 degrees, and it is not uncommon for there to be 90%+ humidity (Thankfully, the dorms are air-conditioned.) There is always a chance of rain as well, so bring an umbrella and rain boots if you’d like.

Is there wifi in the dorms?


I lost my dorm key. What should I do?

Find your SWAG, and s/he will help you get a new one. Ball State does charge for lost room keys and lost meal cards. The cost for replacements are the responsibility of the student.

I need reeds/cork grease/valve oil/instrument repair. What should I do?

Muncie Music Center will be on site and will be able to help you. See your SWAG or instructor for help.

I left something behind at Camp. What should I do?

Please call the Music for All office at 800-848-2263 or email us at to inquire about lost items.

Can students be sent packages while at Camp?

They can, but please be aware that all shipments must go through Ball State’s central receiving office, which typically adds a day to shipping time. You cannot ship items directly to a student’s dorm.

A member of Music for All or the SWAG Team will deliver all mail directly to the student’s room within the Residence Hall. The University receives several large shipments of mail per day, so letters or packages may not be processed the day it arrives. We advise you to send mail EARLY so that it will get to your child while they are on campus. The address for sending letters and packages will be posted here prior to camp.

Where is parking available at Ball State?

On the weekends, parking is fairly unrestricted on campus. During the week, you will have to pay to park. Please see the parking map in the Student Information Packet for more details.

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