The Summer Symposium Middle School & Young Teacher Academy is designed to deliver a curriculum that will arm middle school teachers and young music educators with the tools they need to provide their students with a positively life-changing experience. The typical model for middle schools in America is a three-year program (6th, 7th and 8th grade). Unfortunately, three years is also the typical career-span for young music educators. Most recent studies show that America is on the verge of a major shortage of qualified music educators. 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!

Music for All offers an experience that will be realistic and taught by experienced and successful practitioners from a range of programs and settings, including small school, low budget, urban and rural situations. In addition to the Middle School/Young Teacher curriculum, your experience includes the Summer Symposium general curriculum, world-class concerts and musical experiences, networking with the finest music educators in the country, professional development certification from MFA, opportunity to register for Graduate Credit through Ball State University, and more.

Who Should Attend?

Experienced middle school teachers looking for a fresh approach and new ideas; recent graduates and young teachers; high school teachers looking to create a unified philosophy with their feeder program.

The “Nuts and Bolts” aspect of the curriculum will deal with 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! The “Ensemble” sessions will focus on the challenges that accompany the ensemble experience. Other sessions include “Maximizing the Middle School Experience,” focusing on both maximizing your students’ middle school experience, as well as helping you to prepare them for the journey to high school.


Join Us!

for the 2022 Music for All Summer Symposium

June 27-July 2, 2022

Leadership Weekend: June 25-26

Ball State University

Deep discount for teachers within their first three years of teaching

If you are in your first three years of teaching, or a college student, then you can attend the full week for just $360! 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 $185 for College students/young teachers, which includes tuition, lunches, nightly concerts and the symposium notebook of resources.

2019 Middle School Faculty

Chris Grifa

Tiffany Hitz

Middle School Director Photos from America’s Camp

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.

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.

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.

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.

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