The Music for All Summer Symposium, presented by Yamaha is THE place to be in June for music educators across the country. 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. For over 40 years Music for All has been on the forefront of music educator continued education. Need some convincing on why you need to join us this June? Well you’re in luck – we have 10 reasons why you should take this week to work on your craft, right here:

10. The Parent/Booster Institute – This one-day (Friday, June 30) of classes and activities is designed for teachers, parents, booster officers, anyone interested is strengthening the music program in your school and community.

9. Percussion Specialist Academy and Color Guard Instructor Academy – Areas of special study include curriculum designed especially for the Percussion Specialist and the Color Guard Instructor.

8. Directors’ Bands – Bring your instrument and join other educators from across the country uncover newly published music while playing in the Directors’ Concert Band (under the direction of Richard Saucedo with 2017 composer-in-residence Brian Balmages) or the Directors’ Jazz Band (under the direction of Mark Buselli).

7. Access to all Student Divisions  Directors’ Academy participants have full access to observe the daily courses and activities of each Student Division (Concert Band, Jazz Band, Orchestra, Marching Band, Percussion, Drum Majors, Color Guard, Peer Teaching Program, Leadership Experience) led by world-class educators. Watch master teachers in all areas of instruction in action!

6. Evening Concerts and Social Events – You will enjoy the Summer Symposium’s nightly concert series featuring Yamaha Young Performing Artists, Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass, U.S. Army Jazz Ambassadors, Black Violin and DCI Central Indiana. Finish the evening “rubbing elbows” with artists, educators and conductors at our nightly social events.

5. Professional Development and Graduate Credit – Receive 37 hours of professional development and up to 2 hours of college credits through VanderCook College of Music. $150 for 1 credit hour / $300 for 2 credit hours.

4. Deep Discounts for College Students and New Teachers – We offer special pricing for college students (music education majors) and new teachers (in your first 3 years of teaching) that totals more than 30% off the regular price.

3. Great Facilities on the beautiful campus of Ball State University – You will stay in outstanding residence halls with suite-style rooms featuring state-of-the-art technology and environmentally friendly design.

2. Clinic Sessions and Director Master Classes – You will have access to master teachers presenting on a wide range of topics from both inside the classroom and beyond. We will discuss areas beyond moments on the podium, like working with parents and administration, work/life balance, and more!

1. World-Class Faculty – You will have the opportunity to improve your teaching skills and uncover new strategies while attending collaborative and interactive sessions led by a “Dream Team” Faculty of the most respected and successful music educators teaching today.

I hope you’ll join us this June at the Directors’ Academy part of the 2017 Music for All Summer Symposium!

Author: James Stephens

James Stephens is Director of Advocacy and Educational Resources at Music for All, Inc.

Based in Indianapolis, Music for All is one of the largest arts organization in the State of Indiana, and annually produces a national series of regional fall marching band competitions, the Bands of America Grand National Championships, its Music for All National Festival (for concert bands, orchestras, and percussion and chamber ensembles), and the Music for All Summer Symposium, the largest and most comprehensive residential band and orchestra camp in the nation. Each year, MFA directly touches the lives of over 90,000 students and teachers, and provides performance opportunities for students before more than 250,000 spectators.

Prior to joining MFA, James was the Associate Director of Bands at Broken Arrow High School (OK) where he taught from 2006-2014. His teaching responsibilities included three concert bands, music theory and assistant marching band director for the Pride of Broken Arrow. While at Broken Arrow, the marching band was a seven-time national finalist at the Bands of America Grand National Championships; was named the 2006 and 2011 Grand National Champion and was presented with the prestigious Sudler Shield of Excellence by the John Philip Sousa Foundation. In addition, the marching band performed by invitation in the 2009 and 2013 Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California. Under the direction of Mr. Stephens, his Broken Arrow Wind Bands have performed at the Oklahoma Music Educators Association state conventions and in New York City’s renowned Carnegie Hall.

Prior to his appointment at Broken Arrow, Mr. Stephens taught at Jamestown High School (NY), Marion Local High School (OH), and Mad River Middle School (OH). Ensembles under Mr. Stephens’ direction have performed in venues across the United States and have consistently received superior ratings and have been awarded numerous honors in concert and marching venues.

Mr. Stephens is sought after as conductor, consultant, adjudicator, and music arranger for many music programs across the United States and Canada. Mr. Stephens received his Bachelor of Music degree from Bowling Green State University in Ohio.

His voice has been heard as announcer at Drum Corps Midwest, Winter Guard International and Bands of America events. As a professional videographer and editor, Stephens has produced numerous commercials, documentaries and video montages through his company JPS Productions.

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