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Emily Ambriz

Emily Ambriz has been a Marketing Coordinator since January 2018. She mainly focuses on social media, graphic design, and email campaigns. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations from Ball State University in May 2017. When she's not chasing the latest social media trends, Ambriz can be found doing Disney puzzles and watching HGTV.

This summer, 1,700 student musicians and directors will travel from across the country to “America’s Camp,” the Music for All Summer Symposium presented by Yamaha. One road, in particular, will provide the path for select educators and students from urban city centers to experience the Symposium. Interstate-65, one of the major U.S. highways that travels right through the heart of Indianapolis, will bring together 34 students and 12 teachers from 9 districts along the corridor to take part in an exciting new initiative: the Interstate-65 Corridor Project.

Directors and students from the Corridor will have the opportunity to network, share ideas and resources, and participate in special workshops as part of this unique experience. The newly formed Music for All Urban Education Advisory committee has developed a specialized curriculum geared towards growth and opportunities for these participants, with topics such as team-building, collaboration, and strategic planning.

About the “I-65 Corridor Project”

Music for All, with the generous support of the Country Music Association Foundation, has launched this initiative as the first step towards serving urban music education on a national level. The goals for this initiative include increasing support and fostering positive opportunities for these programs, as well as decreasing barriers often present in core urban school communities like those found along the Corridor.

The I-65 Corridor was chosen for this initiative based on existing relationships with Indianapolis Public Schools, observed challenges and achievements in communities along the Corridor, and Music for All’s organizational capacity to effectively engage new communities in our programming. By providing guidance and ongoing professional development to these music programs, Music for All hopes to enhance musical instruction and performance-based achievement, which will help us realize our ultimate goal of helping build self-sustaining music programs in these communities.

About the Urban Education Advisory Committee

In order to ensure that the efforts of this initiative are relevant and engaging, Music for All has assembled an Urban Education Advisory Committee, a team dedicated to the strategic planning and facilitation of all efforts related to the I-65 Corridor Project. The Committee is composed of six distinguished music educators and industry leaders who not only have experience working with programs similar to those along the Corridor, but also have been recognized as competent music educators, innovative thinkers, and facilitators of comprehensive educational programming. The committee is excited to work with directors and students in the I-65 Corridor Project during the Summer Symposium and throughout the academic year. The team is comprised of the following music education consultants:

  • William J. Earvin, Baker HS, Director of Bands – Baker, LA
  • Zachary Harris, William-Carey University, Professor of Music Education – Hattiesburg, MS
  • Sybil James, Willowridge HS, Director of Bands – Houston, TX
  • Tim Linley, Dallas Independent School District, Director of Visual & Performing Arts – Dallas, TX
  • Myran Parker-Brass, Boston Public Schools, Executive Director for the Arts – Boston, MA
  • Ayatey Shabazz, Devmusic Publishing Company, LLC, Founder/President & CEO – Biloxi, MS
Tuesday, May 08, 2018

Student Success From Day One

Vandoren has been the preferred reed of professionals since 1905. However, during much of this time beginning students have often had to resort to inexpensive, lower quality reeds to save money. With Vandoren’s introduction of JUNO reeds in recent years, beginning students are finally able to enjoy that trademark, unparalleled Vandoren quality from their first note at an affordable student price.

Designed specifically for beginners, Vandoren JUNO reeds are designed with a special cut that provides young players with everything they need to hit the ground running – immediate response, easy articulation, and a warm, round sound right from the start. Instead of fighting against their reeds, JUNO allows kids to do what they want to do most – PLAY!

“My students have been very successful on JUNO reeds!  The ease of playing with these reeds allows students to focus on other concepts that we're building upon in rehearsal, without sacrificing quality of sound.” – Chris DiMassimo, beginning and Middle School Band Director

Vandoren is keenly aware of the musical needs of young musicians, and is extremely proud to offer a variety of products appropriate for each stage of their development. Most students who begin with JUNO will move to professional Vandoren reeds as they develop.

JUNO reeds are available for Bb and bass clarinets as well as alto and tenor saxophones.

If your students love music, encourage them to discover the world-class education available at Ball State University.

Recognized for its national leadership and innovative programming at both the graduate and undergraduate levels, Ball State’s School of Music prepares students for a wide range of careers. Students are challenged academically as well as musically, mentored by faculty while they develop their skills, deepen their artistry, and experience all the School of Music has to offer.

Students also can perform with award-winning ensembles, develop recording engineering and songwriting skills, compose music for a variety of performers and media, or prepare to teach in today's music classrooms.

More than a dozen performance groups are open to Ball State students, including the 65-member Ball State Symphony Orchestra, the “Pride of Mid-America” Marching Band, and Ball State Basketball Band. Students can audition for a spot with the Ball State University Singers, or join the Statesmen or Women’s Chorus, open to any singer, no audition required.

The School of Music offers five majors and eight minors for undergraduates; two master’s degrees; a doctor of arts; an artist diploma; and an undergraduate certificate, graduate certificate, and doctoral secondary area of study in entrepreneurial music.

Take a virtual tour of the campus at youvisit.com/tour/bsu. Learn more by visiting bsu.edu/music or calling 765-285-5400.

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Mrs. Thompson’s son, Jack, was a camper at last summer’s Middle School Concert Band Camp at the Music for All Summer Symposium, presented by Yamaha. Jack was one of 115 middle school students – part of the total camp community of more than 1,700 students, band directors, faculty members, staff and volunteers. We talked with Mrs. Thompson about Jack’s Summer Symposium experience – and hers.

How did you hear about the MFA Summer Symposium?

We live in a music-friendly city with passionate and talented music teachers. Our schools provide our children with exposure to professional educators who demonstrate what it takes to make music: hard work, grit, courage and even a sense of humor. My son, Jack, was reluctant to go to band camp in 7th grade, even after his director suggested it. Luckily, Jack attended the following year as an 8th grade student. We had heard of many music camps, but his director shared how much he thought Music for All would be a good fit for Jack.

What did your son like most about camp?

As parents, we were very encouraged not to hear from Jack too often - a good sign that all is well. All parents should be told that when they drop their child off at camp. When we did hear from him, we received brief messages like, “I loved hearing Black Violin!”, “Best food ever!”, and “I’m learning so much from the oboe teacher! This is amazing!”. If you asked Jack what he liked most about his experience, he would share: that is was the music he played, working with the oboe clinician, the people that were present, and the evening concerts he attended.

What were your initial expectations of camp?

Of course we expected Jack to grow as a musician and learn new music skills by going to camp. We also hoped that he would learn or solidify social and emotional skills like setting an alarm to get up on time, meeting new friends, and speaking up if he needed help during a lesson or rehearsal. And he did! Such great development to have happen before starting high school.

What parts of camp were you most impressed with?

The most impactful was summed up in the presentation to the parents on the last day of camp. The Music for All staff discussed, what I like to call, the cycle of work ethic. We learned about three points that motivate musicians, or anyone working towards something they enjoy. Practice...success...fun. That “camp circle” is discussed often in our home.

 The idea of deliberate practice taught by Jack’s oboe clinician can be applied with any skill or goal any of us are trying to reach. Jack also learned about flow or being in the zone as he played.

 Can you imagine your child being conducted by one of the best band instructors in the country? Or having a composer come and speak to the ensemble so that they understand why the music was written the emotion behind the piece? How about the opportunity to play with master musicians? Music for All offers these opportunities at the right time for young musicians when their brains and abilities are soaring.

What would you tell another parent who is thinking about sending their child to camp?

It can be so challenging to send your child away to camp. For many it is also costly. But for our family, it was one of the best things we’ve had the opportunity to provide for our child. Jack’s future with the oboe looks bright, and the Music for All Summer Symposium has inspired skills that translate to all aspects of his life. Seeing our child grow as a result of his experiences at camp reminds us that band camp holds many more gifts and experiences than music. Is the musical training extraordinary? Yes! Is camp fun? Yes! Was it hard to send him? Yes! But the experience was positively life-changing, and one we are so glad our child had.

 

For more information about the Middle School division vist http://camp.musicforall.org/middleschool/

 

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Music for All’s efforts to create, provide, and expand positively life-changing experiences include awarding a number of scholarships each year. Check out the criteria for one of our scholarships below and apply by May 20, 2018.

 

Instrumental Merit Scholarships

Instrumental Merit scholarships for members of honor ensembles are now available for eligible students enrolling in the Concert Band, Orchestra, Jazz Band, or Concert Percussion divisions of the Summer Symposium. 

National Honor Ensemble Instrumental Scholarship
$200 Scholarship

For members of the 2017 or 2018 national honor ensembles, including the Music for All Honor Ensembles and ensembles like the GRAMMY Jazz Band, ASTA’s National Honor Orchestra, or NAfME’s All-National Honor Ensembles. Applies to registration for the following divisions ONLY:

  • Concert Band
  • Jazz Band
  • Orchestra
  • Concert Immersion Track of the Percussion Division

All-State Instrumental Scholarship
$150 Scholarship

For members of 2017 or 2018 All-State Band or Orchestra. Applies to registration for the following divisions ONLY:

  • Concert Band
  • Jazz Band
  • Orchestra
  • Concert Immersion Track of the Percussion Division

All-City/District Instrumental Scholarship
$75 Scholarship

For members of 2017 or 2018 All-City or All-District Band or Orchestra. Applies to registration for the following divisions ONLY:

  • Concert Band
  • Jazz Band
  • Orchestra
  • Concert Immersion Track of the Percussion Division

How to register with an Instrumental Scholarship

To receive the Instrumental Scholarships for the eligible divisions, certification of honor ensemble membership must be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or mailed to the Music for All office. Certification can include a letter of acceptance into honor ensemble, certificate of membership, or letter from your music director certifying membership.

 

L.J. Hancock Summer Symposium Scholarships

Honoring the life and work of L.J. Hancock (1952-2002), these scholarships benefit individual students with financial need who are interested in attending the Music for All Summer Symposium. It is the intent of The Music for All Foundation to provide scholarships of at least $100, but not more than $270. 

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The Tang Family Scholarship Fund

Created by Anthony and Megan Tang and is open to any student that will be attending the Music for All Summer Symposium. The scholarship selection committee will provide three full residential scholarships to high school and/or middle school students based upon an essay and director recommendation.

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Indianapolis Public Schools Summer Symposium Scholarships

Each year the generosity of individual and corporate donors allows Music for All to extend the opportunity to attend Music for All's Summer Symposium to IPS students through full scholarships. Recipients are chosen by the staff and faculty of IPS Instrumental Music Programs. Contact David Newman, Indianapolis Public Schools, for more information. 

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Mark Williams Memorial Scholarship for Collegiates

The Mark Williams Memorial Scholarship Fund for Educators was created in honor of Mark Williams (1955-2008) to celebrate his life and work as a great educator, composer, and a beloved friend. The scholarship fund benefits music educators who are interested in attending the Music for All Summer Symposium but, due to financial hardship, cannot afford to pay the tuition and fees needed to attend this annual summer music camp. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of financial need. It is the intent of the Music for All Foundation to provide a full-tuition scholarship, plus a travel stipend of up to $500, to ONE collegiate interested in attending the Directors’Academy. Our hope is the scholarship program will help to ensure that the Summer Symposium is financially accessible for all participants.

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Mark Williams Memorial Scholarship Fund for Educators

The Music for All Foundation is grateful to the family of Mark Williams (1955-2008), educator, composer and beloved friend, for their generous gift to endow five scholarships each year for the Music for All Summer Symposium. The scholarships were created to honor Mark's life and legacy and to provide a positively life-changing opportunity to educators who demonstrate financial need and wish to attend the Symposium to gain valuable professional development experiences. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of financial need. It is the intent of the Music for All Foundation to provide a full-tuition scholarship, plus a travel stipend up to $500, to FOUR directors interested in attending the Directors’ Academy. Only director’s at Title I schools (schools with an enrolled population of 40% or more students on free and reduced lunch) will be considered. Our hope is the scholarship program will help to ensure that the Summer Symposium is financially accessible for all participants.

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All application materials are due May 20.

 

We look forward to seeing you at camp!

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