Music for All Summer Symposium presented by YAMAHA

Illinois State University, Normal, IL
June 21 - 26, 2010     |     Leadership Weekend Experience: June 19 - 21

The heart and soul of the Summer Symposium, Team SWAG is a volunteer group of dedicated college students, graduate students, band directors, and others interested in music education. Team SWAG's mission is to ensure that everyone associated with the Symposium has a positive experience and an opportunity to grow as a person. Students, directors and clinicians have been amazed by the spirit and hard work put forth by the Team.

Team SWAG plays a major role in the Summer Symposium, serving as counselors, staff assistants, and role models to the 1,600 student participants. It's an unparalleled experience and a wonderful item for your resume!

At the heart of every activity is leadership. The Team SWAG program is designed to be a living testament to results gained from the development, assertion and practice of strong leadership skills.

During the weekend prior to the Symposium, the all-volunteer Team SWAG attends training workshops, prepares the student residence halls and rehearsal areas, and helps to fulfill the vast logistical needs required for a smooth, successful Summer Symposium. Music for All supports each SWAG's preparation and professional development with seminars and workshops with some of the nation's finest music and teaching professionals.

Once the Symposium begins, SWAGs literally "do everything," from assisting with classes and delivering water to transporting clinicians and students, repairing instruments, and performing countless other tasks. Perhaps their most important duty is performed at residence hall floor meetings each night, where they lead students in discussions about their experiences and facilitate positive interaction with one another. Lifelong friendships start at these floor meetings.

Team SWAG's unswerving dedication and contagious enthusiasm inspire everyone associated with the Summer Symposium. The Symposium could not be held without the enormous contributions of Team SWAG.

Team SWAG members may earn up to three (3) hours of Illinois State University course credit for participating in this program.