Students enrolled in the Drum Major curriculum of DMA experience a three—pronged curriculum at all of our locations. This curriculum is designed to benefit ALL band leadership positions including section leaders!

  • Conducting Instruction / Evaluation
  • Teaching Techniques
  • Leadership and Communication Techniques


    CONDUCTING: The Drum Major Academy® is the only educational workshop in the country where students receive INDIVIDUAL feedback through the use of video tape immediately followed with one-on-one instruction by a DMA staff membe.! This approach is the same REGARDLESS of whether there are 60 participants or 600!


    Students attend lectures, are given notes specific to their personal conducting needs, and are shown precise techniques on how to improve their conducting ability. Each day they are re-evaluated and additional advice and instruction occurs to assist in facilitating their continued progress.


    This is what sets the Drum Major Academy® apart from all other student workshops!


    TEACHING: Students are evaluated through a number of processes from video taped feedback to simulated mini-competitions held daily during the course of an Academy. Improvement of individual teaching skills is enhanced through the development of every students' observation skills. Students learn how to "clean" through the application of the unique DMA Teaching Procedure.


    Marching is used only as the vehicle through which the teaching and observation skills are developed and evaluated. Band Directors know how important it is to have "additional sets of eyes" to assist with achieving success for their programs. The DMA Teaching Procedure teaches students how to be those "sets of eyes." (DMA does not teach students HOW to march and respects and encourages the individual styles and philosophies every band program in the United States has to offer.)


    LEADERSHIP AND COMMUNICATION: These critical skills are a continuous thread woven through the entire DMA Curriculum. Students attend lecture settings where topics covered include, but are not limited to: attitude, large group dynamics, developing trust and earning respect.


    All lecture settings are conducted by George N. Parks’ protegés — each a professional music educator in his or her own right — who studied for years with Mr. Parks and incorporates his philosophies and approaches in their daily teachings.