Parent Testimonials

What Parents from Past Seasons Are Saying

The SMA was a game changer for our son. He went into the program anticipating hard work and at the midpoint we found him thrilled and excited by the challenges and support provided to him during these short two weeks. His skills as a musician developed, as did his confidence in his abilities and taste in music. His time at Ithaca College was hard work for our son, but it convinced him (and us) that music will be part of his future plans in college. Ithaca College was instrumental in forming his expectations, understanding, and model for this future experience. I am just sorry that we do not have four more years of high school so that he could continue to engage in such a dynamic program.
     -Elizabeth from Trumansburg, NY

Knowing that Ithaca College is student centered, I had no reservations sending my child to SMA. The curriculum was diverse and engaging. My expectations for the camp were exceeded by the experience my child took away from the two weeks. A bargain!
     -Bill from Syracuse, NY

My son cannot stop talking about all the wonderful things he did at SMA. The music instruction, the activities, facilities and counselors was all great. The minute we got home he was telling all his friends about it and he couldn't wait for band practice to start so that he could talk to his high school music teachers about what he learned. He will definitely be going back next year!
     -Karen from Scotch Plains, NJ

My son looked forward to attending Ithaca's SMA from the moment we visited the college in February. It was even more than he had anticipated and we felt extremely comfortable with him being so far away from home. The program was well organized, supported with terrific faculty, and run by a very caring and competent staff.
     -Kathleen from Hudson, NH

My daughter enjoyed her experiences at the SMA. The opportunity to take private lessons with the world-class faculty was very rewarding. The friendships that my daughter made and the chance to perform with other musicians from many different locations and backgrounds was unique. I would highly recommend the SMA program to any potential (college) music major without reservation--a great job, a great time and a great experience!
     -Andrew from Endwell, NY

My son had a great experience at the SMA. He not only grew musically but also got the College experience, all while going into the 10th grade. The camp was well managed and the staff was very supportive and knowledgeable on all aspects of the activities. My son already talks about how much he wants to attend next year. Good job!
     -Scott from Somerset, NJ

Our child has had a wonderful time at the SMA program. She really brought back a lot from her time with the professors and staff. Thank you for this opportunity and organizing such a great program.
     -Sharon from Syracuse, NY

SMA Video Projects

"NEVER KNOW" (2022)

"This Is Me" (2019)

"Don't Be So Hard On Yourself" (2018)

►"So Let's Go" (2017)

"I Dream a World" (2016)

"You Can't Stop The Beat" (2015)

"Brave" (2014)

"Home" (2013)

►"Viva La Vida" (2012)