Parent/Booster Institute

“Three things required for a successful band program:
Total commitment and dedication from the students, instructional staff and the parent/boosters… If one is lacking, you will not achieve the performance levels for which we strive.”

2013 Patrick John Hughes Booster of the Year, Richard Zetner, quoting Bands of America Hall of Fame Member L.J. Hancock

Music for All’s parent/booster training and advocacy programs and resources are key elements in Music for All’s vision to be a catalyst to ensure that every child across America has the opportunity and access to participate in music making in his or her scholastic environment. Providing the necessary tools to encourage parent/booster participation and to strengthen engagement in their child’s programs and community’s success are the goals of the Music for All Parent/Booster Institute. The Parent/Booster Institute is coordinated by David Vandewalker, one of the nation’s leading scholars and advocates for modeling and empowering parent/booster program success.

Who should attend?

Everyone responsible for and/or interested in the success of your program and music education in your school and community, including Booster officers, executive committees and committee and fundraising/program chairs; teachers, instructors, boosters looking to help make their organization stronger; music education students looking to learn more. Small or large programs, strong or weak, urban, suburban or rural, developing, emerging or new programs…we promise value and valuable information for everyone.


Friday, June 30, 2017 (Plan to arrive by 8:30 a.m. or choose to come a day earlier to network, experience the evening concert and portions of the student camp. Sessions will end at 5:00 p.m. Pricing includes meals, concerts and activities through end of the student Symposium – 3:00 p.m. Saturday)


Ball State University, Muncie, IN (part of the Music for All Summer Symposium for students, teachers and instructors, June 26 – July 1, 2017)


$119/person (pricing includes tuition, the Booster Institute Work (and resource) Book, four meals – from lunch on Friday through Family Day Picnic on Saturday, admission to the Thursday evening feature concert, and special Director Viewing seating to Friday’s DCI-Central Indiana show, featuring the 2013 DCI World Champion Carolina Crown – MFA’s Summer Symposium Corps in Residence.

Music programs that register four or more persons can use the Group Discount Rate of $99/person. Housing is not included. Dormitory or local hotel housing is available at an additional cost.

More about the Parent/Booster Institute:

During this one-day event, we promise to equip you and your booster parents with the tools to develop and operate a comprehensive strategic and practical plan for success, including:

  • Establishing a clear purpose statement and essential core values
  • Establishing and maintaining legal status and legal, financial and ethical governance, including organizational [501(c)(3), bylaw and financial recording keeping] tools
  • Developing and implementing concepts for successful organizational structure
  • Protecting and building the value of your education and booster support program
  • Maximizing your organization’s community music and arts advocacy potential
  • Transforming your program into a community recognized and appreciated brand
  • Event planning and successful fundraising support
  • Knowing and using proven tools and tips for success parent/booster communications
  • Strengthening volunteer management, including recruitment, assignments, retention, and recognition
  • Learning how to maximize the critical partnership between the educator and parent/booster to achieve the ultimate win (teacher) win (parent) win (child).
  • Our sessions will be engaging, collaborative and interactive. Networking opportunities (with faculty and others attending) will abound. In addition to what you learn and absorb on site, each participant will also leave with David Vandewalker’s Strategic Plans to Multiply text and other workshop materials

For 40 years, the Music for All Summer Symposium has provided a safe and exhilarating environment for learning and personal growth for teachers and students.  It’s the perfect setting for booster programs, officers, and parents to learn and be inspired to pursue success. It’s America’s Camp, and now, once again, its opening its arms and extending support to an essential element of successful music programs, – the parent/booster. A great deal of information, networking and planning opportunities will be packed in to a one-day learning commitment from you.

Your students deserve the best, – from themselves, their teachers and instructors, their school and community, and most importantly, – from you.  See you in Muncie, for the extraordinary student-focused environment that is the Music for All Summer Symposium!

Register Now for the Parent/Booster Institute

Registration is now open! Click the link to register online. Select “SSY – Parent Booster” as your registration type.

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