The Parent/Booster Institute is designed for YOU!

Whether you’re an experienced leader or new to your role, preparing for future booster club leadership positions, or simply wanting to know more, the Music for All Parent/Booster Institute is the place to be.

“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 Zentner, quoting Bands of America Hall of Fame Member L.J. Hancock

Who should attend?

This program is designed for parents, boosters, teachers, and instructors.

Anyone and everyone invested in the success of your program is invited. This includes and is not limited to:

  • Booster officers, executive committees, and committee and fundraising/program chairs
  • Teachers, instructors, parents, and boosters looking for ways to
    • Enhance governance
    • Increase support
    • Garner more success
    • Become more efficient
    • Empower booster club members
  • Representatives from both new programs and existing programs
  • Newly elected officers seeking a safe, inspirational, informative, and team-building environment
  • Those who want to help make their organization and program stronger
  • Those who see parent/booster leadership in their future
  • Music education students wanting a head start in an area that will be essential to their teaching success

This one-day program will provide valuable information for every attendee, whether their program is small or large, new or old, urban or rural.

Why should you attend?

Preparation and team building are essential to group success. This one-day program allows parents, boosters, and program supporters to:

  • Learn what they don’t know
  • Address program challenges, including lack of time and other resources
  • Gain and improve skills to become cutting-edge
  • Work with the most knowledgeable and experienced leaders in the field
  • Team build within our own organization
  • Network, share, and collaborate with other programs
  • Have fun!
What You'll Learn

The Music for All Parent/Booster Institute is coordinated and presented by the nation’s leading scholars and advocates for modeling and empowering parent/booster program success.

The goals of this program are to provide the necessary tools to encourage parent/booster participation and to strengthen engagement in their children’s programs and communities’ successes.

During this one-day program, we will equip attendees with the tools to develop and operate a comprehensive strategic and practical plan for success. This will include instruction on how to:

  • Establish a clear purpose statement and essential core values
  • Establish and maintain legal status
  • Establish and maintain legal, financial, and ethical governance, including organizational [501(c)(3), bylaw, and financial recording keeping tools]
  • Develop and implement concepts for a successful organizational structure
  • Learn the “how” and “why” to protect and build the value of your education and booster support program
  • Maximize your organization’s community music and arts advocacy potential
  • Transform your program into a community-recognized and appreciated brand
  • Plan events and successfully garner fundraising support
  • Know and use proven tools and tips for successful parent/booster communications
  • Strengthen volunteer management, including recruitment, assignments, retention, and recognition
  • Learn 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!

2023 Session Topics

How to Build Sustainable Booster Leadership

Step 1 – Strategies to equip volunteers and engage the community
Step 2 – Defining Our Roles: Roles and Responsibilities for a Modern Organization
Step 3 – Matching our Resources: Recruitment, Retention, and Fundraising
Step 4 – Strategic Communication: Internal & External

Friday, June 30, 2023

The Parent/Booster Institute is a one-day event. Plan to arrive by Friday morning by 8:30 a.m. (ET). Sessions will end at 5:00 p.m. Meals, concerts, and activities through noon on Saturday are included in your registration price.

You may choose to arrive Thursday night to attend the evening concert.


Ball State University
2000 W. University Ave.
Muncie, IN 47306

Part of the Music for All Summer Symposium, presented by Yamaha, taking place June 24-July 1, 2023 for high school instrumental music students and teachers.

How Much

Price $149

Pricing includes:

  • Tuition and materials
  • Meals: Friday lunch, Friday dinner, Saturday breakfast (Summer Symposium Parent Breakfast)
  • Admission to Thursday evening featured concert
  • Admission to Friday’s DCI Central Indiana show, featuring World Champion Carolina Crown – MFA Summer Symposium’s Corps in Residence.

Other details:

  • Housing not included
  • Programs that register three or more attendees for the Parent/Booster Institute will receive a group discount rate.


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Parent & Booster Institute
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