I saw an advertisement while walking through an airport today. It read, “Tomorrow will be nothing like today.” And it bothered me, but I couldn’t figure out why. As I thought about it, I came to realize why. Yes, in many ways, I do hope tomorrow will be nothing like today – that horrible diseases will be cured, that the world will find peace – but in other ways I hope tomorrow will be just like it is today. For that matter, just like it was years ago. That students will still find joy walking into the music room the way we did. That music will still ring through the halls of every school the way it was when we were young. That kids will still look at their music teachers with that inspired smile of dedication and pride. That young people will still find beauty in their lives and joy in their hearts through music. So maybe as we walk into our classrooms today, we should remember those remarkable experiences from our past, when we were students, that we want to pass on to our students today.
Peter Loel Boonshaft, Director of Education
About the Author
Dr. Boonshaft is the author of the critically acclaimed best-selling books Teaching Music with Passion, Teaching Music with Purpose, and Teaching Music with Promise. Dr. Boonshaft is currently on the faculty of Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, where he is Professor of Music and Director of Bands. He has also been named Director of Education for KHS America. He was honored by the National Association for Music Education and Music For All as the first recipient of the “George M. Parks Award for Leadership in Music Education.”