Have you noticed yourself looking at the same few students as you teach or conduct? I do, and I find they fall into two categories: those who are always looking back at me, because it feels so wonderful to have that communication with them. Or, those kids that I fear could get out-of-hand at any second, because we want to prevent them from thinking they have that chance. I think both are extremely worthwhile reasons, but I wonder about all of those kids I’m not looking at enough. Could I turn more kids into the former, and find myself with fewer of the latter by looking at every child? So now I force myself to try to look at every student…and it’s amazing what you see.
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.”