#83 What You're Made Of

Before your next rehearsal or class simply write this wonderful quote by an unknown author on the board: “The same boiling water that softens the potato hardens the egg. It’s about what you’re made of, not the circumstances.” Then at the start of rehearsal just stand and point toward it, not saying a word. Peter Loel Boonshaft, Director of Education KHS America

 

#82 Roses In Winter

To paraphrase the words of James M. Barrie: We have the gift of memory so that we might have roses in the dead of winter. Though those profound words can be applied to so many things in life, for us as music teachers I think they help remind us of the importance of setting high expectations for our students, focusing and crafting our teaching and rehearsing so we can expeditiously […]

 

#81 What Once Frustrated You...

There is a wonderful old adage that says you know you’re making progress when what once made you mad, now makes you laugh. What once frustrated you now seems easy. What once was thought impossible is now possible. I think the best way to celebrate that idea is by allowing students to have the time and opportunity to rehearse music that they can perform with ease. And by that very […]

 

#80 What Kind?

During rehearsals, do we determine the quality, productivity, atmosphere, or kind of rehearsal our students will have, or do our students determine the quality, productivity, atmosphere, or kind of rehearsal we will have? Do we determine the kind of day our students will have, or do they determine the kind of day we will have? Peter Loel Boonshaft, Director of Education KHS America

 

#79 Triple The Size Of Your Ensemble!

I bet that title caught your attention, and that you’re probably thinking what follows is an idea about recruiting. Nope. Have you ever worried that the parents and family members of your students don’t really understand what you do – or maybe even more important – what their children are doing in band, chorus or orchestra? I often wonder if any lack of support for music instruction may simply be […]

 

#78 Doing Is Understanding

As you’re planning repertoire for your next concert, how about including a composition that features a narrator, and invite your school principal, headmaster, superintendent or school board president to perform with the ensemble? And if you can’t find a suitable piece that features a narration, have them read a poem before a work that sets the tone of the piece. Allowing them to share in the energy and emotions of […]