#41 What We Do

Amazing, isn’t it? Have you ever really thought about what you do every day? What you teach, the lives you change, the destinies you help shape, all from a bunch of little black dots on a page of white, and a person who cares more than others can conceive. We call them teachers. Those people who selflessly dedicate their lives to a profoundly fantastic journey. May the journey of your […]


#40 To Do For Themselves

The true test of our teaching – the real measure of our time with our students – can be summed up in the words of Ann Landers when she said, “It is not what you do for your children, but what you have taught them to do for themselves, that will make them successful human beings.” A sentiment which is at once exciting, daunting, stimulating, overwhelming, powerful and awesome. Peter […]


#39 Emerson Knew!

Ralph Waldo Emerson so poignantly stated that, “The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.” Peter Loel Boonshaft, Director of Education KHS America  


#38 Don’t Get Interrupted

“People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.” Let’s vow not to be interrupted, or to be the one interrupting! It is as easy to say, as it is hard to do, but nonetheless so truly important. Peter Loel Boonshaft, Director of Education KHS America  


#37 Silence Is Better Than Golden

Silent rehearsals may be one of the most remarkably effective rehearsal tools I know. Nothing I know works better to focus an ensemble than posting the order of what will be played on the board, then having the conductor begin without so much as a word. Rehearsing with a conductor who is silent sets the tone and expectation of intense concentration, and creates an atmosphere of deafening quiet that students […]


#36 Said Versus Did Versus Feel

In the words of Maya Angelou, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” And that, my friends, is why music education is so important; why you are so important in the lives of all those you teach. Peter Loel Boonshaft, Director of Education KHS America