#27 Take A Trumpet Out For A Walk

As we look toward recruiting students for next year, try simply walking through the halls before and after school, or during lunches, with different instruments. I know it sounds crazy but if you start teaching instruments in 6th grade, walk around the 5th grade hallways with a different instrument as often as possible. And not just walk around, sell it, show it off, channel your inner cheerleader! Milk it for […]


#26 One Moment

Graham Greene stated, “There is always one moment in childhood when the door opens and lets the future in.” When you think about these simple yet profound words, the awesome responsibility of our work is made clear. For many of our students, that doorway to who and what they will become, opens in our rehearsals. I try to remember that every time I look into those faces. That I am […]


#25 Be

As the wonderful quote states, “Be the change you want in the world.” Be the change you want in your rehearsals. Be the change you want in your attitude. Be the change you want in your preparation. Be the change you want in your creativity. Be the change you want in… Peter Loel Boonshaft, Director of Education KHS America  


#24 Five Words

So often I catch myself talking way too much in rehearsals. Sometimes it’s necessary, but far too often I’ll babble on and on, when a few succinct words would have been far more effective and efficient. So, try using only five words or less whenever possible. I think we can all agree, “Trumpets, measure sixteen, more accented,” works much better and saves so much more time than a lengthy soliloquy […]


#23 Smile

I recently saw an advertisement that read, “Smile. It’s contagious.” And I couldn’t help, well, smiling. It’s absolutely true and we all know it. So I started the next rehearsal by just standing in front of my students wearing a giant smile. They couldn’t help themselves. Each of them just had to smile back! It’s so simple, but makes such a difference. Peter Loel Boonshaft, Director of Education KHS America […]


#21 Pandemonium?

Do you have a habit you do in rehearsals that you want to break? Engage your students in the effort. Tell them you need their help in trying to break a habit. Explain to them what the habit is, that they should be on the lookout for it, and when they see or hear it, they are to say “you did it!” I know you think it will be pandemonium, […]