#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 […]

 

#77 Why Did It Fall?

As Bernard Baruch so perfectly put it, “Millions saw the apple fall, but Newton asked why.” Getting our students to wonder and question “why” something is or isn’t, must-be or shouldn’t-be, can-happen or must-not-happen, may be even more important than getting them to simply do, or not-do something. Peter Loel Boonshaft, Director of Education KHS America

 

#76 What Tiny Changes Can Do!

Before your next rehearsal, try a few things that will make all the difference in the world. Simply slide the first chair in the second row over so that the middle of that chair is behind the gap created between the first two chairs of the first row. Align every chair in that row the same way. Then slide the middle of the first chair of the third row over […]