At the end of a session I was giving at a music education conference, a new teacher asked me a wonderful – though daunting – question. He said, “I just started my first job teaching at a school with a very weak music program. I want to do great things at this school. I want the program to be exemplary. But I don’t know how to even start toward that goal.” I offered him a list of some specific ideas he could do, but then offered him the best advice I know with the words of Francis of Assisi: “Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” And isn’t that how every great accomplishment has ever been achieved?
Peter Loel Boonshaft, Director of Education
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