“Life’s challenges are not supposed to paralyze you; they’re supposed to help you discover who you are.” Those amazing words of Bernice Johnson Reagon remind us that it is in times like the ones we find ourselves in today – life and professional challenges the likes of which we have never collectively shared before – that we discover who we are, what we can do, and why we do it. Why? So that young people can have the joy of music in their lives. That they can come to know how the power of music can allow them to touch their souls. That they learn how music allows them to discover who they are, as much as what they can do. 

Peter Loel Boonshaft, Director of Education
KHS America

About the Author

Dr. Boonshaft, Director of Education for KHS America, is the author of the critically acclaimed best-selling books Teaching Music with Passion, Teaching Music with Purpose, and Teaching Music with Promise. Dr. Boonshaft is currently on the faculty of Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, where he is Professor of Music. He was honored by the National Association for Music Education and Music For All as the first recipient of the “George M. Parks Award for Leadership in Music Education.”