Now that we have all gotten into the groove of distance learning, and most of us can’t leave our homes on days or hours off, we may find ourselves – more than likely – with more unstructured time to use as we wish than ever before in our lives. So this might be a good time for writing those poems you always wanted to write, reading that novel that’s been sitting on the shelf, practicing that concerto you’ve always wanted to learn, learning a new instrument, composing a piece, sitting quietly and reflecting, looking at the beauty of nature, watching a documentary on TV, listening to the entire “Ring Cycle” or all of the Symphonies of Beethoven, comparing ten different performances of your favorite piece by various artists, doing a virtual museum tour, or just talking to some friends you might have lost touch with recently. The good news: you have time, and you can be pretty sure everyone is home! Time is, without doubt, our most precious gift. It’s up to us how we choose to use it. We all complain (especially me!!!!) about not having enough time. Now we do, so savor every second. There will be (hopefully soon) a time when the hectic craziness of our normal life will be back. Be healthy, be safe, be well and enjoy some time for yourself. 

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.”