Ken Blanchard wrote, “There’s a difference between interest and commitment. When you’re interested in doing something, you do it only when it’s convenient. When you’re committed to something, you accept no excuses – only results.” I think we can agree that when a student decides to start studying a musical instrument, they have an interest in that endeavor. That is a wonderful start. I think we can also agree that our goal then must be to convert that interest into commitment. One of the best ways to do that is to help our students realize and celebrate their successes – however tiny the steps – as they progress. When a student thinks they are good at something, or getting better at something, I am convinced that provides the fuel for the conversion from interest to commitment.

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.”