Now, maybe more than ever these words of Deepak Chopra seem to describe what we as music teachers need to do every day: “Instead of thinking outside the box; get rid of the box.” Take a moment to reflect upon how influential a message that is for us to share with our students, by what we do and how we do it. How many boxes limit our thinking? How many boxes keep us from further growth? How many boxes have no reason to exist other than “that’s what we’ve always done?” Simply, how many boxes serve little purpose? Chopra’s advice may just be the solution to that age-old problem.
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.”