Some of you may have heard me speak about my mantra. Believe it or not, I only have one. Though I believe a lot of things, espouse many beliefs, and am adamant about many ideas, I have only one thing that rises to the level of being my personal mantra. I have held it for more decades than I can remember, and it has never wavered or changed. I believe that every day, every child needs to hear something beautiful. That’s it. That’s my mantra. Not just some days; every day. Not just some children; every child. And I fear that if we don’t facilitate that, it might not happen.

Now, maybe more than ever our students need that. But sadly, with many of us not seeing our students as regularly as we would like, they might not hear something beautiful. So, I beg you to take a few moments of every class or rehearsal to play them something stunningly gorgeous. Share a link or give a short listening assignment. Have students listen to something and write a sentence or two about it. Have them describe a character or a storyline the music makes them envision. Expose them to beautiful music. Help them come to know stunning magnificence. Help them hear breathtaking. It really is a simple mantra, but think of the impact it could have.

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.”