Xun Kuang, also known as Xunzi, who lived from 300-230 B.C., wrote: “Not having heard something is not as good as having heard it; having heard it is not as good as having seen it; having seen it is not as good as knowing it; knowing it is not as good as putting it into practice.” His sentiment has also been translated to: “I hear and I forget; I see and I remember; I do and I understand” or “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I understand.” The power of those words, no matter how it is stated or who it is attributed to, might just be the best description of education – especially music education – that has ever been stated. Isn’t that what we do in rehearsals every single day?! Isn’t that our stock in trade?! And our students will forever be the beneficiaries of that definition put into practice in band halls in every corner of the world.

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.”