Wouldn’t it be great if every mistake our ensemble made was as noticeable as a unison being played as a minor second?! Those obvious mistakes we can pick out and remediate almost instantly. The problem I often notice is when mistakes are “consonant” in nature. Those errors that don’t sound that bad but are just as incorrect as their “dissonant” brethren. Mistakes like tutti versus solo, plastic mallets versus brass mallets, muted versus open, 8va versus loco, and the like.  Do they sound egregious? No. Are they just as wrong as those that sound like fingernails on a blackboard? Yes. It’s just a matter of us all being as diligent about, and keenly aware, of those far-less-than obvious mistakes. 

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. 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.” Dr. Boonshaft was selected for the Center for Scholarly Research and Academic Excellence at Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY, where he is Professor Emeritus of Music.