What’s the difference between a teacher and just about everyone else? Well, I could write for hours and never really answer that question, but it might just be best summed up by saying that most people – in any situation where something needed to be accomplished – would say, “Get this done, now.” A teacher would say “Get this done, here’s how.” You may be thinking that’s just semantic wordplay. If so, I would ask you to read those two sentences again. I mean really read them. Without question, when I am at my worst as a teacher I go with the former. When I am at my very best, I always reach for the latter. And that, as we all know, virtually decides whether students succeed or not.  

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.