Yogi Berra, in his inimitable way, said, “It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future.” And I guess that’s really very true for almost every aspect of life. But as teachers, isn’t that what we do pretty much every day? We predict the future by making it so. We teach what’s needed to have that future become a reality for every student. In truth, we don’t predict the future, rather, in so many ways we cause it. It is so much like a painter who looks at a blank canvas, imagines what it can be, and works to create a lasting work of art. Or a sculptor with a block of marble, an architect drafting plans for a building, an author writing a book, a composer creating a piece of music, or so many creative endeavors. But in our case, we help to mold human beings. We help shape their futures by teaching creativity, a love of the arts, a sense of independence, pride, work ethic, imagination, following directions, interpersonal communication, working as part of a team, sensing beauty, feeling emotions, and so much more. In short, we help create what will be. We allow every student a lens through which to view their world. So as you walk into that next class, lesson or rehearsal please remember how important you are in the lives of all you teach. And that importance goes well beyond those little black dots on a sheet of white paper. How’s that for an awesome responsibly and magnificent honor?

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.