As a teacher, frustrations are inevitable. How we respond to those frustrations are often the measure of who we are – as much as what we do. So when frustrations happen, and start to get the better of me, I try to think about the words of a Chinese proverb I found in a fortune cookie many years ago: “Every truly great accomplishment is at first impossible.” Yes, it can be a long, sometimes frustrating road, but it is also the path that leads to wondrous, amazing and joyous things.

Peter Loel Boonshaft, Director of Education
KHS America

About the Author

Dr. Boonshaft 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 and Director of Bands. He has also been named Director of Education for KHS America. 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.”

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