“Never forget that a small group of people can change the world – it’s the only thing that ever has.” I’m guessing you’ve heard those wonderful words of Margaret Mead. They are so powerful and profound. And now, according to management consultant Wendy Tan, there is evidence that they are a fact as much as a sentiment. According to Tan’s research, we only need 25% of a team on board with a new idea to bring about change. Basically, if we can get a quarter of an organized group of people to buy into something, we will eventually convert the whole group to go that way. Think about how that statistic can impact our teaching and rehearsing! Working to make large changes in our expectations for things such as rehearsal deportment, behavior, preparedness, procedures, punctuality, focus or attitude can be downright daunting, But knowing that we can make that change a reality if we just get 25% of the group to do it should be incredibly heartening and encouraging to all of us.

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.