Stasis, the notion of things just staying the same, can be comforting. We usually embrace the idea that “what has always happened will happen again.” When going to our favorite restaurant, we can count on the dish we love being the same every time we order it. And in that case, stasis is wonderful. However, when we are trying to change things, whether they are routines, attitudes, or techniques, often the best way to do that is by disrupting the usual. Truly disrupting “what has always been” is the first step in doing things a different way. Though it’s true that making subtle changes that progress in such tiny increments as to be almost unnoticeable is often a great approach, sometimes the best way to make a new approach work is to disrupt what has always been to make way for what now will be.

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.