I love to tell stories, use metaphors, or make analogies in rehearsals. I’ve always felt it was a great way to connect with students, to describe an image of something we’re trying to create musically, to emotionally connect all of us with the music we are performing, to allow them a glimpse into my thinking, and to lessen frustration when it builds up. I think we all do those things in our own way. It is an important part of how we teach. But why does it work? Because those words are a wonderful way to use something our students know – something they can easily relate to – to inform them about something they don’t know. It’s really as simple and profoundly powerful as that. So let me tell you a story…

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.