The remarkable Maya Angelou so eloquently stated, “People will forget what you said. People will forget what you did. But people will never forget how you made them feel.” And that, my friends, is why music education, in every form, is so powerful, important, evocative, formative, profound, addicting, fulfilling, inspiring, and captivating. Think about it: words are great, actions are important, but feelings are what stay with us forever. So remember that those musically emotional moments you help your students feel will be with them always. That the way we make each of them feel about themselves will be with them always. And that the gift of the power of music we help instill in each of our students will help them explore their emotions, explain their feelings, describe their thoughts, embrace their humanity and find beauty in their world, always.

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.