I recently saw an advertisement that read, “Smile. It’s contagious.” And I couldn’t help, well, smiling. It’s absolutely true and we all know it. So I started the next rehearsal by just standing in front of my students wearing a giant smile. They couldn’t help themselves. Each of them just had to smile back! It’s so simple, but makes such a difference.

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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