I believe that a great part of our responsibility as educators is to explain what we teach, impart why it is important, promote the benefits of it, and show how it is rewarding to every stakeholder: students, parents, administrators, teachers of other disciplines, and community members. In short, I think no words describe this better than those of the remarkable educator Dr. Leo Buscaglia when he said, “What we do is a marvelous feast. We need to prepare the food with great relish and care, sample it frequently, dance around the table at mealtime, and invite everyone to join the celebration.” We each need to take every opportunity to do this as intensely as we can, for each moment we get to make music with young people is indeed a “feast” of joy and wonder.

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.