The more we can include other subject areas in our performances, the more we solidify our importance in the school as a whole. How about finding a piece that features authentic African drumming, and instead of just having the band perform it, you enlist the talents of teachers from as many other subjects as possible? Maybe have the industrial arts/technical education teachers help students make replicas of traditional African drums, the art teachers help students decorate those drums appropriately, the physical education teachers have students learn traditional dances that would have been done, and the history/global studies teachers provide units on the importance and function of those incredibly important parts of life in those cultures. The list of possibilities that could involve virtually every facet of the school community is seemingly endless. And all of that could be made possible because of music in our schools.

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.