One night, while channel surfing on the television, I stumbled upon a show where they were visiting a farm. They panned from one bucolic scene of pastures and fields of thriving crops to the next. Then the commentator started interviewing the farmer as they both stood on the side of a very, very large field that was completely barren. No crops, no grass, no nothing. Just dirt. The interviewer asked, “Why is this field empty?” To which the farmer, smiling from ear to ear, said, “You see an empty field? Huh. I see potential. I see possibilities.” Isn’t that powerful? Isn’t that remarkable? Isn’t that fantastic? And isn’t that what you do as a teacher every single day? You see every student through the same lens as that farmer saw his field: full of potential and possibilities. Just as that empty field – with diligent hard work, wisdom, kindness, skill, and patience – will someday flourish, so too will your students, because of you. And that’s how important you are in the lives of every child you teach.

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.