The renowned actor Leonard Nimoy is best known for playing the Star Trek character Spock on television and in movies. The thoughtful, half-human, half-Vulcan Science Officer aboard the USS Enterprise was a seemingly never-ending source of wisdom.

Shortly before his death, Mr. Nimoy offered a final public statement on Twitter that read, “A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory.” That was followed by the four letters “LLAP” which stood for his famous valediction, “Live long and prosper.” When I first read those beautiful and poignant words, I was taken by their grace, their power, their simplicity, and their truth. As I thought more about his words, I couldn’t help but think that they quite perfectly describe our goal, as teachers, for every child we teach. We hope to give them many perfect moments to remember for all their days. We hope to help them come to understand the beauty of their world. We hope to give them the tools to savor music and understand its magnificence. And we hope for each of them, that they indeed do “live long and prosper.”

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.