To paraphrase the words of James M. Barrie: We have the gift of memory so that we might have roses in the dead of winter. Though those profound words can be applied to so many things in life, for us as music teachers I think they help remind us of the importance of setting high expectations for our students, focusing and crafting our teaching and rehearsing so we can expeditiously accomplish those goals, all the while encouraging our students to forge ahead because they remember the “roses” they created last “winter.”

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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