It is the start of a new school year that is full of hopes and possibilities. As I think about it, I am reminded of a question my dear friend, the remarkable string pedagogue Bob Phillips asks each of us to ponder: “Do I want to teach for thirty years or teach the same year thirty times?”

Surely, we want to repeat what works, but let’s continue to challenge ourselves and seek for ever-better ways to help our students learn by disrupting the usual, doing the unexpected, trying the path of most resistance, doing something new, or trying something out of our comfort zone. Just try one thing today that you have never tried. Do something outlandish. Maybe, just maybe, variety isn’t just the spice of life!

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.”