Boonshaft’s Blog

#136. The Magic Ratio

Through his research, Dr. John Gottman concluded that successful relationships follow “The Magic Relationship Ratio.” That magic ratio is 5:1. In a successful relationship, for...

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#135. Belonging

I have always been proud of being a teacher. More so, I have always been proud of each of our colleagues. But never in my life have I been prouder of what each of you has done,...

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#134. Never Again

As all of us have had to adapt to our new world, including the ways we must teach and the ways our students must learn, it makes me realize how much I have taken for granted over...

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#133. Look

Within the first millisecond of trying to use any meeting platform to have a gaggle of clarinets play at the same time, it becomes painfully obvious that simple pre-pandemic...

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#131. A Crystal Ball

In some ways, the tragic and unfathomable upheaval of March 2020 seems as if it were ten years ago. In other ways, it seems like it was yesterday. And sadly, my educational...

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#128. The Storm

Vivian Greene stated, “Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass. It’s about learning how to dance in the rain.” Though I have known those profoundly beautiful words for a...

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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. Dr. Boonshaft is currently on the faculty of Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, where he is Professor of Music. 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.”