Boonshaft’s Blog

#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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#126. Time

Now that we have all gotten into the groove of distance learning, and most of us can’t leave our homes on days or hours off, we may find ourselves – more than likely – with more...

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#125. Remember to Stop!

Now that most of us have been teaching from home for a while, I have been hearing wonderful stories of creative teaching, unique ways educators are widening the scope of what...

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#124. Discovery

“Life's challenges are not supposed to paralyze you; they're supposed to help you discover who you are.” Those amazing words of Bernice Johnson Reagon remind us that it is in...

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#123. The Ultimate Measure

To paraphrase the remarkable Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., “The ultimate measure of a person is not where they stand in moments of comfort and convenience, but where they stand at...

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#122. Imagination!

For many of us, this week marks the start of distance-learning, remote-teaching, virtual-classrooms, or any number of other euphemisms for a form of education few of us and our...

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#121. Change Is Good

Before tomorrow’s band rehearsal, change your setup so it is reversed 180 degrees. That’s right, if your students were facing east, have them face to the west. You’ll have to...

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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.”