Boonshaft’s Blog

#146. Assumptions

In his wonderful book, Expect The Unexpected Or You Won’t Find It, Roger von Oech shares a fabulous story that is as insightful as it is adorable. “Folklore has it that explorer...

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#144. Understanding?

All too often, I’ll ask a student to do something, and when they do, I take comfort and pride in the fact that they did it. At those times, I find myself feeling there should be...

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#142. Stravinsky Knew!

When I think of all the goals we set for our students, of all the hopes we have for our teaching, of all the things we want to linger as our influence on them for the rest of...

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#141. Horizons

For many of us, our “second-period concert band” of 76 students has become four sections of 19 students, our 42-minute rehearsal is now a 30-minute Zoom meeting, seeing our...

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#140. Pride

Of all the tools we have as teachers, wouldn’t you agree that praise certainly numbers among the most powerful. When students feel pride in their accomplishments from us praising...

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#139. Fatigue

Let’s face it: teaching is hard, tiring and downright exhausting. Sometimes frustration and fatigue can allow us to lose sight of what’s important – of what’s truly important –...

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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.”