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 crystal ball isn’t working any better now than it did then. Does anyone know what this school year will bring for us or our students? No. Can we predict how we will approach our teaching for the months to come? No. Are we sure what schools will look like as the weeks scroll by and the state of our world changes, seemingly daily? Absolutely not. The truth is, I don’t know much of anything when it comes to the future. However, I do know one thing, and I can herald it with absolute certainty: Music teachers will continue to provide music education to children because we know how important it is. Because we don’t know any other way. Because we understand the power, beauty, and majesty of music in every child’s life. That is our mission. That is our calling. It won’t be easy or normal, but it is just as important as ever – maybe more. And at least for the foreseeable future, it will be a massive challenge. So, we just have to remember that sometimes the greatest challenges can provide the springboard for great possibilities and opportunities if we continue to be creative, resourceful, and imaginative. But you already knew that because you are a music teacher. That’s as much who you are as what you do!
Peter Loel Boonshaft, Director of Education
About the Author
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 a 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.”
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