Instrumental Academy Promises Exhilarating, Thoughtful Instruction


 Peter Loel Boonshaft


Participants in the Instrumental Academy at Music Education Week next June will have a unique opportunity to explore conducting and rehearsal techniques with Peter Loel Boonshaft, a renowned conductor and clinician.

The National Association for Music Education (NAfME) presents Music Education Week each June, and it centers on professional development academies, advocacy efforts, and concerts.

Boonshaft will present “Instrumental Academy: Conducting, Rehearsing, and Inspiring with Passion,” during Music Education Week, June 22–25, 2012, in Baltimore, Maryland. The academy dates are Friday, June 22, and Saturday, June 23.

“It will be a wonderful opportunity for instrumental music teachers from across the country to join together to focus on solutions to everyday problems, suggestions to help motivate students, and ideas to further develop ensemble programs.  In this way, we are celebrating the work we have done as we strengthen our vision and resolve for what can be done,” Boonshaft said.

He has been invited to speak or conduct throughout the United States and overseas. He is the author of critically acclaimed books including Teaching with Passion, Purpose and Promise. He is also coauthor of Alfred Music Publishing’s new beginning method book series, Sound Innovations for Band and Sound Innovations for Strings.

Boonshaft is on the faculty of Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, where he is a professor of music and the director of the graduate conducting program.

In the academy he will explore conducting and rehearsal techniques, critical listening and the teaching of ensemble performance skills. Areas of focus will include:

  • Developing specific ways to correct, prevent, or elicit a musical outcome
  • Improving the ability to motivate and inspire students in rehearsals
  • Rehearsal concepts, techniques, common misunderstandings and errors made by conductors, and ideas to solve those problems.

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Roz Fehr, January 27, 2012, © National Association for Music Education (