Part 1. Philosophy of music education -- A rewarding lifetime goal -- Success in music education: chop wood, carry water -- The question is the answer -- The best advice is: don't take anyone's advice; find out for yourself -- The solution to success is in the mirror -- The importance of role models: my starting five -- The state of your art -- Waving the flag for music: a useful tool for advocacy -- The future of music education: the harmony begins at home -- Part 2. Achieving excellence in teaching music -- Creating a positive learning atmosphere -- The secret ingredient of master teachers: enthusiasm -- The wisdom of enthusiasm or the enthusiasm of wisdom -- Criticize in private, praise in public -- Being instrumental in opening your musical possibilities -- Time management equals a successful music program -- You make the call -- Proper care and feeding of music boosters -- High tech vs. high touch: the best of both worlds -- Visually musical? Musically visual?: one in the same -- Part 3. Student leadership -- Personality traits of the effective student leader -- Silence is golden -- I-me vs. we-us: a look at consistency -- Obeying the three laws of student leadership -- Getting serious about being positive -- The price of leadership: commitment! -- A message to students: how does your band live? -- Playing in the band.