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PEDx9 continues at the National Conference on Pedagogy 2019 with a new line-up of fascinating subjects and visionary thinkers! PEDx9 is about challenging boundaries between art, pedagogy, service, music, technology, and entrepreneurship. It is equally about dreaming and life-changing innovation. Speakers at PEDx9 receive 20 minutes to give the "talk of their lives," delivered in a rapid-fire format, accompanied by exciting visuals and demonstrations.

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Latitude 49

Latitude 49 is a dynamic mixed-chamber ensemble exploring new sounds, engaging diverse audiences, and holding hands with composers of today. From its beginnings in Michigan, L49 has grown into a major presence on the new-music scene with performances and residencies throughout the country. L49 has become known for a vibrant, passionate onstage presence, which the group has brought to past performances at the Ravinia Festival, Chicago Cultural Center, Constellation Chicago, the Detroit Institute of Art, and the Ear Taxi Festival in Chicago, where the ensemble premiered a new version of Pulitzer-Prize winner Shulamit Ran’s “Birkat Haderekh—Blessing for the Road II”.   In March 2016, Latitude ventured to NYC for appearances at (le) Poisson Rouge and The Juilliard School, where the ensemble joined with the Attacca Quartet for the premiere of Jared Miller’s Fuse.


Bryann Burgess
Rethinking disABILITIES and Music Education, A young woman with Down Syndrome shares her insights and reflections of her musical journey thus far

Bryann Burgess was born with Down syndrome in 1988, but Down syndrome has not stopped her from pursuing excellence, or in advocating for inclusion for everyone in music study. Join her as she shares stories and insights from her life as a pianist and singer, actor, lecturer, and board member of arts organizations. Special needs should not prevent individuals from pursuing education in the arts. Inclusion in music study via adaptive pedagogy can allow everyone to achieve excellence and contribute to the greater good that the arts can provide to society. This inspiring talk will illustrate the changes that Bryann has made in her community, and the impact she has had on music and the arts, and on her teachers, fellow students and colleagues.

Bryann Burgess is a 2012 CarolinaLIFE graduate from the University of South Carolina, where she studied for three years with Dr. Scott Price, Professor of Piano and Piano Pedagogy. She is a certified Kindermusik teacher, and a crew member at Trader Joe’s, where she has worked for three years. Bryann sings in the sanctuary choir at her church and performs in local community theatre. She is currently serving on the Board of Directors for the Columbia Children's Theatre. Bryann is a recognized motivational speaker who enjoys advocating and being a voice for people with disabilities. She enjoys reading, dancing, swimming, creative writing, and spending time with family and friends.


Dan Tepfer

Dan Tepfer has made a name for himself as a pianist-composer of wide-ranging ambition, individuality and drive — “a remarkable musician” in the words of the Washington Post and one “who refuses to set himself limits” in those of France’s Télérama. The New York City-based Tepfer, born in 1982 in Paris to American parents, has performed with some of the leading lights in jazz, including extensively with veteran saxophone luminary Lee Konitz. As a leader, Tepfer has crafted a discography already striking for its breadth and depth, ranging from probing solo improvisation and intimate duets to richly layered trio albums of original compositions.

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Lara Downes

Lara Downes is among the foremost American pianists of her generation, an iconoclast dedicated to expanding the resonance and relevance of live music for diverse audiences. A trailblazer on and off-stage, she follows a musical roadmap that seeks inspiration from the legacies of history, family, and collective memory. Downes’ playing has been called “ravishing” by Fanfare Magazine, "luscious, moody and dreamy” by The New York Times, and "addicting" by The Huffington Post. As a chart-topping recording artist, a powerfully charismatic performer, a curator and taste-maker, Downes is recognized as a cultural visionary on the national arts scene.

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Tim Topham
What I've learnt from 150+ podcast interviews...and counting

Tim is a creator of enterprising, innovative ideas for music educators. Tim speaks at local and international conferences, helping teachers maximise student engagement through creativity, technology and innovation. Tim holds an MBA, BMus, DipEd and AMusA.


Nicholas Phillips
#45miniatures Project

Described by the New York Times as an "able and persuasive advocate" of new music, pianist Nicholas Phillips is Associate Professor of Music at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.  He is an active soloist, having played across the United States.  He has also given a solo recitals in Korea (sponsored by the U.S. Embassy), Buenos Aires, Argentina, and at the Croatian Embassy in Washington, D.C. In 2011, Phillips released two CDs on Albany Records: Portals and Passages (TROY 1246), which features the works for solo piano by American composer Ethan Wickman, and Boris Papandopulo: Piano Music (TROY 1274), which features music by the famous Croatian composer.  His most recent CD, American Vernacular: New Music for Solo Piano, features works he commissioned from ten American composers.

Scott Donald



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Teaching in Lebanon

Dr. L. Scott Donald, is the owner of Studio A, a private piano studio and music consulting business in Austin, TX. A native of South Carolina, he earned his BM in Piano Performance at Furman University in Greenville, SC. He completed his MM in Applied Piano and DMA in Music Education/Piano Pedagogy from The University of Texas at Austin. His teachers include Danielle Martin (UT-Austin), John Roberts (Furman University) and he has worked in master classes with Richard Cass, Daniel Pollack, and Seymour Bernstein. Dr. Donald’s research in piano pedagogy has been featured at international and national conferences and he is active as a clinician for state and local teachers in Texas.

Pianist Jeremy Siskind is the winner of the 2012 Nottingham International Jazz Piano Competition and the second-place winner of the 2011 Montreux Solo Piano Competition. A two-time finalist for the American Pianist Association’s Cole Porter Fellowship, Siskind has performed jazz and classical music at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, and in Japan, Switzerland, Colombia, Denmark, Thailand, Cyprus, England, Lebanon, India, Tunisia, France, and China. Siskind began serving full-time on the keyboard faculty of Fullerton College in Southern California in 2017 after teaching at Western Michigan University for five years.

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