Friday, July 28, 1:30pm

PEDx7 continues at the National Conference on Pedagogy 2017 with a new line-up of fascinating subjects and visionary thinkers!  PEDx7 is about challenging boundaries between art, pedagogy, service, music, technology, and entrepreneurship. It is equally about dreaming and life-changing innovation. Speakers at PEDx7 receive 20 minutes to give "the talk of their lives," delivered in a rapid-fire format, accompanied by exciting visuals and demonstrations. 

Soundings, a work by Dan Visconti
Fifth House Ensemble will perform Soundings by composer Dan Visconti, who worked closely with the group to create a work that is uniquely representative of the musicians in the ensemble.


The Chicago-Based Fifth House Ensemble is a versatile and dynamic group praised by the New York Times for its “conviction, authority, and finesse.” Having pioneered the art of narrative chamber music, 5HE’s innovative programs engage audiences through their connective programming and unexpected performance venues.

“Classical” Music is Dying…And That’s the Best Thing for Classical Music
Classical music is facing challenges in the 21st century, but one of the key reasons for this relates to the “classical,” old-fashioned rules that have sprung up relating to how it should be enjoyed.  The days of spontaneous applause and improvisation are gone, and instead have been replaced with glares toward coughs and an unwelcoming atmosphere.  Breaking down such “classical” rules of classical music is one of the key aspects of building new audiences and welcoming music-lovers across genres.

AlbrightCharlieCharlie Albright is a classical pianist, composer, and improviser hailed as “among the finest musicians of his generation” (Washington Post) with “jaw-dropping technique and virtuosity meshed with a distinctive musicality throughout,” (New York Times).  A graduate of Harvard College, the New England Conservatory, and the Juilliard School, Albright tours worldwide and has performed with such artists as violinist Joshua Bell, vocalist Bobby McFerrin, and cellist Yo-Yo Ma. 




Lessons from Kenya: Connecting the world through music
In 2015, a project was launched to teach distance piano lessons online to a high school in Kenya. The piano lessons continue, but the true lessons have been learned by the teachers. Stepping outside our normal world sheds a new light on music and its power to transform lives, providing inspiration for changing our teaching here at home.

JutrasPetePeter Jutras, Ph.D., NCTM, is Professor of Piano and the Piano Pedagogy Specialist at the Hugh Hodgson School of Music, where he also serves as Associate Director. He is the Editor-in-Chief of Clavier Companion and a frequent presenter at national and international gatherings.






Celebrating The Spectrum: A Festival of Music and Life
A first-of-its kind summer piano festival at Michigan State University is providing advanced music students on the autism spectrum a chance to preview life as a collegiate musician by immersing them in a daily schedule that emulates a week in the life of a music major.  Derek Polischuk will discuss the impact of this festival on the lives of these students, their families, and piano teachers.

PolischukDerekDerek Kealii Polischuk is associate professor of piano and director of piano pedagogy at Michigan State University.  At MSU, Polischuk has received the Curricular Service-Learning and Civic Engagement Award, and Teacher-Scholar Award.  






Pianos for People
Pianos for People is quickly gaining national attention as a unique nonprofit addressing two issues close to the heart of music educators: the diminishing presence of pianos in the household, and the increasing number of pianos abandoned or destroyed every year. Learn how this growing organization is returning good pianos to the American living room -- by delivering them to the homes of underpriveliged families, and providing free lessons at their warm and welcoming school in the city.

TownsendTomTom Townsend is CEO and Board Chair of Pianos for People in St. Louis, Missouri, and the A-Town Get Down Music and Art Festival in Savannah, Georgia. He is a blues and jazz pianist, whose life before nonprofits was spent in the advertising business. He has been recognized by the Daytime Emmy Awards, Clio Awards, National Addy Awards, The One Show, Communication Arts, and Cannes, for such brands as AT&T, M&M/Mars, Anhueser-Busch, The Hartford, and other major brands.
EastmanPatriciaPatricia Eastman is co-founder and board member of Pianos For People in St. Louis. She is on the adjunct piano faculties of St. Louis University and Webster University where she is the co-director of the Summer Classical Piano Camps for 4th-12th graders and the Piano Ensemble Festival. Pat loves performing the duo-piano repertoire, and is active in a variety of teaching and collaborative endeavors. She holds the M.M. in Piano Performance and Pedagogy. Her teachers have included Joseph Kalichstein, Daniel Schene , Marilyn Neeley, Eric Larsen, and Philippe Drevet. The accordion was her first instrument.