October 25-26: 2 Panels in Washington DC

I'll be on two panels at two different music / policy conferences this October in Washington, D.C.

At the Music Cities Convention, on Sunday, 10/25, I'll be on a panel titled "The Artist's View" with Joyce Linehan of the City of Boston, Michael Orlove of the National Endowment for the Arts and Ben Herson of Nomadic Wax and Rebel Music. We'll be talking about music, and cultural policy that supports it (or doesn't). I'll be sharing my experiences working as a professional musician (and sometimes educator) in NYC since 1994 and Austin Texas (2005-2013).

The next day, I'll be at the Future of Music Policy Summit at Georgetown University on a panel titled "Music And Education: Advancing The Future". The panel is moderated by Ken Umezaki and includes the panelists:

In this one hour session, we'll be discussing the following three themes:

Rethinking Music Education’s core values: 

  • What are some the key ways educators, administrators and foundations are rethinking what music education represents within the educational systems? (examples: STEM vs STEAM, treating music as a language not a skill, catalyst for learning creativity and collaborative skills etc.)  
  • Does this translate to preparing students for the creative, global and personalized economy that is more likely to a bigger part of the economy?
  • What are the implications for arts education overall?



  • What is happening that is transformational within the practices of music education?  
  • What are some of the important actual initiatives that are taking place in schools and elsewhere? 
  • Are these new approaches serving, students, educators, musicians and the music industry better than the traditional systems in place today?
  • What are some of the key things you see in the "future" impacting music education?


The Role of Technology: 

  • What are some of the important developments in technology as applied to music education to:
  1. better educate current and future music makers;
  2. create music;
  3. market and distribute music. 
  •  Is there a technology “renaissance” happening music education?
  • What are some of the key initiatives needed to better integrate music ed tech into the hands of students?