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Music, youth, and holistic wellness to be discussed at this yearís TEDx conference
Friday, October 11th, 2013
Issue 41, Volume 17.
The conference is one of many regional TED events that takes place across the country; the events, both at the local and international levels, focus on a variety of different topics and their main purpose is the dissemination of ideas.
This yearís Temecula TEDx conference is called "The Next Stage," and will focus on what the next stage is not only for Temecula as a city, but for the state and for people in general.
The conference will be taking place from 1 to 7 p.m. on Nov. 16 at the City Hall Building in Old Town Temecula. Speeches and performances will take place during a series of three 90 minute intervals, and these intervals will be broken up by three 45 minute breaks.
This yearís speakers and their topics are as follows:
• Neil Anderson – Music & Community
• Lexi Provost – Youth of Today
• Leah Di Bernardo – Supporting Local Business
• Kyle Napalan – The Need for Art Collectives
• Jan Smith – The Next Stage of Hospitality
• Guy Romero – Discovering Studentís Purpose
• Celeste Cantu – A Sustainable Water Authority in the 21st Century
• Guy Reams – Creativity & Education
• Dr. Terry Rondberg – Next Stage of Holistic Wellness
• Wes Schaeffer – The Next Stage of Tech is Personal
But the event isnít only about speeches. There will be a variety of engaging activities designed to be thought-provoking and fulfilling
to the purpose of disseminating ideas.
Dr. Vanessa Sheldon, a music professor at Mt. San Jacinto Collegeís Menifee campus, will be doing several different renditions of songs using the harp such as Rock Ďní Roll hits "Stairway to Heaven" and "Dream On," as well as Jazz tune "In the Mood."
Sheldon said she became interested in the harp because when she was growing up, her family owned one that was no longer being used and she decided to take it up. Since that time she has developed a love for the harp, which she said is reported to be one of the most difficult instruments to play in the world because it has 43 strings and seven pedals in three different positions.
In doing a variety of different songs with the harp, Sheldon said she hopes people will be encouraged to go to harp performances or maybe even consider playing the instrument themselves.
"We could always use more harpists in the world," she said. "And if people discover itís a really fun instrument, then more people could get into it and be interested in playing it or going to a harp concert."
Kyle Naplan, founder of non-profit art collective "The Dial" in Murrieta, shares Sheldonís enthusiasm for music. He will be talking about how he came up with a nonprofit organization that allows artists, musicians and bands to showcase their talent. Hewill also be explaining why he thinks the collective model is so important for adolescents in the community as well as individuals who have never performed before.
Naplan, who plays in his own band, said he has seen the way the fall of the economy has impacted music venues.
"There was this one point in high school where weíd always play shows every weekend," he said. "But then it got to the point where the economy collapsed and these places couldnít hold these all-ages venues anymore because they werenít making any kind of profit and thatís what collapsed that whole market."
Naplan said he doesnít believe the pay to play method – where many young performers and bands are tricked into selling pre-sale tickets to play their local venues – encouraged today as a result of the "collapse" is conducive to allowing every aspiring musician to rise to greatness.
"Well, with that formula it diminishes the beauty of creating of self for a lot of people; it diminishes the development of that whole process," he said. "And that was something I realized by having a younger brother. That was something he was getting into at an age where there were a lot of opportunities for me."
So Naplan created his nonprofit "The Dial," which is dedicated to pooling together individualistic resources for the purpose of allowing artists and bands to perform and play. Since heís created the nonprofit, heís been really impressed by the reception of parents and of the adolescent performers themselves.
"I see some of these kids going crazy for some things I might not even get," he said. "But thatís OK because what youíre seeing is kids giving and sharing their own space with other people."
Lexi Provost, a senior at Great Oak High School, said she hopes to encourage members of the young adult community to become more involved while also celebrating those that already are.
"Iím going to talk about three different pillars to help us be able to game-change," she said.
The GOHS senior and ASB President said those three pillars which many students should strive for are community service outreach, leadership and scholastic achievement.
Provost said she decided to do a TED talk because she has been interested in the TED series for a long time.
"I follow TED talks like crazy," she said. "I always download their podcasts, so Iíve always been really interested in them."
Provost said that while the three pillars are something students and adolescents should strive for, many students are already looking toward these pillars and are making a difference in their community.
"The reason I chose this (topic) is because I believe this generation is changing things and is greatly more influential than the generations before them," she said.
For more information about the TED Talks, visit their website at www.ted.com/tedx/events/4855.
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