David Arden has been a pedagogical innovator in the area of early- years music education for 25 years. He was Assistant Professor at the University of California at San Diego and is the founder and Director of the New School of Piano, established in San Francisco in 1985. He is the author of "Creative Music-Making At The Piano", an instructional book for preschool age children. In 1999 Mr. Arden launched an early-years piano instruction program for the Whitney Young Child Development Center in San Francisco.

Mr. Arden is also an award-winning concert pianist and recording artist. He has received the Kranichsteiner Prize at Darmstadt, First Prize at the Gaudeamus International Competition, and was a Prizewinner in the Carnegie Hall International Competition for American Music. Mr. Arden has also received the Meet The Composer/Arts Endowment Commissioning Music Grant and the Asian Cultural Council’s Japan Fellowship Grant. He has recorded for the Musica Magna, New Albion, CRI and KOCH International labels.

Michelle Bushneff has produced some of the best and most popular children’s edutainment software titles, such as Dr. Seuss Kindergarten, Kid Pix, Rugrats Printshop, Carmen Sandiego, and over 20 LeapPad books. She is a consultant for the KTA School Program software.

UCLA Professor of Education James Catterall is one of the world's preeminent arts education researcher and author of numerous publications, including Champions of Change: The Impact of the Arts on Learning. He will lead the Keys To Achievement outcomes evaluation research.

Stephen Massey worked as a nuclear weapons physicist before obtaining his MBA and entering the business world. He was Director of Corporate Planning at Michigan Consolidated Gas and has been a counselor for the Service Corps of Retired Executives since 1993.

Anisa Rasheed is Program Manager for Visual and Performing Arts Programs for the Oakland Unified School District. She has been teaching in arts education for 21 years and is currently focusing on the restoration of quality, comprehensive arts education for all students in Oakland public schools.

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