Speaker Wires: Speakers in Education

Written by Rory Burbeck | Tuesday, Mar 4, 2014

Our SXSWedu Conference kicked off yesterday, celebrating the world’s educators and looking towards the future of a more enlightened society. In spite of certain stereotypes - and we don’t need to get into those here - music people are pretty darn educated too! In fact, we have a plethora of SXSW Music Conference Speakers who work in education. We’re highlighting four of them here today in the final 2014 edition of Speaker Wires.

SXSW 2014 Music Speaker: Arnt Maaso

SXSW 2014 Session: Distribution of Income in a Streaming Economy

Did you know that the digital share of the music market in Arnt Maasø’s home country of Norway is right around 78%? This makes Maaso the perfect candidate to lead a discussion on income distribution in our relatively new music streaming economy. Maaso is currently an Associate Professor of Media Studies at the Department of Media and Communication, University of Oslo, Norway.

SXSW 2014 Music Speaker: Maria Sciarrino

SXSW 2014 Session: Getting Your Music Heard in the Streaming Age

Maria Sciarrino is not directly involved in educating individual students, but that hasn’t stopped her from getting involved in research at the University of Pennsylvania! When she isn’t busy designing user experiences for the Wharton Research Data Services at Pennsylvania, she works as a musician and DJ in Philadelphia.

SXSW 2014 Music Speaker: Martin Atkins

SXSW 2014 Session: Band:Smart

Atkins is a veteran of bands Public Image Ltd., Pigface and Killing Joke, but has settled into a role as chair of the music business department at the recently opened SAE Institute in Chicago. He will be discussing topics covered in his book Band:Smart, offering his experience and advice to artists in Austin Convention Center Ballroom E on March 12.

SXSW 2014 Music Speaker: Steve Parker

SXSW 2014 Session: Museum Music: Art Galleries as Performance Space

Steve Parker holds degrees in Mathematics and Music from the University of Texas, Rice University and Oberlin College, and is currently an active performer and artists. He’s also currently the Director of the Trombone Studio and New Music Ensemble at the University of Texas at San Antonio. His session will take on the topic of utilizing art galleries as performance space.

Keep up with the list of Music Conference Sessions here.

Photo credits:
Arnt Maaso photo courtesy of the speaker
Maria Sciarrino photo courtesy of the speaker
Martin Atkins photo courtesy of the speaker
Steve Parker photo courtesy of the speaker