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Theme: The Arts and Education

This event occurred on
January 26, 2013
12:00pm - 1:30pm PST
(UTC -8hrs)
Agoura Hills, CA
United States

TEDxConejo is proud to be the first event in the brand new Performing Arts Center built for the students and community of the Las Virgenes area. In a short hour and fifteen minute salon program, we will focus on the roles art can play in learning. Our event opens with a performance by Tetrachord, the renowned jazz combo featuring Agoura student musicians, and includes short talks by John Fisher, the architect of the two new Las Virgenes Community theaters, entrepreneur and music industry leader Matt Serletic, music educator Douglas Goodkin, Rosalyn Kahn, an English as a Second Language educator who incorporates performing arts in her program, Chris Lam, a high school student and creative writer student whose life changed at the California Summer School for the Arts, and a very special recorded TED Talk from Adam Sadowsky, the mind behind the OK GO music video "This Too Shall Pass."

Performing Arts and Education Center
Agoura High School
28545 West Driver Avenue
Agoura Hills, CA, 91301
United States
Event type:
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Matt Serletic

Songwriter, producer, record-label owner, and technology entrepreneur Matt Serletic is the co-founder and CEO of the independent entertainment and technology company Music Mastermind. He has written, produced, and marketed recordings that have sold in excess of 110 million albums and have generated more than $1 billion in revenue for major label companies. Over a 14-year career, Serletic has written and produced records that have earned him multiple GRAMMY, ASCAP, BMI, Billboard, and CMA Awards, and his projects have been licensed by a multitude of major television networks and media companies. In 1999, he produced the most successful Billboard chart single in the rock era to date: Carlos Santana's "Smooth," which, since its release, has sold 25 million units. Matt's first music company, Melisma, was founded in 1996 and has sold in excess of 50 million albums with artists like Rob Thomas and Matchbox Twenty. Owing to his success at Melisma, he was hired as Chairman and CEO of Virgin Records America, where he became the youngest-ever head of a major label. Over a four-year period, he successfully reorganized operations and improved the bottom line by $240 million. He is now Owner and CEO of Emblem Music Group, a recording and publishing company. A native of Stone Mountain, Georgia, Matt developed his musical and managerial expertise in his teens as a young musician, band member, and session player. At the age of 13, he joined the band Collective Soul as a keyboard player and launched his career by producing their debut album. Matt earned his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Music Performance at the University of Miami School of Music, graduating with Honors and earning membership in Phi Beta Kappa.

John Sergio Fisher

John Sergio Fisher AIA. He received his Bachelor of Architecture and Master of Architecture degrees from Carnegie Institute of Technology (his master's thesis was on acoustical design for concert halls) and was a Fulbright scholar in Finland. He was a design instructor at Carnegie Tech for two years. He joined the faculty of the Department of Architecture at the University of California Berkeley where he was chairman of the Environmental Control Systems Study Area and has been practicing in California since that time, with a four-year hiatus as Dean of the School of Architecture at Syracuse University. Upon his return to California, he opened this present practice. He has also been a visiting design professor at Cal Poly, Pomona and a part-time instructor at UCLA and Woodbury University, and was a visiting professor at Tsinghua University in Beijing in the Fall of 1993 teaching theatre design. John has 44 years experience as a registered architect and as principal of his own architectural firms. He has been involved with the design of more than 250 new and renovated performance venues throughout California, the nation, Europe, Asia and South America, many of which have won design awards and have been published nationally and internationally. He has perfected a technique for facilitating arts groups in participatory, group creative problem solving sessions which achieve consensus on programming and design issues. He has written articles on theatre and has lectured nationally and internationally on architectural design, performance spaces, and green buildings. He has a long history of personal and professional involvement with performance. He played the violin, was an actor and flew scenery before starting his architectural studies. John has served on the Board of Trustees of the Los Angeles Actors' Theatre/Los Angeles Theatre Center for twelve years, the Board of Directors of the Back Alley Theatre for three years and is in his 18th year of the Board of Directors of the Robey Theater Company. He is a member of the AIA National Committee on Design, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, United States Institute for Theatre Technology, Association for Theatre in Higher Education, the U.S. Green Building Council, the Acoustical Society of America and the League of Historic American Theatres. While at Syracuse University, he supervised the HUD research grant on Making Buildings and Facilities Accessible and Usable by Physically Disabled People (ANSI-A117.1).

Doug Goodkin

Doug Goodkin is most well-known for his work as a music educator and particularly as a proponent of Orff Schulwerk, a dynamic approach to music education developed by composer Carl Orff and his colleague, Gunild Keetman. This work has led him deeper into education as a means to shape the future by meeting the promise of humanity in each of its developmental phases. A career of working with preschool, elementary, middle school, college students and adults has provided insight into the special needs of each age level and the universal needs of all ages. Traveling and teaching throughout the world has helped sift out where cultures both differ and converge and inspired him to celebrate both. His three decades of work in one school has given him the opportunity to help shape a community that inspires the higher impulses of children and adults alike. Experienced teacher, perpetual student, avid reader, prolific writer, performing musician, social activist, jazz aficionado and piano player, Zen Buddhist practitioner, and world traveler, Doug's diverse work and interests are tied together by a vision of celebrating individual flowering within the circle of community.

Christopher Lam

Christopher is a senior at Westlake High School whose hobbies include but are not limited to playing trumpet, drawing people, stand up comedy and writing of all types. Holding an officer position in his school's chapter of the organization Future Business Leaders of America, Christopher hopes to major in marketing after high school. He plans to talk about his experiences at California State Summer School for the Arts (CSSSA), and some of the lessons he learned there that not only applied to art but to life. While at CSSSA Christopher learned a saying he now lives by: "Do something that scares you." He believes that is one of the most important things he learned from that program, and would like to teach others that everyone should do something that scares them.

Rosalyn Kahn

Rosalyn Kahn earned her B.A. at University of CA Santa Barbara in Sociology with an emphasis in Communication Studies. She took a year off to travel the world promoting cultural understanding in a group called Up with People. This one year made a lasting impression as she still works with international students helping them master the skills of conversational English. She returned for her M.A. in Speech Communication at CA State University of Northridge. Her working experience includes working as bilingual teacher in LAUSD in the San Fernando Valley. She also has worked with youngsters starting at 5 years old all the way up to college age and adults. She especially enjoys working on an individual basis with students to provide the assistance lacking in their regular education program. This passion is part of the reason she finds tutoring both youngsters and adults so gratifying. It also has been shown to be successful with her students as noted in the testimonials. She has also done corporate training in business organizations. Most recently she has spent the last decade working in community colleges and universities throughout Southern CA. The majority of her classes are public speaking, interpersonal communication and conversational English. She has often been complimented for the passion she brings to the profession. One notable accomplishment has been helping the Taft High School speech team make it the National Decathlon Championship in 2007. She has been running Service Learning Programs, getting her students work experience while they master English. She has contacts with innovative politicians, comedians, and outstanding individuals to inspire students to pursue their dreams. She has over 15 years working in the community colleges, six years working with high school students, and has spent the last couple of years tutoring students on a one-on-one basis. She specializes in tapping into individual students' interests and formulating a plan to help them succeed.


Their goal is to reinvent the art form that is jazz, to get the younger generation to look at jazz in a different light. Tetrachord, look at jazz as a creative, unique, complicated, and inspiring music. The combo includes Agoura students Chris Palmer on bass, Andrew Nisenberg on guitar, and John Miller on tenor saxophone. They believe that if they can instill the idea that jazz is “cool,” in the youth, jazz, a dying art form, can come back to life.

Organizing team


Thousand Oaks, CA, United States
  • Peggy Palmer