Stanford Thompson speaks about the importance of after school programs and how music serves as a vehicle for social change. See Stanford's students come on stage for a string performance that reduces the crowd to tears. As the new director of Tune Up Philly, Stanford Thompson helps kids acquire skills by learning musical instruments. Stanford is also the Artistic Director of the Reading (PA) Summer Music Institute, Philadelphia All-City Brass Symposium and the Meru (Kenya) Music Project. stanfordthompson.com In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxPhilly, where x = independently organized TED event. At our TEDxPhilly event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.
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