Joseph Pignato Presides over Panel Discussion on Underground Spaces

Dr. Joseph Pignato of the Music Department presided over a panel discussion at the Association for Popular Music Education’s annual conference, held on the campus of the University of Colorado Denver in mid-June. The panel, titled “Space is the Place: Locating Popular Music Education,” featured two additional panelists, Mr. Jarritt Sheel, a doctoral student at Columbia University and Mr. Chris Manik, an internationally renowned DJ. Mr. Manik is also a 2007 graduate of SUNY Oneonta. The panel, conceived of in the wake of the Ghost Ship warehouse fire, explored the importance of underground spaces in the lives of marginalized youth as well as ways in which schools, cultural institutions, and teachers might adapt to be more hospitable to youth cultures. Dr. Pignato’s participation was supported by a Faculty Development grant.