Innovating for the Future
In-Person Summit and Conference: July 23-26, 2025 | Online: June 7-8, 2025

The Piano Conference: NCKP 2025

The Piano Conference: NCKP 2025


The Piano Conference: NCKP 2025 seeks to explore the challenges and opportunities facing our international community at this inflection point for the profession. 

Returning to the Westin Chicago Lombard Hotel (Lombard, IL), The Piano Conference includes a new, innovative in-person summit and conference. The opening two-day summit engages the full community and provides a gathering for all to collectively share, dialogue, and exchange ideas. The facilitated summit will include a design-thinking process to collectively consider the immediate challenges, opportunities, and global impact of our field. Three main areas of focus include: 1) Teacher education curriculum 2) Teaching practices 3) New professionals. Outcome goals of the participatory summit are a vision document and action plan for the profession at large.

The Piano Conference includes two additional days of selected conference sessions as well as keynotes, concerts, and curated PEDx. The conference will also include an online event on June 7-8, 2025 to facilitate broad and international access. Multiple calls for participation include peer-reviewed proposals, teaching demonstrations, performances, and posters. 

Proposal Call

The Piano Conference: NCKP 2025 advances and supports the international field of piano teaching, learning, and performing. To innovate for the future, we seek programming that explores the challenges and opportunities of the present day and the future for practitioners and performers, arts leaders and advocates, professors and administrators, and new professionals and students.  

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