Staff

DeborahRamboSinn Deborah Rambo Sinn, serves as the Interim Editor-in-Chief in addition to her other duties as the Director of Digital Content and Operations for Clavier Companion. She holds a doctorate degree from Indiana University, where she studied with Menahem Pressler, and she is the author of the popular book Playing Beyond the Notes (Oxford University Press, 2013). 
sale Craig Sale, NCTM is the Senior Editor of Clavier Companion. Before retiring, he was  Director of the Preparatory & Community Piano Program at Concordia University Chicago, where he also taught courses in piano pedagogy. He holds degrees from Northwestern University and the University of Illinois, and a Professional Teaching Certificate from The New School for Music Study, where he received his pedagogical training from Frances Clark.
betts Steve Betts, Managing editor, is Professor of Music and Associate Dean of the Shelby and Ferne Collinsworth School of Music at California Baptist University in Riverside, CA. He serves as a managing editor for Clavier Companion and is a contributing author to the Frances Clark Library for Piano Students.
geffen Susan Geffen is a managing editor of Clavier Companion. She is active as an educator, adjudicator, presenter, panelist, and writer. She is a specialist in Recreational Music Making and has also worked as a composer's assistant and orchestral score proofreader.
pete jutras Pete Jutras, Ph.D., NCTM, is the former Editor-in-Chief of Clavier Companion and now serves as the magazine's Senior Advisor. He is the Associate Director for Research and Graduate Studies at The Hugh Hodgson School of Music at the University of Georgia in Athens.


Associate Editors

bachus Nancy Bachus is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music and has taught for twenty-seven years at the college and university level. She is the author of Alfred Publishing's "Spirit" series: the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Beyond the Romantic Spirit piano anthologies, and the Exploring Piano Classics series, graded literature with a cross-indexed technique book at each level. Certified as a Master Teacher by MTNA, she currently maintains an independent piano studio in Hudson, Ohio.
berr Bruce Berr has been an independent teacher and university professor of piano and pedagogy for a long time. He is known nationally as a clinician, educational composer and arranger, and author on a wide variety of topics related to teaching, music, and piano. His column on personal observations, "ad lib," appears regularly in American Music Teacher magazine, and he has been editor of the Rhythm department for Keyboard Companion and Clavier Companion since 1997. Explore his website at BruceBerr.com.
conda Michelle Conda is Professor of Piano and Coordinator of Secondary Piano and Piano Pedagogy at the Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music. Her area of expertise is the field of andragogy - teaching adults. She is a founding member of and on the Steering Committee of GP3: The National Group Piano/Piano Pedagogy Forum.
johnson Rebecca Grooms Johnson, Ph.D., NCTM, is a nationally respected leader in the field of piano pedagogy. She is an independent teacher and has taught extensively at the unviersity level. Active in the Music Teachers National Association, she has served as President of the Ohio MTA, National Chair of MTNA's Pedagogy Committee, and national Certification Chair.
litterst2 George Litterst is a nationally known music educator, clinician, author, performer, and music software developer. A classically trained pianist, he is co-author of the intelligent accompaniment software program, Home Concert Xtreme, the electronic music blackboard program, Classroom Maestro, and the long distance teaching and performing software, Internet MIDI.
Nicholas Phillips sq Nicholas Phillips, serves as the Recording Editor for Clavier Companion. He is Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, has performed in solo recitals across the United States and abroad, is an active recording artist, and is a regular presenter at national and international conferences.
Scott McBride Smith 2015 Scott McBride Smith is the Cordelia Brown Murphy Professor at the University of Kansas. A recognized leader in music education, his philosophical and cognitive approach, combined with a sense of humor, has made him an audience favorite around the world. His numerous practical initiatives to improve today's piano lesson experience include the series American Popular Piano and the summer program International Institute for Young Musicians.
t smith Helen Smith Tarchalski teaches in her independent studio in Maryland and on the faculty of Anne Arundel Community College, and has taught at the U.S. Naval Academy. She is a graduate of Peabody Conservatory and holds the MTNA Master Teacher Certificate. Her students have been featured performers with the National Philharmonic Orchestra and at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Terrace Theater.


Contributing Editors

Tony Caramia
Geoffrey Haydon 
Phillip Keveren
Barbara Kreader
Jane Magrath 
Robert Weirich

Copy Editors
Carla Dean Day
Kristen Holland Shear

Design And Production

Trevor Roberson

Circulation
Publication Fulfillment Services

Executive Staff at the Frances Clark Center

Jennifer Snow sq Jennifer Snow, is the first full-time Executive Director for the Frances Clark Center. Snow is a former Vice President, Teacher Education for the Royal Conservatory and previously was a member of the keyboard faculty at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music. She holds a doctorate degree from Northwestern University. 
RyanGreene Ryan Greene is Director of NCKP and Director of Digital Operations and Advertising for Clavier Companion. He earned his BM in Piano Performance from Butler University and his MM in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from Southern Methodist University. He coordinated the Young Professionals Track at the 2014 MTNA National Conference, and the 2015 MTNA Collegiate Chapters Piano Pedagogy Symposium.
Allison Shinnick sq

Allison Shinnick is The Frances Clark Center's Digital Communications and Marketing Coordinator. She teaches at The New School for Music Study in Kingston, New Jersey. She holds a Masters of Music in Piano Performance from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance, where she studied piano with Dr. Robert Weirich. Allison completed a Bachelor of Music degree from Lawrence University Conservatory of Music (Appleton, WI) with majors in piano performance and oboe performance and a minor in German. She studied piano with Dr. Catherine Kautsky, oboe with Howard Niblock, and pedagogy with Mary Van De Loo.




About Clavier Companion

Clavier Companion is the leading resource for pianists, piano teachers, and piano enthusiasts. We bring you informative, interesting, and inspiring ideas on all aspects of piano teaching and learning.

Follow us on

Terms of use

Have questions?

We are happy to help.

Editorial questions? This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Advertising questions? This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Subscription questions? This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Technical questions? This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.