Webinar Registration: Concept Preparation

Join The Frances Clark Center on Wednesday, February 13, at 11am for the next Teacher Education Webinar! Register now ​ Concept Preparation: The Missing Link This webinar will explore one of Frances Clark's most important teaching principles - students must be prepared for all new concepts before they are presented. This is easily applied to all te...
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January/February 2019 issue flipbook

​Click here to view an interactive flipbook version of the January/February 2019 issue of Clavier Companion: The Piano Magazine.
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Webinar Registration: Colors in Debussy Preludes with Spencer Myer

Join The Frances Clark Center on Wednesday, January 16, at 11am   for the first Teacher Education Webinar of 2019! Register now Colors in Debussy Preludes: A practical how-to exploration of painting with sound Claude Debussy was a master of utilizing the vast color palette of the piano to create vivid pictures in sound. The composer left littl...
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January/February 2019: Piano News

MusicEdConnect Online Conference 2019 Sessions Announced Registration is underway for an innovative and informative online conference. On February 1-2, 2019 more than twenty presenters will give sessions on a broad array of pedagogical topics such as teaching piano technique, coaching students, teaching online, using digital key...
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September/October 2018: Preludes

Piano Competitions Cooper International Competition Winners Announced Seventeen-year-old Tony Siqi Yun (from Canada) recently won the 2018 Cooper Competition performing the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat Minor, Op. 23 in the concerto finals with The Cleveland Orchestra. Seventeen-year-old Kai-Min Chang (from Taiwan) placed second, ...
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July/August 2018: Research

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Research on stimulating environments' effect on the brain lands NEA grant for Colorado State University A group of Colorado State University faculty studying the effect that engaging environments have on the brains of aging adults and people with dementia has received a prestigious grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to continue its work...
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July/August 2018: Preludes

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The Elvina Pearce Teacher Education Fund T he Frances Clark Center is thrilled to announce the generous and transformative gift received from renowned teacher Elvina Truman Pearce. This unprecedented legacy gift has been donated by Elvina to advance the mission of the Center through meaningful and high-quality teacher education. Through her generos...
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Celebrating our colleague, Bruce Berr

We are blessed in our profession to have opportunities to interact with the best in our field—the best teachers, colleagues, friends. Such has been the case for teachers across the country with our colleague, Bruce Berr. Bruce had been an Associate Editor with Keyboard Companion and Clavier Companion since 1997. Recently, he wrote a regular column ...
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Digital-Only: Piano Palooza in Cleveland!

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Over 50 young musicians had a fun-filled time at Piano Palooza, a carnival of music games for elementary-level piano students ages 12 and under. Participants visited game stations, collected a "punch" for each game played, then traded a completed card for a prize. Piano Palooza grew out of a smaller event that Avon Lake (OH) teacher Lynette Gray fi...
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May/June 2018: Preludes

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Musical News and Notes News from Clavier Companion! Starting with the September/October 2018 issue, Clavier Companion will feature a number of new and expanded columns—improvisational arts, the business of music, wellness and technology. You will see your favorites—Julie Jaffee Nagel, Bradley Sowash, Wendy Stevens, and Leila Viss—from time to time,...
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Remembering Jane Bastien

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Editor's note: These are longer versions of the articles from the May/June 2018 print version of Clavier Companion. Becoming Friends with Jane by Keith Porter-Snell I met Jane Smisor Bastien in the Spring of 1993, at the Joanna Hodges International Piano Competition and Conference , in Palm Desert, California. Jane was teaching masterclas...
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May/June 2018: Research: Unlocking the Keys to a Musical Mystery

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It has taken more than a year of painstakingly detailed work for Conservator John Watson to get closer to his goal of re-creating a piece of history.The Associate Curator of Musical Instruments for Colonial Williamsburg is fashioning a replica of a harpsichord George Washington purchased in 1793 for his teenage step-granddaughter Eleanor "Nelly" Pa...
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DIGITAL-ONLY CONTENT: The Harmony Program celebrates 10 years of service to New York City.

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Celebrating the success of its students and the vital role music plays in shaping communities in the New York City metro area This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Harmony Program, an organization that brings free instrumental music education into under-served communities across New York City and Long Island. Over the past ten years, the Harm...
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Digital-Only Content: Dartington Hall celebrates 70 years!

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Dartington Hall is a creative institution and historical meeting ground for those hungry to explore a new musical landscape, renowned for its compelling and diverse community of performers, composers and thinkers. Celebrating its 70th anniversary, the internationally renowned Summer School is at the heart of everything Dartington stands for. The 14...
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Piano Adventures® Receives 2018 MTNA Frances Clark Keyboard Pedagogy Award

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Piano Adventures by Nancy and Randall Faber, has been selected as the recipient of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Frances Clark Keyboard Pedagogy Award for 2018. The method was selected by members of the Frances Clark Center Board of Directors and ratified by the MTNA Board of Directors at its winter meeting. This annual award was e...
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Thank you, interns!

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Nearly two years ago, the concept for this website was launched, plans made, web designer hired. It has been, and continues to be, a massive project! We could not be as far along as we are with archiving materials if it weren't for the interns who worked long hours to upload content. We are now at over 1,000 articles that are searchable for your te...
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Preludes: Musical News & Notes

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Park, Zhou win 2017 Gina  Bachauer Piano Competition Chaeyoung Park and Yun-Chin Zhou earned gold medals at the 2017 Gina Bachauer Piano Competition at The Juilliard School. Park, a native of South Korea, previously studied piano with Jack Winerock and Scott McBride Smith.She is currently studying with Robert McDonald at Juilliard, where she i...
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Summer Music Camps 2018—programs for teachers

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Colorado 88 Creative Keys Summer Workshop Denver Bradley Sowash, Leila Viss, and guest faculty help classically trained pianists and teachers play and teach more creatively using innovative teaching techniques and tech-savvy tools. Ages 18-99. 30 participants. July 10-13. Tuition: $150-650. 88creativekeys.com The Well-Balanced Pianist Lakewood An i...
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Summer Music Camps 2018—programs for students

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Colorado Rocky Mountain Summer Conservatory Colorado Mountain College, Steamboat Springs.  Focuses on chamber music and solo repertoire in a mentoring environment. Curriculum includes conditioning, regular hikes, and leadership training. Enjoy interdisciplinary classes in art/photography/creative writing. Ages 11-21, 25-40 participants. June 1...
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Recent Research: Nov/Dec 2017

Music with the mind Neuroscientists have created the world's first musical instrument which can be played using only thoughts. The hands-free device may help rehabilitate those who are unable to play an instrument because of stroke, spinal cord injury, or ALS. 1 The instrument, called an Encephalophone, detects and translates brain signals into mus...
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