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Conversations, Part 3

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Conversations, Part 2

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Conversations, Part 1

Conversations, Part 1
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September/October 2018: Questions & Answers

As students return to their studies this fall, we offer timeless advice from Frances Clark's book  Questions and Answers , the compilation of her original monthly column in Clavier. 1 Every fall I feel the need for a shot in the arm to get me motivated for the year's teaching. Do you have a list of incentives for better teaching that might hel...
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Perspectives on teaching

This previously unreleased footage is an excerpt of a 1989 address given by Frances Clark at the State University of New York. Closed captions are available. Just click and toggle the "CC" button in the lower right of the video player.
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What a treat to be able to hear Francis Clark speak! I'm so glad you included this. I thoroughly enjoyed her discussion on teachin... Read More
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Questions and Answers: September/October 2017

QUESTION: I've read that Frances Clark often used classics, literature, and social sciences that don't seem related to piano teaching in her pedagogy classes. Would you comment on this and, if possible, give some examples? ​ANSWER  (Part III): In the last issue, we explored an essay entitled "The Aims of Education" by English mathematician and...
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Questions and Answers: July/August 2017

QUESTION : I've read that Frances Clark often used classics, literature, and social sciences that don't seem related to piano teaching in her pedagogy classes. Would you comment on this and, if possible, give some examples?   ANSWER : This is the second response of what could be dozens of answers to this wonderful question. In the last issue, ...
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Questions and Answers: May/June 2017

​Question : I've read that Frances Clark often used classics, literature, and social sciences that don't seem related to piano teaching in her pedagogy classes. Would you comment on this and, if possible, give some examples? ​Answer : This is true and it's something about which I could write many articles or perhaps even a book someday. Frances was...
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Beyond the Notes: An interview with Elvina Pearce

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Elvina Pearce studied piano with Isabelle Vengerova and pedagogy with Frances Clark. For more than six decades, she has presented recitals, workshops, and master classes in more than forty states as well as in Canada, the Republic of China, and Australia. Highlights of her pianistic career include recitals in Taipei, Taiwan, and Perth, Australia, a...
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Grow!

"Teaching is a growth, a natural process. It's the way children grow. No one tells them to be an inch higher, they BECOME an inch higher." – Frances Clark When I was the Admissions Director at the New School for Music Study , I would always let parents know that Frances Clark incorporated principles of educational philosophy into the art of teachin...
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Breakthrough!

Before I begin where I left off, I have to admit that writing a blog on Frances Clark is not an easy task. Miss Clark accomplished so much that it is difficult to summarize what needs to be said. Nevertheless, I will try to describe what made her piano method unprecedented. Developing an expansive library of teaching materials was certainly a chall...
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Practice Steps for Successful, Independent Learning

Recently, I interviewed a prospective student; a delightful, curious, 5-year old boy. Prior to the meeting, his mother informed me that he had been studying privately for two years already, at first taking three lessons per week, and more recently, two lessons per week. I was intrigued to see what he had learned. When they arrived for the interview...
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Nothing to undo

"We must rid ourselves of the notion that in each day of practice, we make fewer mistakes than the day before." – Frances Clark I believe that this idea is directly related to Frances' knowledge of the importance of habit. From William James: "We are copiers of our past selves." Frances often spoke of the first performance of any new piece. If the ...
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Frances Clark: A Legacy (The Early Years)

Hello again. My first blog was brief, as I could only give an overview of Frances Clark's contributions to piano pedagogy. In telling the story of Miss Clark's enduring legacy, now I will start at the beginning. Her ongoing effort to find a better way of teaching piano began well before the opening of The New School for Music Study in 1960. In othe...
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Teaching is not telling

This is one of Frances Clark's more "catchy" quotes. It shows off her feisty personality and sense of humor. What did she exactly mean? I believe one scenario might be illuminating: A teacher to the student: "But I told you that last week!" (The student has made that error over several weeks). The teacher might have told the student, but did not te...
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A Legacy

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Hello. My name is Tracy Grandy, a faculty member at The New School for Music Study. I would like to offer a brief history of The New School for those who do not know the full story. I also want to include information about the Clark piano method and describe teaching techniques that are used at the school. When I joined the faculty in 1999, I assum...
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A Philosophy of Piano Pedagogy

Editor's note: In this issue's column we present the conclusion of one of Frances Clark's popular lectures from the 1970s—"A Philosophy of Piano Pedagogy." The first part of this lecture can be found in our May/June 2013 issue.  Where can we turn to learn something more about the art of teaching? We can turn first to our own learning experienc...
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A Philosophy of Piano Pedagogy

Editor's note: In this issue's column we present the first half of one of Frances Clark's popular lectures from the 1970s—"A Philosophy of Piano Pedagogy."  Have you ever attempted the impossible? Well, that's what I'm about to do—discuss a philosophy of piano pedagogy in thirty minutes! The reason I dare attempt this is because everyone in th...
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The Editor's Page

​O n the eve of my departure for Princeton to participate in the filming of the new videos,  Co n v e rsations with Frances Clark, I attended a dinner in Los Angeles honoring the  distinguished composer, author, and editor, Willard Palmer, which was hosted by Morton Manus, president of the Alfred Publishing Company . During an evenin...
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