Spring 2022: Reflect: Life in Music

Never in our history has music been more critical for the well-being of people and communities. Shared musical experiences connect people in profound and beautiful ways. As we overcome the challenges of the last two years, making music is a powerful path forward.  All forms of music making are valuable and important. Yet, w...

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Winter 2022: Life in Music by Jennifer Snow

The new school year marks a time of beginnings and discoveries. As lifelong learners, we launch into the fall with aspirational plans for our students and for ourselves. The opportunity to synthesize newly acquired approaches, strategies, and skills inspires us to build on our craft and bring our best to our students. In our field, mentorship ...

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Autumn 2021: Life in Music

The new school year marks a time of beginnings and discoveries. As lifelong learners, we launch into the fall with aspirational plans for our students and for ourselves. The opportunity to synthesize newly acquired approaches, strategies, and skills inspires us to build on our craft and bring our best to our students. Colleagues attending NCKP...

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Summer 2021: Explore Life in Music

This summer we are starting to see a light at the end of the very dark pandemic tunnel. The prospect of gathering with loved ones, teaching in person, and enjoying life fully with travel and activities provides much-needed hope and inspiration. As we emerge from this deeply challenging period, we recognize a need to reflect...

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Spring 2021: Life in Music: Education is the greatest engine of personal development

By Jennifer Snow A year ago, we faced the decision to move NCKP 2021 to virtual from our traditional in-person event. At the time, it seemed like a radical idea as we were blinded by the unknowns of the pandemic and how our community would adjust. A year later, it is amazing to witness the extraordinary innovation in our field. NCKP 2021 Virtual is...

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Winter 2021: Life in Music

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With the approaching new year of 2021, it is time for reflection about where we have been, where we are now, and the path ahead. Our professional community has demonstrated extraordinary innovation and creativity throughout this year as we maintain piano education and music engagement for our students. The rapid transformation to online teaching an...

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Town Hall Discussion: Effective Teaching in Challenging Times and Beyond

Town Hall Discussion: Effective Teaching in Challenging Times and Beyond with Jennifer Snow, Sara Ernst, Andrea McAlister, Pamela Pike, and Craig Sale Did you enjoy this webinar? Please complete our brief survey to help us improve our webinar series and continue to bring you the highest quality resources in piano teaching. 

Autumn 2020: Life in Music

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As we prepare for the school year, many of us consider fall a new beginning. I imagine most of us would agree that there has never been a "new year" quite like the one we are experiencing. Many of us are feeling the long road of isolation and the uncertainty that lies ahead as we navigate the complexities of a global pandemic. The profound imp...

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Summer 2020: Life in Music

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Legacy and Innovation It is fitting that we are celebrating the sixtieth anniversary of the founding of the New School for Music Study by Frances Clark and Louise Goss. Their combined vision led to innovation in piano education and their legacy continues to propagate through the work of the Frances Clark Center. The generations of teachers who had ...

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Life in Music

"Music is the language of the spirit. It opens the secret of life bringing peace, abolishing strife." - Khalil Gibran Reflecting on these last months, it is hard to process the overwhelming changes that have taken place all over the world because of the pandemic crisis we are enduring. I have been deeply moved by the incredible gener...

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Class Piano and COVID-19

In this unprecedented time of uncertainty around COVID-19, class piano instructors are faced with the daunting task of moving instruction online. Here are some tips from leading class piano teachers on how to make this transition.  Organize your students: Assignments may take longer to complete at home. Have reasonable expectations of workload...

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Helpful Guidance for Piano Teachers During the COVID Crisis

In the uncertainty and confusion of the COVID-19 crisis, the music community faces unprecedented issues surrounding private and group instruction. As you consider what is best for your studio, we at the Frances Clark Center hope that you find this document helpful in your decision making and communication: Decision Making Helpful resources include ...

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Life in Music

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The year 2020 marks a new decade and a complex world for many new professionals. With the arrival of spring, many experience a rising anxiety when repeatedly asked the often-dreaded question, "What are you doing after you graduate?" The daunting challenges faced by today's new professionals are vastly different than those of previous generations. T...

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Autumn 2019: Life in Music

The process of redesigning the Piano Magazine gave us, as an organization, the occasion to reflect and innovate. During that process, it emerged that it would be valuable to consider issues and provocative questions of our time that impact our professional and personal lives as musicians. This column is intended to pro...

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NCKP 2021 Preview with Jennifer Snow and Sara Ernst (05-26-21)

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July/August 2018: Questions and Answers

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For this issue, Sam Holland invited Jennifer Snow, Executive Director of the Frances Clark Center, to answer the following questions:  What is the value of professional development for piano teachers? Why is it important? Central to inspired teaching is inspired learning. Engaged teachers are eternal learners searching for new strategies, idea...

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The Future of Piano Teaching - Flipping the Music Studio: Ideas for using YouTube in your Teaching

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Editor's note: In the November/December 2014 issue, Clavier Companion launched a series of articles addressing the future of piano teaching. The following article is part of that series, which will continue in future issues.  At the recent National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy, I opened my session by asking if anyone used YouTube. Everyone ...

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What are your thoughts on the future of piano teaching?

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What's next for our profession? Clavier Companion asked twelve pedagogues from around the country to contribute their thoughts on the future of piano teaching. In the following article, each author provides a short musing on this broad question. This series will continue in future issues, where longer articles by the same authors will provide an in...

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How do you use technology to facilitate long distance instruction?

How close to your student do you sit during a piano lesson? How close do you sit to your computer screen when using your computer? Imagine that you typically sit about two feet from your computer screen. Further imagine that when you sit at your computer you are talking to someone, face-to-face, on your computer screen, and the other pers...

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