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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NCKP 2021: Preconference Sneak Peek

The National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy invites you to attend thirteen stimulating days of preconference sessions that are guaranteed to reenergize your teaching! The conference is taking full advantage of the virtual platform, giving each preconference track its own day and allowing you to immerse yourself in each topic. The following preconf...

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Rethinking disABILITIES and Music Education

Recorded at the 2019 National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy. July 25, 2019.

What I've Learned from 150 Podcast Episodes… and Counting

" I was teaching, if I could find a song that the student brought to me or that the student was interested in, I always felt like that song was going to bump them up a year's time because they're going to put love into that and they're going to put extra time into that. I think that's a big advantage. Maybe just give yourself permission to not...

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2019 NCKP Preconference Highlights


NCKP has eleven subcommittees, comprised of leaders in each of the following subcommittee areas: collaborative performance, collegiate pedagogy teaching, creative music making, inclusive teaching, independent music teachers, music in early childhood, research, students and young professionals, teaching adults, technology, and wellness. Over seventy...

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NCKP 2019 Pedx9 Preview: Public Music Theory Behind Bars

In spring 2016, I saw a news report on a Columbia, South Carolina television affiliate describing a music program at Lee Correctional Facility, a maximum-security prison in Bishopville, South Carolina—an hour's drive from Columbia. According to the news report, musicians from Decoda, an ensemble in residence at Carnegie Hall, were working with the ...

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Summer 2019: Questions and Answers

Q: What can you tell us about the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy coming up this summer? A: The National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy will meet for the tenth time this July, marking the 40th anniversary of the original National Conference on Piano Pedagogy. These are important milestones, but I submit that the program itself delivers mo...

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Questions and Answers

Q: The National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy (NCKP) happens this summer. How is the program shaping up? Can you share some of the highlights? A: I am delighted to talk about NCKP 2017 and shameless in my wish for every keyboard music educator in the world to join us! NCKP is the official professional meeting of the Frances Clark Center for Keybo...

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Music and the Brain 101

For many musicians, recurring performance anxiety can erode self-confidence, cause less than optimal performances, and ultimately have a damaging impact on one's career. Although we experience performance anxiety for a number of reasons, the fear that often looms the largest is that of having a memory failure. Neuroscientists have made significant ...

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The challenges and joys of intermediate teaching

Intermediate Students are Different from Elementary and Advanced Students Intermediate-level piano students present unique and greater challenges than do students at other levels and ages. Elementary-level students are constantly learning new concepts and skills. Their curiosity and imaginations are aroused. They are amazed by their abilities ...

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The many faces of music: Pre-conference keynote address, NCKP 2015

As past president of the Board of the Frances Clark Center for Keyboard Pedagogy, let me offer each of you a warm welcome to this 2015 National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy. It is our hope that you will find each session on the program inspirational, challenging, and packed with practical information for use in your teaching.  And now, let ...

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A conversation with Jane Chu: NCKP 2015

Sam Holland: It's my pleasure to introduce the chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, Dr. Jane Chu. Prior to her current position, Dr. Chu was president and CEO of the Kauffmann Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City, where she oversaw a $413-million campaign to build the center. Born in Oklahoma but raised by Chinese immigrant par...

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Beyond the keyboard: Keynote address, NCKP 2015

Good morning to all. I am delighted to be invited to participate in your conference. Although I am not an accomplished pianist, I have been interested in piano pedagogy for many years. As a result, I am lead to believe piano is taught to many persons by teachers who typically teach the way they were taught rather than according to an objective lear...

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More Than Just the Notes: An Interview with Sean Chen

Attendees of the 2015 National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy will have the exciting opportunity to hear guest artist Sean Chen—a brilliant pianist who was the first American in sixteen years to win an award (the third-place Crystal) at the 2013 Van Cliburn competition. Among his many other accomplishments and honors, Sean was also awarded the 201...

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