A Change for the Better

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 Last week, I promised to continue a summary of how Frances Clark's method books were incomparable. Believe it or not, there is still more to be said about the Clark piano course. For example, did you know that the concept of a comprehensive piano library in itself was a novel idea?Contrary to many other methods, the Clark course integrated al...
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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 challe...
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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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Celebrating fifty years at the New School for Music Study: A three-generation review

Celebrating fifty years at the New School for Music Study: A three-generation review
The New School for Music Study, a not-for-profit community music school specializing in music study at the keyboard, celebrated its fiftieth anniversary during the 2010-2011 academic year. Located in Kingston, New Jersey, the New School for Music Study has 250 students (children and adults) and serves as the teaching laboratory for the Frances Clar...
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The Editor's Page

​On the eve of my departure for Princeton to participate in the filming of the new videos, Conversations 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 evening fille...
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