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A New Venture

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In my last blog, I highlighted the achievements of Frances Clark and Louise Goss by giving a timeline. Today, I will fast-forward to 1981. This information was obtained through interviews and school literature. As you may recall, Frances Clark and Louise Goss organized an undergraduate piano pedagogy program at Westminster Choir College in 1955. Fi...
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New School Timeline

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I decided it might be a good idea to summarize what I have written for those who have not visited our website until now. In addition to this overview, I have added a few new statements about Frances Clark's workshops and her vocation as a columnist for keyboard journals. In 1945, Frances Clark organized the country's first four-year piano pedagogy ...
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It Takes Training

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Well, Christmas is just a few days away, and here I sit in sunny California waiting for snow. My relatives assure me that it has snowed in the past. Maybe it has, but I'm not holding my breath. Instead, I am writing this blog about The New School for Music Study. When I conducted research for my thesis, I cited several sources for the following inf...
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Only the Best

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Happy holidays. I can't believe Thanksgiving has come and gone with Christmas right around the corner. Although it's a busy time of year, I'm assuming you have a moment to browse our website. If not, perhaps you are reading this and other postings after the holidays. Just in case, let me say, "Happy New Year!" In my first blog, I explained that wri...
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First Steps on the Path toward Self-Reliant Learning

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  "My primary goal as a piano teacher is to create a climate in which my students can experience continual musical, intellectual, and emotional growth, and to become increasingly dispensable to them in the process. Everything I do as a teacher, and every other teaching goal I have, relates directly to the first, most basic objective – to help ...
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A New Approach Leads the Way

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Having read my other blogs, you should be somewhat familiar with The Frances Clark Library for Piano Students . To recap, I have explained how the Clark Library is designed as a comprehensive piano course based on a thorough analysis of the learning process. I have also stated that the advantages of Frances Clark's teaching approach have been recog...
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The Art of Teaching

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Welcome back. This week, I want to take a closer look at the elementary books of The Frances Clark Library for Piano Students . Along with my own analysis, I found information from several sources, including Robert Kern's dissertation and the video: Conversations with Frances Clark, vol. 1: Her Life and Teachings . In addition, I conducted intervie...
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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 ...
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