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  • "This is a momentous and exciting occasion—top quality, online teacher education from the Frances Clark Center team. Many congratulations and great expectations!"
    — Dr. Sam Holland, Dean of the Meadows School of the Arts, Southern Methodist University
  • "It was an honor to be asked to contribute to this excellent resource! The first few years of piano lessons are so crucial and will often influence students’ perceptions of the instrument for the rest of their lives. The Frances Clark Center provides ongoing support for teachers so that they can offer their students the best possible music education during these very formative years."
    — Dr. Diana Dumlavwalla, Assistant Professor of Piano Pedagogy, Florida State University
  • "I so strongly believe that improvisation and creative music-making should be part of every student’s education, and it was an honor to be invited to contribute to the Beginner Course. The Frances Clark Center has created an extraordinary resource for all piano teachers, and I am very thankful that we now have this type of exceptional continuing education support. There is something for all of us in the Beginner Course, and I look forward to bolstering my own teaching development through this offering."
    — Dr. Scott Price, Professor of Piano and Piano Pedagogy, University of South Carolina
  • "An exciting new video series is now available from the Frances Clark Center! I was so grateful to have been asked to contribute to this important project, and it will offer a unique learning resource for all pianists and teachers."
    — Dr. Lesley McAllister, Associate Professor of Piano and Director of Piano Pedagogy, Baylor University
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    NEW! A Pianist's Guide to Teaching in Groups

    NEW! A Pianist's Guide to Teaching in Groups

    A Pianist’s Guide to Teaching in Groups will equip piano teachers with the skills necessary for planning, preparing, and implementing group teaching at all levels, from preschoolers through adult learners. This 19-session course takes approximately 18 hours to complete.

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    NEW! A Pianist's Guide to Studio Management

    NEW! A Pianist's Guide to Studio Management

    A Pianist's Guide to Studio Management is a ten-session, self-guided online course designed to help teachers professionalize their studios and navigate important business topics. Designed by Heather K. Smith and Deborah H. How, both independent music teachers with extensive business backgrounds, this course is appropriate for both new and seasoned music professionals. Full course completion time is approximately 10 hours.

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    Foundational Piano Pedagogy

    Foundational Piano Pedagogy

    Foundational Piano Pedagogy is intended for both experienced teachers and those who are just beginning their teaching careers. Designed to introduce the essential philosophies of education that form the foundations of successful teaching, the course includes video content, readings, quizzes, and reflection activities. Full course completion time is approximately 10 hours.

    Available in two formats, Self-Guided or with live Discussion Pods, scheduled for this Fall.

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    ENSEÑANZA DE PIANO EN LÍNEA: GUÍA PARA MAESTROS

    ENSEÑANZA DE PIANO EN LÍNEA: GUÍA PARA MAESTROS

    Enseñanza de piano en línea: Guía para maestros proporciona a los participantes todos los conocimientos y habilidades necesarias para enseñar ya sean lecciones privadas en línea o clases grupales, para estudiantes de todas las edades y niveles de habilidad. El contenido presenta una variedad dinámica de charlas breves en video, artículos, hojas de consejos, demostraciones en video y listas de recursos. El tiempo requerido para finalizar el curso es de aproximadamente 10 horas.

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    Unsung Heroes in Piano Pedagogy

    Unsung Heroes in Piano Pedagogy

    Unsung Heroes in Piano Pedagogy: 20 Pieces by Black Composers to Use in Your Studio Now is a ten-session, self-guided online course exploring classical piano music by Black composers from elementary to early advanced levels. This course is designed to help remedy the lack of inclusion of piano music by Black composers in the standard teaching repertoire, and the music heard on the public concert stage. For each piece discussed, both the musical and technical challenges, and unique pedagogical benefits are highlighted. Full course completion time is approximately 10 hours.

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    The Inclusive Teaching Course

    The Inclusive Teaching Course

    The Inclusive Teaching Course: Teaching Piano to Students Who are Special Learners is a 14-session series designed for all teachers including those who are just beginning or contemplating beginning their work with students who are special learners, or teachers with experience in working with students who are special learners. The course is designed to introduce practical explanations and strategies in adaptive teaching to basic scenarios in piano teaching including music reading, music counting, technique, artistry, and teaching and learning procedures for working with this population of students. Full course completion time is approximately 16 hours.

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    A Pianist's Guide to Teaching Online

    A Pianist's Guide to Teaching Online

    A Pianist's Guide to Teaching Online provides participants with all the necessary knowledge and skills for teaching online private lessons and group classes for students of all ages and ability levels. The content is an engaging variety of short video lectures, articles, tip sheets, teaching demonstrations, and resource lists. Full course completion time is approximately 10 hours.

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    The Beginner Course

    The Beginner Course

    The Beginner Course: Establishing Strong Foundations for Young Pianists is a comprehensive online course designed to provide the knowledge and skills necessary for working with beginning pianists (age 5-8 years old) in the most important year of piano study--the first. Participants will gain an awareness of how elementary concepts and skills lay the foundation for future advancement and success. Applicable to any beginner method, participants experience an overall curriculum that is concept-based with a wide range of approaches focused on student-centered learning. Full course completion time is approximately 36 hours.

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    Online Microcourses

    Online Microcourses

    The microcourses integrate readings and video from the extensive curated archives of the Frances Clark Center, including The Piano Magazine, Teaching Foundational Technique, Clavier Companion, The Beginner Course, Inspiring Artistry, From the Artist Bench, and Webinars. Users can move at their own pace through the sessions, which are organized by topic. Questions at the conclusion of every session provide an opportunity to reflect on the content and its application to your own teaching and learning at the piano. Each microcourse is at the affordable price of $30.

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    Piano Magazine is the leading resource for pianists, piano teachers, and piano enthusiasts. We bring you informative, interesting, and inspiring ideas on all aspects of piano teaching, learning, and performing. The official name of Clavier Companion magazine was changed to Piano Magazine in 2019.

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