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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
    NEW! A Pianist's Guide to Teaching Online

    NEW! 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 Micro-Courses

    Online Micro-Courses

    The micro-courses integrate readings and video from the extensive curated archives of the Frances Clark Center, including 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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    About Piano Magazine

    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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