PRESS RELEASE: 9 NOVEMBER 2018

The Frances Clark Center extends its congratulations to Dr. E.L. Lancaster and Dr. Jane Magrath the 2019 National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy Lifetime Achievement Award recipients. As NCKP's highest honor, the Lifetime Achievement Award is presented on behalf of the Frances Clark Center to individuals who have made substantial and enduring contributions to the field of piano pedagogy. The awards will be presented at the 20th Anniversary NCKP Banquet on Friday, July 26, 2019 as part of NCKP 2019 at the Westin Hotel in Lombard, Illinois. We welcome all to attend and celebrate Dr. Lancaster and Dr. Magrath. Tickets can be purchased via the NCKP online registration form.

We extend our congratulations to both Jane and E.L. Their influence on the profession is demonstrated across the country and internationally exemplifying their substantial dedication to the field of music and piano education. We are grateful to be able to recognize them with this meaningful honor in celebration of their outstanding contributions.

Dr. Jennifer Snow
Executive Director
The Frances Clark Center

Lancaster copy"I am pleased to accept the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy. This organization is at the forefront of teacher training for our field and this recognition by them is truly an honor. I always look forward to the conferences and the one in 2019 promises to be a true highlight for me." — E.L. Lancaster
Magrath2"I’m thrilled to receive this award from the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy. I am mindful of the enormous impact this organization has had on supporting excellence in teaching through its work and influence. This is truly a wonderful honor." — Jane Magrath

 

 

 

 

 

Andrea.McAlister.PhotoPRESS RELEASE:  2 AUGUST 2018
 
The Frances Clark Center is pleased to announce the hire of Dr. Andrea McAlister as the new Director of Content Curation and Senior Editor for Clavier Companion, effective August 1, 2018. Dr. McAlister, NCTM, is Associate Professor of Piano Pedagogy at Oberlin College where she teaches piano pedagogy and class piano. Her research in piano pedagogy, technology, motivation, and cognition has been featured at national and international conferences and she has been published in the Music Teachers National Association’s American Music Teacher, the MTNA e-journal, the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy’s Proceedings, Keyboard Companion, and Clavier Companion.  Dr. McAlister is an active clinician and adjudicator. She serves on the Executive Steering Committee for the Music Teachers National Association’s Group Piano and Piano Pedagogy Seminar and is on the 2019 Planning Committee and the Committee for Collegiate Pedagogy Teaching for the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy.
 
 "Andrea brings a wide range of experience and innovative energy to the organization." said Dr. Jennifer Snow, Executive Director for the Center. "We are excited to have Andrea join us as we continue to create the highest quality resources in support of piano teaching and learning."
 
"We are thrilled to welcome Andrea to the Clavier Companion editorial team and look forward to collaborating with her on innovative content curation and management of resources for piano teachers and learners." said Dr. Pamela Pike, Editor in Chief of Clavier Companion magazine.
 
Clavier Companion is the only publication devoted exclusively to the concerns of the piano/keyboard performer and teacher. Readers receive the very best in cogent, focused, and practical articles on music and teaching at all levels, in-depth interviews, reviews of new materials, and penetrating columns. The new digital platform at ClavierCompanion.com provides a robust, comprehensive database of content related to piano teaching and learning from the past 30 years.
 
The Frances Clark Center for Keyboard Pedagogy is a not-for-profit educational institution (501c3) located in Kingston, New Jersey. The work of the Center is based on the philosophy of music educator Frances Clark (1905-1998) whose life work revolutionized the field of music education in the twentieth century.
 
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PRESS RELEASE:  26 JUNE 2018

Frances Clark Center for Keyboard Pedagogy Hires Editor in Chief/Chief Content Director for Clavier Companion.

PamelaPikeThe Frances Clark Center is pleased to announce the hire of Dr. Pamela Pike as the new Editor in Chief/Chief Content Director for Clavier Companion, effective July 1, 2018. Dr. Pike is the Barineau Professor of Piano Pedagogy at Louisiana State University. As an award-winning author, Dr. Pike has published over three dozen scholarly articles, and her book, Dynamic Group-Piano Teaching: Transforming Group Theory into Teaching Practice, is published by Routledge.  She has served on the editorial boards of the MTNA e-Journal and the Journal of Music, Technology & Education. Dr. Pike has presented papers and workshops at conferences throughout Asia, Europe, Scandinavia, and North and South America. Dr. Pike serves as president of the Louisiana Music Teachers Association, chair of the International Society for Music Education’s Commission on the Education of the Professional Musician, committee member for the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy, and board member of the Yamaha Disklavier Education Network.

“We are thrilled that Pam will be joining the Frances Clark Center as the new leader for Clavier Companion. Pam exemplifies the highest standards of our profession and her experience as an author, researcher, teacher, and editor is outstanding.” said Dr. Jennifer Snow, Executive Director for the Center. “The publication is entering an exciting period of innovation and creativity. With Pam’s leadership and expertise, we will advance the mission of the Center by continuing to provide the highest quality resources for piano teaching and learning.”

Clavier Companion is the only publication devoted exclusively to the concerns of the piano/keyboard performer and teacher. Readers receive the very best in cogent, focused, and practical articles on music and teaching at all levels, in-depth interviews, reviews of new materials, and penetrating columns. The new digital platform at ClavierCompanion.com provides a robust, comprehensive database of content related to piano teaching and learning from the past 30 years.

The Frances Clark Center for Keyboard Pedagogy is a not-for-profit educational institution (501c3) located in Kingston, New Jersey. The work of the Center is based on the philosophy of music educator Frances Clark (1905-1998) whose life work revolutionized the field of music education in the twentieth century.

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PRESS RELEASE: 1 MAY 2018
 
 

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The Frances Clark Center is thrilled to announce the generous and transformative gift received from renowned teacher Elvina Truman Pearce. This unprecedented legacy gift has been donated by Mrs. Pearce to advance the mission of the Center through meaningful and high quality teacher education. Executive Director, Dr. Jennifer Snow expressed, "We are overwhelmed and deeply grateful to Elvina for her extraordinary gift. This exceptional contribution establishes the Elvina Pearce Teacher Education Fund that is dedicated to the highest quality teacher education resources, programs, and courses through the Frances Clark Center. Through her generosity, Elvina continues to support the future development of the profession."
 
The Elvina Pearce Teacher Education Fund embodies the career and life work of internationally recognized master piano and pedagogy teacher Elvina Truman Pearce. Highly influential in all areas of the Frances Clark Center, Elvina Pearce was a pedagogy student of Frances Clark, and one of the founders of The New School for Music Study and the Frances Clark Center for Keyboard Pedagogy in Princeton, NJ. She is also one of the founders of the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy (NCKP) and the former Editor-in-Chief of Keyboard Companion magazine from 2000-2006. For 14 years, she taught piano and pedagogy at Northwestern University. She received the Lifetime Achievement Award from NCKP in 2011 in recognition of her dedicated service to music teaching for more than 50 years. Elvina is also nationally recognized as a composer of more than 25 published collections of piano music, and is the author of a best-selling book, The Success Factor in Piano Teaching: Making Practice Perfect. Elvina lives in Naperville, Illinois where she continues to teach and play the piano.
 
The Elvina Pearce Teacher Education Fund represents Elvina’s lifetime commitment to excellence in piano teaching and the ideals of the Frances Clark Center. It embodies her passion for teacher education and deep desire to establish powerful programs for future generations. Resources will be dedicated to support emerging professionals through intensive professional teacher education, enrich the profession through specialized teacher education, and nurture excellence in piano teaching and learning on global and local levels.
 
The France Clark Center is coordinating a fund raising campaign to support the Elvina Pearce Teacher Education Fund. All contributions will help build the Fund and establish a range of innovative teacher education programs. Please join us in celebrating Elvina Pearce and her extraordinary support of the piano teaching profession through the Frances Clark Center, its mission and the extensive network of teachers globally.
 
Make your easy and secure contribution online:

Or, mail your contribution to The Frances Clark Center, c/o Elvina Pearce Teacher Education Fund
P.O. Box 651, 4543 Route 27, Kingston, NJ 08528

The Frances Clark Center for Keyboard Pedagogy, a not-for-profit educational institution (501c3) located in Kingston, New Jersey, serves pianists and teachers through its three divisions: The National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy, Clavier Companion magazine, and The New School for Music Study.

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PRESS RELEASE: 12 DECEMBER 2017
 
Greene2017The Frances Clark Center is pleased to announce that Ryan Greene has been promoted to the position of Director, NCKP and Director of Digital Operations for the Frances Clark Center. Greene is currently Associate Director, National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy, and has handled Digital Management for Clavier Companion. Greene has a Master of Music in Piano Performance & Pedagogy from SMU.
 
I am extremely pleased that Ryan will be taking the reins of NCKP,” said Samuel Holland, Algur H. Meadows Dean of the Meadows School for the Arts at SMU and former Executive Director of NCKP. “Ryan has been instrumental in the success of NCKP 2017, and I am completely comfortable with his leadership.” Dr. Holland will remain on the Board of Trustees of the Frances Clark Center, and will continue in an advisory capacity with NCKP.
The Frances Clark Center for Keyboard Pedagogy is a not-for-profit educational institution (501c3) located in Kingston, New Jersey. The work of the Center is based on the philosophy of music educator Frances Clark (1905-1998) whose life work revolutionized the field of music education in the twentieth century.
Dr. Clark believed passionately in the transformative power of music making in the life of every person—not just the young, not just the gifted, not just the privileged. What set Frances Clark apart from her predecessors, however, was her recognition that the quality of musical experience is directly related to the quality of the music teaching-learning experience. Thus she placed singular importance on the preparation of teachers.
The Center advances its goals and serves local, national, and international audiences through: The New School for Music Study, the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy, Clavier Companion magazine, the Piano Pedagogy Forum, and several print publications.
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