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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.
 
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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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PRESS RELEASE: 25 OCTOBER 2017
 
The Frances Clark Center is pleased to announce the hire of Dr. Jennifer Snow as its first full-time Executive Director, effective November 1, 2017. Snow is a former Vice President, Teacher Education for the Royal Conservatory and previously was a member of the keyboard faculty at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music. She holds a doctorate degree from Northwestern University. Snow is a frequent speaker and clinician presenting at a wide range of international conferences, and also an international concert artist appearing as a collaborative pianist throughout Canada, the United States, Asia, and Europe.
 
“Jennifer Snow is a leader in the field of music education and pedagogy,” said Samuel Holland, Algur H. Meadows Dean of the Meadows School for the Arts at SMU and former Executive Director of NCKP. “I have had the opportunity to work with her on several occasions, and I have been impressed with her energy, vision, insight, and creativity. I could not be more pleased than to know that Dr. Snow will be bringing her strategic leadership and experience to the Frances Clark Center.”
 
“I’m thrilled that Dr. Snow will be joining the Frances Clark Center as our first full-time Executive Director,” concurred Leslie Owsley, Chair of the Frances Clark Center Board of Trustees. “Bringing someone with her credentials, energy, and enthusiasm on board is a major step forward for our organization, and will enable us to do even more to support piano teachers in their important work of transforming lives through excellence in piano study.”
 
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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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
July 22, 2015
Written by Sam Holland
 
The Frances Clark Center for Keyboard Pedagogy, and the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy, wish to extend our sincere best wishes to Dr. Edwin Gordon who has been diagnosed with acute leukemia. Dr. Gordon was to have presented the opening keynote address at the 2015 conference and is resting comfortably and attending to his health. 
 
Scott Price, President of the Board of Trustees of the Frances Clark Center for Keyboard Pedagogy expressed the following: "Edwin Gordon is a true legend in the field of music education and the full impact his work is only beginning to be felt in the piano teaching community. I am very saddened that Dr. Gordon's health prevents him from being with us at this time, but am heartened that he has asked us to have his keynote address read at the conference. While nothing can replace his presence at our event, I am pleased that we will have him with us in thoughts and words. Please join me in sending best wishes to Dr. Gordon and his family."
 
Edwin E. Gordon is known throughout the world as a preeminent researcher, teacher, author, editor, and lecturer in the field of music education. Since 1997 he has been Distinguished Professor in Residence at the University of South Carolina, following his retirement as the Carl E. Seashore Professor of Research in Music Education at Temple University in Philadelphia. In addition to advising Ph.D. candidates in music education, Dr. Gordon has devoted many years to teaching music to preschool children. Through extensive research, Professor Gordon has made major contributions to the study of music aptitudes, stages and types of audiation, music learning theory, and rhythm in movement and music, to name just a few areas. Before devoting his life to the field of music education, he earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in string bass performance from the Eastman School of Music and played string bass with the Gene Krupa band. He went on to earn a Ph.D. from the University of Iowa in 1958. Professor Gordon and his work have been portrayed nationally and internationally on the NBC Today Show, in the New York Times, in USA Today, and in a variety of European and Asian publications. (from GIA Publications, Inc.)
 
The National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy will be held at the Westin Lombard Yorktown Center Hotel, Chicago, July 30 through August 3rd. Pre-conference seminars will take place on July 29th. Approximately 700 piano teachers from across the United States and throughout the world will meet to learn about and discuss issues in piano teaching including teaching students with special needs, music creativity, music technology, and other core subjects germane to the discipline.
 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

PIANO PEDAGOGY FORUM MOVES TO NEW HOME

The Frances Clark Center Acquires Prestigious Online Journal

The Frances Clark Center for Keyboard Pedagogy is pleased to announce that it has acquired the Piano Pedagogy Forum internet journalCreated in 1998 by Scott Price as the first online journal in the piano pedagogy field, the journal has published 26 issues with participation of 100+ writers from over 80 institutions and three foreign countries. Articles in this publication have been reprinted in the major journals in the piano teaching community, including The American Music Teacher, Clavier Companion, and internationally in the Greek Music Education Journal. Piano Pedagogy Forum is the 2008 recipient of the highly coveted Frances Clark Keyboard Pedagogy Award given by the Music Teachers National Association, the nation’s largest professional organization with a membership of c. 22,000 in all 50 United States and with 500 affiliate organizations.

"The Frances Clark Center is the ideal place for the journal to continue to fulfill its role in promoting and making available research in the field,” writes Piano Pedagogy Forum founder and Frances Clark Center President Scott Price. “I am very pleased with the move to the new location, and we are in the process of naming a new editorial board who will assist in the journal's mission.” 

Following a brief hiatus during its transition to the Frances Clark Center, Piano Pedagogy Forum will soon resume publication. All back issues are now available as PDF documents on the Frances Clark Center website at www.keyboardpedagogy.org/ppf.

The Frances Clark Center for Keyboard Pedagogy is a not-for-profit educational institution (501c3) located in Kingston, New Jersey. The Center serves local, national, and international audiences through its three divisions: The New School for Music Study, the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy, and Clavier Companion magazine. For more information, visit www.keyboardpedagogy.org.