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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

THE FRANCES CLARK CENTER ELECTS NEW PRESIDENT
Scott Price Assumes New Leadership Role

The Frances Clark Center for Keyboard Pedagogy announces the election of its new President, Scott Price, music faculty at the University of South Carolina, who was chosen unanimously by the Center’s Board of Trustees at its recent annual meeting in Princeton, NJ. Price, who begins his term on November 1, 2012, is only the second President of the Center, following Marvin Blickenstaff, who held the position for 12 years.

Scott Price currently serves as Professor of Piano and Piano Pedagogy at the University of South Carolina School of Music.  Nationally and internationally recognized for his work in teaching piano to students with special needs, he is a recipient of the Outstanding Graduate Alumnus award from Bowling Green State University, the Frances Clark Keyboard Pedagogy Award from MTNA for creating the online journal Piano Pedagogy Forum, is a MTNA Foundation Fellow, and is the 2012 recipient of the Southeastern Conference Faculty Achievement Award for the University of South Carolina. He directs the Carolina Lifesong Initiative, a program that provides music experiences and lessons for students with special needs.

"Frances Clark's vision for music education is still so relevant today, and the opportunity to work with an organization of such high quality and depth of impact is a piano teacher's dream,” says Price. “I'm thrilled to help carry forward the work of Frances, Louise Goss, Richard Chronister and Marvin Blickenstaff, and to be working with such a dedicated and gifted group of people."

Executive Director Sam Holland adds, "It's a distinct pleasure and privilege to welcome Dr. Price as the new President of the Board of Trustees of the Frances Clark Center. He is nationally recognized for many achievements, including both his work with special needs students and his pioneering e-journal Piano Pedagogy Forum. Dr. Price is well-acquainted with the challenges facing the piano pedagogy community from the perspectives of economy, resources, and politics. He is qualified to help guide our organization through the sweeping changes in both technology and culture. As an academic leader in a major institution of higher learning, he understands organizational behavior. Not only that, but he is a first-rate pianist and educator."

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.