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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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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.



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.





Louise Goss, one of world’s leading figures in the field of piano pedagogy, co-founder of the New School for Music Study, and editor of two seminal series on teaching piano, and founder of The Frances Clark Center for Keyboard Pedagogy, died on April 1, 2014, surrounded by family and friends.

Louise was the co-author and editor of the monumental Frances Clark Library for Piano Students and The Music Tree piano method series. In addition, she held positions as President of The New School for Music Study, Associate Professor of Piano Pedagogy at Westminster Choir College, and Chair of the Board of Trustees of The Frances Clark Center for Keyboard Pedagogy.

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Young Pianists Garner National Attention

The Frances Clark Center for Keyboard Pedagogy (FCCKP) recognizes the following outstanding musicians at The New School for Music Study on their recent achievements in piano study.

Three students at The New School for Music Study (NSMS) have been invited to perform at Carnegie Hall as part of the Music Development Program's 2013 Tri-State Certificate of Excellence Recital and Awards Ceremony. Nina Austria (Grade 3), Joshua Guo (Grade 5), and Hayley Kunkle (Grade 8) were each awarded the highest marks in their respective levels in the tri-state area during the Practical Exams for the Music Development Program in June 2013.  The Carnegie Hall performance is scheduled for Sunday, March 16, 2014 at 1:30 p.m.  Tickets for this event are on sale at the www.carnegiehall.org.