Lifetime Achievement Award

The National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy Lifetime Achievement Award, NCKP's highest honor, is presented on behalf of the Frances Clark Center to individuals who have made substantial and enduring contributions to the field of piano pedagogy.

National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy

2019 - E.L. Lancaster and Jane Magrath

2017 - Martha Hilley and Fred Kern

2015 - Ingrid Clarfield and Dennis Alexander

2013 - Marvin Blickenstaff

2011 - Elvina Truman Pearce, Martha Baker-Jordan, Brenda Dillon, Fran Larimer, and Marienne Uszler

2009 - James Lyke

2003 - Nelita True

2001 - Richard Chronister

National Conference on Piano Pedagogy

1994 - Louise Bianchi, Marguerite Miller, Guy Duckworth, William Gillock and Lynn Freeman Olson

1983 - Frances Clark


Frances Clark/MTNA Award for Keyboard Pedagogy

Established through a bequest to MTNA from the estate of legendary pedagogue, the Frances Clark/MTNA Award for Keyboard Pedagogy is awarded annually to an individual or entity that has made a significant contribution to the discipline of keyboard music pedagogy through the creation and development of specific products or publications.

2019 - The University of Iowa Piano Pedagogy Video Recording Project by Alan Huckle Berry and Jason Sifford (Iowa)

2018 - Piano Adventures by Nancy and Randall Faber (Michigan)

2017 - Modules by Paul Sheftel (New York)

2016 - Professional Piano Teaching by Jeanine Jacobson (Washington)

2015 - With Your Own Two Hands: Self Discovery Through Music by Seymour Bernstein (New York)

2014 - From The Top

2013 - Intelligent Music Teaching: Essays on the Core Principles of Effective Instruction by Robert Duke (Texas)

2012 - The Perfect Wrong Note by William Westney (Texas)

2011 - 3-D Piano: The Three-Dimensional Pianist by co-producers Fred Karpoff and Richard Breyer

2010 - Home Concert Xtreme, produced by TimeWarp Technologies, owned by Frank Weinstock and George Litterst

2009 - Two- and Three-part Inventions (sinfonias) and Well-tempered Clavier by Bach by Willard Palmer [published by Alfred Publishing]

2008 - Piano Pedagogy Forum [Scott Price, editor-in-chief]

2007 -  Celebration Series, The Piano Odyssey [published by The Frederick Harris Music Co., Limited]

2006 - Disklavier [Yamaha Corporation of America (California)]

2005 - The Pianist's Repertoire by Maurice Hinson (Kentucky)

2004 - The Well-Tempered Keyboard Teacher, by Marienne Uszler (California)

2003 - Creative Piano Teaching, by James Lyke (New York)

2002 - Freeing The Caged Bird, by Barbara Lister-Sink (North Carolina)

2001 - The Pianist's Guide to Standard Teaching and Performance Literature, by Jane Magrath (Oklahoma)