The New School for Music Study
A Division of the Frances Clark Center for Keyboard Pedagogy
Positions Available for 2017-18
[blockquote author=”Lis Malcolm, former post-graduate fellow, active teacher and musician in North Carolina”]
During my time at the New School I was surrounded by colleagues who were not only wonderful and supportive people, but who were also talented teachers and performers. I learned so much about preparation, organization, and creativity in regards to my teaching. Amy Glennon, my supervisor, was an inspiration to me; I was constantly amazed by her ability to be both creative and structured in her teaching. My weekly observations with Marvin Blickenstaff during the PEPS classes were also a great opportunity for me to learn new ideas about teaching advanced students. I left the New School with many tools under my belt and a great excitement and love for teaching.”
About the School
The New School for Music Study, founded in 1960, is a highly established piano school in the Princeton area of central New Jersey. The school operates from a colonial home with a large classroom and seven studios. It serves 250 students and maintains a faculty of 14 piano teachers. The faculty work in a collaborative environment, focused upon the effective instruction of every child and adult. All faculty members are active performers, and many are prominent presenters and researchers in the field of piano pedagogy. The administrative team addresses all enrollment and business matters, allowing the faculty to focus on their teaching. It is located in an arts rich environment and in close proximity to the New York City and the Philadelphia metro area.
History of the School
The New School was established by Frances Clark (d. 1998) and Louise Goss and now is the laboratory school for the Frances Clark Center for Keyboard Pedagogy. The Center is a leading resource for music teachers worldwide, disseminating best practices in piano teaching and teacher education, and fostering research in music education. The other divisions of the Center include the magazine Clavier Companion and the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy. Read more information about the school at www.nsmspiano.org and the center at www.keyboardpedagogy.org.
[toggle style=”medium” title=”Read more Testimonials of Past Post-Graduate Fellows”]
“The New School internship program proved to be one of the most magical teaching experiences of my life. From the initial orientation to the observations and team teaching, Amy Glennon carefully designed my year so that I had the support and training I needed while giving me independence and creativity with my students and classes. It was the perfect way to follow up my graduate degree in pedagogy!” Lauren Thompson, Associate Director of NCKP and Advertising Coordinator of the Frances Clark Center for Keyboard Pedagogy
“My year as a post-graduate at the New School meant for me what a residency means for a doctor. To work with the assistance of great pedagogues was a unique experience, giving me confidence and inspiring a high standard for my teaching. Having several students from the first day, observing, being observed, and specially talking to my colleagues, I developed an agility to prepare for lessons, a deep knowledge of teaching materials, and flexibility to make quick changes to better serve my students. Most of all, the passion with all the New School faculty works to honor the school’s belief that “there’s music in every child” made me feel special for being part of this group” Aline Schmidt
[toggle style=”medium” title=”Read about the Post-Graduate Fellowship”]
The Postgraduate Fellowship at the New School for Music Study provides intensive study in the art of effective piano teaching at all levels of study. Each participant’s teaching is transformed through hands-on immersion as a faculty member, being personally mentored in the musical instruction of pre-college and adult students. The Frances Clark philosophy and methodology is disseminated through the fellowship, along with a complete understanding of the elementary method, the Music Tree.
Postgraduate Fellows teach 15 hours of private piano lessons each week to a variety of pre-college and adult students, ranging from elementary to advanced. Each Fellow works closely with the Educational Director, Amy Glennon, who observes private lessons, provides feedback, and aids in lesson planning. In addition, Postgraduate Fellows assist senior faculty in teaching group classes for elementary students and observe a wide range of classes including those taught by artist teacher Marvin Blickenstaff. A monthly stipend is provided.
Faculty orientation begins on August 24, 2017. Lessons and classes begin on September 5, 2017.
Applicants must be highly committed to the piano teaching profession, with a Master’s degree in piano pedagogy (or a related discipline) and a minimum of 2 years prior teaching experience. Experience teaching with the Music Tree and the Frances Clark Library for Piano Students is desirable.
Applicants must submit a letter of application, resume/CV, three letters of reference, and teaching videos. The teaching samples must include two 15-minute segments of piano lessons/classes. If possible, include private lessons and group classes with pre-collegiate students. Videos must be provided via an online video host (such as YouTube, Vimeo, etc.), and all written materials must be emailed to Rebecca Pennington, Administrative Director, email@example.com. A teaching and performance audition at the New School will be scheduled for finalists. Initial review of applications begins March 31.
[toggle style=”medium” title=”Read about the Full-Time Faculty Position”]
Teach 21 hours of private piano lessons and 1 hour of group class each week to a variety of pre-college and adult students, ranging from elementary to advanced. Faculty participate in school recitals and programs, contribute to the growth and development of the school’s offerings, and collaborate on special pedagogical projects.
Commensurate with experience. 401K included and medical benefits partially covered.
Faculty orientation begins on August 25, 2016. Lessons and classes begin on September 6, 2016.
Applicants must be highly committed to the piano teaching profession, and significant experience teaching children and adults in individual and group piano lessons is required. Applicants must have a minimum of a Master’s degree in piano pedagogy (or a related discipline) and 3 years prior teaching experience working with pre-college students of all levels. Experience teaching with the Music Tree and the Frances Clark Library for Piano Students is desirable.
Applicants must submit a letter of application, a statement of teaching philosophy, resume/CV, three letters of reference, and teaching videos. The teaching samples must include two 15-minute segments of piano lessons/classes. Please include private lessons and group classes with pre-collegiate students. Videos must be provided via an online video host (such as YouTube, Vimeo, etc.), and all written materials must be emailed to Rebecca Pennington, Administrative Director, firstname.lastname@example.org. A teaching and performance audition at the New School will be scheduled for finalists. Initial review of applications begins March 31.