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About Onions, and Middle C by Mary Bloom

“Do not think that just because you’ve told a student something that he knows it.” – Frances Clark


Charles Heber Clark (1841-1915) was a widely recognized industrial economist, owner and editor of The Evening Bulletin of Philadelphia, as well as member of the board of directors of the Presser Home for Retired Music Teachers. At the inaugural ceremony for the home’s new building, Mr. Clark shared his remembrances from his first and only piano lesson which were recounted years later in an issue of Etude Magazine:


Mrs Smythe (MS): Good morning, Charles.  My!  What lovely clean hands you have!  I can see these little fingers scampering up and down the keys like dear little kittens!  Don’t frown, dear; it’s not becoming to you.


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