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In 1960 cofounders Frances Clark and Louise Goss discussed what to call the school for piano study that they intended to start. “I remember the conversation,” says Goss.


“Frances said, ‘I think we should call it The New School.’ I said, ‘But 10 years from now it won’t be a new school.’ And Frances said, ‘If it isn’t new, I don’t want to have anything to do with it.’” Clark’s motto was obviously “Every day, another discovery.”


The New School for Music Study (NSMS) is nationally known for providing musical instruction at the keyboard, rigorous training for teachers, and for conducting research into effective teaching. It was founded in 1960 by Frances Clark and Louise Goss, and is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization as a division of The Frances Clark Center for Keyboard Pedagogy. The school serves as the teaching laboratory for  the Center and a model training institution for university and preparatory departments across the country.


NSMS maintains an annual enrollment of 250 children and adults, at all ages and levels. The programs offered include: classes for kindergartners, an elementary program for young beginners, an intermediate and advanced program, lessons for adults at all levels, and the Program for Excellence in Piano Study (an accelerated program of study). All programs of study include individual lessons and group classes with the school’s esteemed faculty.

The New School for Music Study welcomes piano teachers and students from around the country to observe its lessons and classes (for more information, contact the Educational Director, Amy Glennon). The faculty also present summer seminars for piano teachers.

Each academic year, a recent graduate is welcomed onto the NSMS faculty in a Post-Graduate Fellowship. The fellowship is designed to strengthen the teaching skills of pianists who have recently earned a Master’s degree; the position includes teaching piano lessons, observing and assisting group classes, and working closely with a teaching mentor to learn the effective teaching practices of The New School. For information, contact the Administrative Director, Rebecca Pennington.

Opportunities for piano teachers and pedagogy students