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October 23, 2017

“You can really play Bach!” a deep and enthusiastic voice announced from behind me.  I was an undergraduate student at Westminster Choir College, and had just played for a master class with Seymour Bernstein. And I didn't know it, but I was about to meet Frances Clark.  For the record, I can be perf...

March 9, 2016

“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 fo...

September 20, 2015

“A student is almost always motivated to practice if he leaves his lessons feeling capable.”
~ Frances Clark


Here we are in the midst of the second week of the new school year, and good reports have started rolling in: students couldn’t wait to get home to practice their new pieces (hooray)! While...

January 19, 2015

I believe (no, I know) that all children are naturally creative – until we teach it out of them.  Children are born with imagination, freedom, and fearlessness.  I believe there’s something really wrong with an education system that results in LESS creativity as skill and knowledge grow.
- Sam...

March 19, 2014

On musicianship, technique and practice habits:

“It is important to keep these three areas in balance.  If these areas of what we teach are not developed hand-in-hand, this leads to frustration.”

— Frances Clark

March 14, 2014:  Driving to school this morning, it is eighteen degrees and the ground is s...

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