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January 16, 2018

In the spring of 1980, I arrived for my audition at the New School along with my college piano professor, Sister M. Immaculate Severino. We were shown into the school’s “living room” teaching studio where we awaited Frances’ arrival. And what an arrival it was – “Who closed that keyboard cover?!” Fr...

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...

Louise Goss once said, “(I hope) everybody would begin to grasp this notion that it’s the child first, music second, and only third is the piano.”

“How To Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk” serves as a powerful reminder that we are teaching the child first.  It explains how to do th...

“Never underestimate the power of your words upon a young person’s life!”

Chapter 6 illustrates the often self-fulfilling prophecy of assigning roles or labels to children.  Our words, actions, and even our inner opinions of our students can have a strong impact on their behavior, and ultimately, whe...

What can we, as teachers, do to help build our students’ self-esteem, increase their motivation, and instill them with confidence?  Ideas from the previous chapters are a good start: respecting children’s feelings, and allowing them to make choices and solve problems on their own. When we think of p...

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