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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...

November 13, 2017

Take a seat in the New School for Music Study classroom and become a student of Frances Clark. During this first lecture of the academic year (1989), Frances illustrates the importance of keeping the three areas of music teaching in balance. 

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...

August 8, 2017

Frances Clark and Louise Goss developed a series of observation forms in the 1980's, and these forms are as relevant today as they were then. This final observation form is a variant of observation form #1.

Questions asked, mostly "YES/NO"

  1. Did the lesson begin and end on time?

  2. Number of piece...

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