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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...

December 18, 2017

Note from the Editor: Like so many piano teachers, I have enjoyed introducing Dennis Alexander's music to students of a wide variety of levels, from elementary to advanced, children and adults. In this recent conversation, I learned more about his creative process.

Do you set aside a regular time of...

December 18, 2017

A well-known and prolific composer, your compositions appeal to piano teachers and students alike. There is such a variety of level, mood, and style. I would like to know more about your creative process.


Q: Do you set aside a regular time of day to compose?


A: For many reasons, I do not  generally...

November 20, 2017

I arrived in Kingston, NJ, in 1977 after being accepted into the New School for Music Study’s Piano Pedagogy Certificate program.  I lived right across the street in a house that had been the wheelwright shop in the 1800’s for stagecoach repairs, as Kingston is located just halfway between Philadelp...

November 7, 2017

Whenever I visit the New School, my trip is filled with memories. My most recent trip was no exception and stirred some long-forgotten images. As always, at the center of these memories was Frances Clark.

When I auditioned to enroll on the New School’s Certificate in Piano Pedagogy program in January...

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