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November 6, 2017

I would like to start by sharing a quote with you from Alfred North Whitehead, a turn of the century English mathematician, philosopher and educational reformer whose writings were foundational to Frances Clark’s approach to pedagogy:

"The mind is never passive; it is a perpetual activity, delicate,...

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...

January 21, 2017

 Photography by Raeleen Horn

It’s probable that many believe musicians are born, not made.  Certainly  some individuals appear to have an innate “talent” for music-making and sometimes develop into superstars at an early age.  They somehow seem to acquire technical prowess and the ability to play exp...

November 15, 2016

Back in the 60’s I was stunned by the results of a survey indicating that the majority of students who begin piano study have dropped out after no more than just two years of lessons. Since then, similar surveys reveal that this high dropout rate continues to exist.

Some Reasons for Student Dropouts

P...

October 31, 2016

I would like to start by sharing a quote with you from Alfred North Whitehead, a turn of the century English mathematician, philosopher and educational reformer whose writings were foundational to Frances Clark’s approach to pedagogy:

The mind is never passive; it is a perpetual activity, delicate, r...

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February 13, 2018

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