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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 5, 2017

My 16-year-old daughter recently lamented: "I feel so sick but don't want to miss school." Surprised by this remark, I wondered if she was concerned about her grades suffering. She continued: "Today we're re-enacting the French and Indian War."  Apparently, this re-enactment involved Guerrilla war t...

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 16, 2017

Robert D. Vandall, prolific piano composer and devoted teacher, died February 9, 2017, at the age of 73. Known throughout North America for his incredible output of arrangements and piano compositions for students of all levels and ages, Bob published for Myklas Music Press, and most recently, Alfre...

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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