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Louise L. Goss (1926-2014)


The Frances Clark Center for Keyboard Pedagogy is saddened to announce the passing of Louise L. Goss, Chair-Emerita. Louise was a founding member of the Frances Clark Center, and in 1960 she was a co-founder, with Frances Clark, of the New School for Music Study in Princeton, NJ. Louise edited every publication of the groundbreaking Frances Clark Library for Piano Students, and she was a co-author of each edition of The Music Tree. A winner of the MTNA Achievement Award and the recipient of two honorary doctorates, Louise and her work had a significant and lasting impact on generations of piano students and teach- ers throughout North America and the world. Louise passed away peacefully in the presence of family and close friends on April 1, following a brief illness.


Louise Goss was not only a founder of the New School for Music Study and the Center—she was also the exemplar of our mission. We have lost not just a fine teacher and mentor, but also a person who was entirely dedicated to her students, the teachers she mentored, and the role that music could play in the lives of all students. She leaves an enormous and inspiring legacy and will be very sorely missed. Louise firmly believed in excellence in teaching and inspired everyone around her to meet that same high standard. We have truly lost a legend in the field of piano pedagogy, and the best of friends.

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February 13, 2018

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