July 22, 2015
Written by Sam Holland
The Frances Clark Center for Keyboard Pedagogy, and the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy, wish to extend our sincere best wishes to Dr. Edwin Gordon who has been diagnosed with acute leukemia. Dr. Gordon was to have presented the opening keynote address at the 2015 conference and is resting comfortably and attending to his health. 
Scott Price, President of the Board of Trustees of the Frances Clark Center for Keyboard Pedagogy expressed the following: "Edwin Gordon is a true legend in the field of music education and the full impact his work is only beginning to be felt in the piano teaching community. I am very saddened that Dr. Gordon's health prevents him from being with us at this time, but am heartened that he has asked us to have his keynote address read at the conference. While nothing can replace his presence at our event, I am pleased that we will have him with us in thoughts and words. Please join me in sending best wishes to Dr. Gordon and his family."
Edwin E. Gordon is known throughout the world as a preeminent researcher, teacher, author, editor, and lecturer in the field of music education. Since 1997 he has been Distinguished Professor in Residence at the University of South Carolina, following his retirement as the Carl E. Seashore Professor of Research in Music Education at Temple University in Philadelphia. In addition to advising Ph.D. candidates in music education, Dr. Gordon has devoted many years to teaching music to preschool children. Through extensive research, Professor Gordon has made major contributions to the study of music aptitudes, stages and types of audiation, music learning theory, and rhythm in movement and music, to name just a few areas. Before devoting his life to the field of music education, he earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in string bass performance from the Eastman School of Music and played string bass with the Gene Krupa band. He went on to earn a Ph.D. from the University of Iowa in 1958. Professor Gordon and his work have been portrayed nationally and internationally on the NBC Today Show, in the New York Times, in USA Today, and in a variety of European and Asian publications. (from GIA Publications, Inc.)
The National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy will be held at the Westin Lombard Yorktown Center Hotel, Chicago, July 30 through August 3rd. Pre-conference seminars will take place on July 29th. Approximately 700 piano teachers from across the United States and throughout the world will meet to learn about and discuss issues in piano teaching including teaching students with special needs, music creativity, music technology, and other core subjects germane to the discipline.



The Frances Clark Center Acquires Prestigious Online Journal

The Frances Clark Center for Keyboard Pedagogy is pleased to announce that it has acquired the Piano Pedagogy Forum internet journalCreated in 1998 by Scott Price as the first online journal in the piano pedagogy field, the journal has published 26 issues with participation of 100+ writers from over 80 institutions and three foreign countries. Articles in this publication have been reprinted in the major journals in the piano teaching community, including The American Music Teacher, Clavier Companion, and internationally in the Greek Music Education Journal. Piano Pedagogy Forum is the 2008 recipient of the highly coveted Frances Clark Keyboard Pedagogy Award given by the Music Teachers National Association, the nation’s largest professional organization with a membership of c. 22,000 in all 50 United States and with 500 affiliate organizations.

"The Frances Clark Center is the ideal place for the journal to continue to fulfill its role in promoting and making available research in the field,” writes Piano Pedagogy Forum founder and Frances Clark Center President Scott Price. “I am very pleased with the move to the new location, and we are in the process of naming a new editorial board who will assist in the journal's mission.” 

Following a brief hiatus during its transition to the Frances Clark Center, Piano Pedagogy Forum will soon resume publication. All back issues are now available as PDF documents on the Frances Clark Center website at

The Frances Clark Center for Keyboard Pedagogy is a not-for-profit educational institution (501c3) located in Kingston, New Jersey. The Center serves local, national, and international audiences through its three divisions: The New School for Music Study, the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy, and Clavier Companion magazine. For more information, visit





Louise Goss, one of world’s leading figures in the field of piano pedagogy, co-founder of the New School for Music Study, and editor of two seminal series on teaching piano, and founder of The Frances Clark Center for Keyboard Pedagogy, died on April 1, 2014, surrounded by family and friends.

Louise was the co-author and editor of the monumental Frances Clark Library for Piano Students and The Music Tree piano method series. In addition, she held positions as President of The New School for Music Study, Associate Professor of Piano Pedagogy at Westminster Choir College, and Chair of the Board of Trustees of The Frances Clark Center for Keyboard Pedagogy.

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Young Pianists Garner National Attention

The Frances Clark Center for Keyboard Pedagogy (FCCKP) recognizes the following outstanding musicians at The New School for Music Study on their recent achievements in piano study.

Three students at The New School for Music Study (NSMS) have been invited to perform at Carnegie Hall as part of the Music Development Program's 2013 Tri-State Certificate of Excellence Recital and Awards Ceremony. Nina Austria (Grade 3), Joshua Guo (Grade 5), and Hayley Kunkle (Grade 8) were each awarded the highest marks in their respective levels in the tri-state area during the Practical Exams for the Music Development Program in June 2013.  The Carnegie Hall performance is scheduled for Sunday, March 16, 2014 at 1:30 p.m.  Tickets for this event are on sale at the

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Well-Known Piano School Hosts Open House

The New School For Music Study (NSMS) announces its first-annual Open House and Welcome Night, scheduled for Thursday August 29, 2013 from 4-8PM.   NSMS is located just 5 minutes north of Princeton on Nassau/Route 27 in Kingston, New Jersey.

At 6PM, members of the New School faculty will present Meet the Piano, a short recital in which various moods and emotions are explored through listening to the range of sounds the pianist can create.  “Along with beautiful musical examples and visual demonstrations, Meet the Piano offers a unique opportunity for audience members to be involved and ask questions,” New School Administrative Director Rebecca Pennington explains. “This recital is specifically geared toward piano beginners but can be enjoyed by all ages.”