The New School for Music Study

About Our School

The New School for Music Study (NSMS) is nationally known for providing musical instruction at the piano, rigorous training for teachers, and for conducting research into effective teaching. It was founded in 1960 by Frances Clark (1905-1998) and Louise Goss, two nationally respected piano pedagogues, and is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization as a division of The Frances Clark Center for Keyboard Pedagogy. The school serves as the teaching laboratory for the Center and a model training institution for university and preparatory departments across the country.

NSMS maintains an annual enrollment of 250 children and adults, at all ages and levels. The programs offered include: classes for kindergartners, an elementary program for young beginners, an intermediate/advanced program, lessons for adults at all levels, and the Program for Excellence in Piano Study. Every program of study include individual lessons and group lessons with the school’s esteemed faculty.

All members of the faculty are highly-educated and experienced pianists and pedagogues. A yearly faculty recital series is programmed in which four concerts are presented throughout the year. Many from among the faculty have published writings on piano and pedagogy and have presented at local, state, and national conferences. NSMS welcomes piano teachers who would like to observe its lessons and classes (click here for more information). NSMS presents summer seminars for piano teachers, at The National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy, and actively publishes its research and teaching tools at