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​Frances Clark Center Residency Program


Through The Frances Clark Center Residency Program, area teachers will have the opportunity to attend seminars on special topics given by master pedagogues. We invite you to join us for these community workshops.


William Westney

December 6, 2023 from 10:00-11:00AM

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How Can a Wrong Note Be Perfect?
Is pianistic perfectionism healthy or not?  Should we avoid mistakes or embrace them? Does the computer model (“always be careful to input accurate data”) make sense for us? Or are we athletes of a kind, training our bodies to perform special skills, who thus need to welcome honest mistakes in order to succeed? This presentation – inspiring, candid, sensible – questions much of the “conventional wisdom” about music lessons, and has been enthusiastically received at conventions and meetings across the U.S. and in Europe, Asia and South America.

Ann Gibson

February 14, 2024 from 10:00-11:00AM

Yeeseon Kwon

May 8, 2024 from 10:00-11:00AM

Constructing soundscapes: How do our brains process?

The session will provide an insight into the neuroscience connections of how our brains connect the world of sound. How do the effects of piano study and learning in older adults affect processing and cognition in functional ways? Connecting the ways our brain process sound with cognition, and even everyday function, all impact musical fluency and motor functions. I believe that connecting how our brain processes and connect sound to meaning in our lives, are among the integral ways educators can impact musical education that will have influencing measures into adulthood.


The New School for Music Study

4543 Rt. 27, Kingston, NJ 08528


$25, free for Piano Magazine subscribers (click here to join).

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