​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.

2019-2020 Schedule

Dr. Pamela Pike

Facilitating Adult Music Learning 

Wednesday, October 30, 2019, 10:00AM-12:00PM

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Working with adult learners in the music studio requires specialized skills and knowledge of adult attributes. This workshop will explore adult learning theory, assumptions, philosophy, motivation, psychosocial, and physical characteristics at various stages of the adult lifespan. Together, we will learn how to apply this knowledge, in the private and group studio, to facilitate meaningful music making and skill acquisition at any stage in the adult lifespan.
Pamela D. Pike is the Barineau Professor of Piano Pedagogy at Louisiana State University. Author of over three dozen scholarly articles and Dynamic Group-Piano Teaching: Transforming Group Theory into Teaching Practice (Routledge), Pike is also Editor-in-Chief of the Piano Magazine. She is an award-winning teacher, including the 2019 LSU Distinguished Faculty Teaching Award, and has presented teaching workshops throughout the world.

Dr. Vanessa Cornett

Contemplative Pedagogy and Teaching Excellence: Mindfulness for Music Instructors and Students
Wednesday, February 5, 2020, 10:00AM-12:00PM

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Outstanding teaching is mindful teaching. Contemplative pedagogy is a philosophy of education that integrates introspection and experiential learning to develop new forms of inquiry, awareness, and imagination. Music teachers can use mindful strategies to cultivate student attention, develop good practice habits, and manage burnout.

Dr. Vanessa Cornett teaches piano and piano pedagogy at the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis-St. Paul, where she also serves as the Director of Keyboard Studies. Author of the book The Mindful Musician: Mental Skills for Peak Performance, she has given masterclasses and teacher training workshops across North and South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australasia. She is a recognized specialist in the areas of performance psychology, contemplative practices in education, and performance anxiety management for musicians.

Dr. Christopher Hahn

Wednesday, May 20, 2020, 10:00AM-12:00PM

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The New School for Music Study

4543 Rt. 27, Kingston, NJ 08528


$30.00, free for those enrolled in pedagogy course and for Piano Magazine subscribers (subscribe here).


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4543 Route 27 

Kingston, NJ 08528



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The New School for Music Study is a division of The Frances Clark Center for Keyboard Pedagogy, a non-profit 501 c(3) institution.