Thank you for joining us for NCKP 2021!

International Access. Transformative keynotes. Stunning performances. Inspiring PEDx. Expert Sessions. Dynamic community.

We hope to see you again for NCKP 2023: The Piano Conference.

Immersive & Innovative

Experience interactive programming, increased access, and intuitive technology.
  • Face-to-face networking with pianists around the world
  • A record-breaking number of presentations on diverse topics
  • Professional-quality live streamed concerts from leading artists
  • Inspiring and thought-provoking keynote and PEDx sessions
  • Giveaways & game prizes from top music companies
  • International access with mobile and desktop options


  • 4 days of live, fully-immersive main conference experiences
  • 2 weeks of dynamic Preconference sessions on relevant topics
  • Additional access to session archives through Fall 2021
  • Live Q&As with presenters, keynotes, and performers
  • Networking and social activities
  • Interactive exhibit hall, live showcases, product showroom

Preconference Schedule 2021

July 13 Independent Music Teachers
July 14 Teaching Adults
July 15 Inclusive Teaching
July 16 Young Musicians: Birth to Age 9
July 17 Creative Music Making
July 19 Teacher Education in Higher Ed
July 20 Wellness
July 21 Research
July 22 Diversity
July 23 Collaborative Performance
July 24 Latin America and the Iberian Peninsula
July 26 Career Development and Innovation
July 27 Technology

Explore the Frances Clark Center.

Scroll down to learn about all the Frances Clark Center has to offer!

Digital programming. Courses. Publications. Events. Continuing Education.

Digital Programming

  • Webinars: teacher education, research, townhall, repertoire, and composer conversation webinars to explore topics that advance piano teaching, learning, and performing.

  • Piano Stories On Stage: an online concert series that connects artists and audiences through virtuosic performances and engaging commentary.

  • From the Artist Bench: an advanced repertoire video series that features recognized performers sharing insights on specific works.

  • Inspiring Artistry: an intermediate repertoire video series filled with teaching strategies and ideas, created by teachers.

Digital Programming, cont'd.

  • Teaching Foundational Technique: learn how to introduce scales, arpeggios, octaves, etudes and more in this exclusive series of concise and practical videos by Marvin Blickenstaff.

  • Inside the Studio: teaching demonstrations from leading experts and nationally-recognized teachers that focus on best practice in piano education.

  • Timeless Teaching Videos: a collection of historical videos featuring Frances Clark and Elvina Pearce speaking on a number of teaching topics that transcend time.

  • Quick Teaching Tips: short videos with immediately-applicable solutions and ideas.

  • Questions and Answers: an innovative video series that answers your pedagogy questions, based on the legacy Piano Magazine column of the same name.


  • Courses: comprehensive courses that provide a collection of resources, access to leading experts sharing best practices, and a focus on essential topics relevant for today’s teaching.

  • Summer Intensives: join leaders in the field for intensive seminars on a range of relevant and valuable topics. Each seminar provides innovative teaching strategies and detailed approaches.


  • Piano Magazine: the only magazine devoted exclusively to piano teaching, learning, and performing.

  • Piano Literature for Teaching and Performance: A Graded Guide and Annotated Bibliography by Jane Magrath: an invaluable resource for teachers, students, and performers featuring works from the Baroque through Contemporary periods, under-represented and women composers, and living composers.

  • Questions and Answers by Frances Clark: for over 26 years, piano teachers relied on Frances Clark's column in Clavier magazine for insightful, inspiring answers to their questions. Some of her best advice on subjects ranging from repertoire to fingering appears in this informative volume for piano teachers.

Publications, cont'd.

  • The Success Factor in Piano Teaching: Making Practice Perfect by Elvina Pearce: this definitive volume contains a unique combination of encyclopedic knowledge and down-to-earth ideas that can help every piano teacher achieve extraordinary results.

  • A Piano Teacher’s Legacy by Richard Chronister, edited by Edwin Darling: how can I build on children's innate love of music? How can I teach so that my students keep learning, practicing, and making music? How can I teach my students to become independent learners? This compendium contains Richard Chronister's best answers to these questions and many more.


  • New Professionals Network: music is your passion. How do you make it your career? Learn from leading experts and connect with peers around the globe on topics that matter.

  • Summits: these one-day events showcase experts in the field discussing topics on diversity, women in music, new professionals, and more.

Continuing Education

  • Mentor Connections: dialogue with experts from across the country in real-time via video conferencing. Mentors provide personalized career coaching and guidance on piano teaching in one-on-one or group meetings.

  • Teacher Education at The New School for Music Study: housed in a historic building in Princeton, NJ, these programs build on the educational philosophy and legacy of renowned founders Frances Clark and Louise Goss and have produced internationally recognized teachers and performers.

  • Postgraduate Fellowship Program: each participant’s teaching is transformed through an in-depth practicum and immersion as a faculty member at the New School for Music Study in Princeton, NJ.

  • Student Internship Program: support the Frances Clark Center’s mission through the student internship program.


About Piano Magazine

Piano Magazine is the leading resource for pianists, piano teachers, and piano enthusiasts. We bring you informative, interesting, and inspiring ideas on all aspects of piano teaching, learning, and performing. The official name of Clavier Companion magazine was changed to Piano Magazine in 2019.

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