School of Music

Piano Pedagogy Workshop 2019

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The Road to Chopin: From Method Book to First Chopin Piece
Your student is dying to play the Minute Waltz, but they’re still in Book 3 of their method book! How do you get them there? In this session, teachers will discover repertoire that will prepare students for the technical and musical challenges they will encounter in their first Chopin pieces. For this session, we are looking for 3 students who can perform an easier work of Chopin, such as a Waltz, Nocturne, Mazurka, Polonaise, or Prelude. If you have a student who fits the bill, please contact Jacob Ertl for details!

Alfred Showcase: Classics for the Developing Pianist – Repertoire and Study Guides
We can’t have a published author in without at least one session exploring their own output. In this session, Professor Clarfield will discuss and perform pieces from her five-book series which she compiled with Phyllis Lehrer. These books feature 100 piano works they believe pianists should study and perform. The Study Guides outline successful strategies to help students prepare, practice and polish the repertoire. Books will be available for purchase during the workshop.

Keeping the Spark Alive After 50 Years and Still Learning! Pedagogical Tips from A to Z.
Show of hands to those of you who are still teaching after 50 years?? Our community is certainly not short on live sparks, but in this session, we might all be encouraged with Ingrid’s energy and ideas after many fruitful decades of teaching! Her suggestions will cover the technical, musical, psychological and philosophical realms of teaching from A to Z.

Master Class with Students of All Ages and Levels
This is a fantastic opportunity to see our master clinician at work. Contact Jacob Ertl about enrolling your student in the masterclass. The pedagogy committee is looking for 5-7 students to participate in this class.

It’s All Up to YOU: You Choose It, I’ll Do It!
Teachers, here’s your chance to get specific answers for specific repertoire selections. Send questions about specific pieces to until May 1. If it isn’t standard repertoire, include a scan of the music with the question. If you’d rather use the postal service, send your question and the score directly to Professor Clarfield at 316 Sayre Dr. Princeton, NJ. If you mail a question, please contact Lynnann at 438.1036 so that the committee knows questions have been submitted.

Our Clincian, Ingrid Jacobson Clarfield
Ingrid Jacobson Clarfield, a nationally recognized teacher, clinician, pianist, and author is Professor of Piano and Head of the Piano Division at Westminster Choir College of Rider University in Princeton, New Jersey. She has given lecture-recitals, workshops and master classes in more than 150 cities in forty states across North America, including many presentations at state and national conferences of The Music Teachers National Association. She has presented numerous master classes and pedagogy sessions at the National Conference of Keyboard Pedagogy, the TCU/Van Cliburn Institute, the National Piano Teachers Institute, the Music Teachers Association of California, World Piano Pedagogy Conference, and the Calgary Arts Summer School in Alberta, Canada. She has directed Westminster Choir College's Piano Week for High School Students since 1984.

Professor Clarfield’s life is the subject of a documentary TAKE A BOW, released in 2011. It tells her inspirational life story depicting her tenacious fight back to teaching after a devastating stroke that occurred in 2007. She has also received recognition from her peers in music education. In 2006, Professor Clarfield was selected as an MTNA Foundation Fellow, a program that “honors deserving individuals who have made significant contributions to the music world and the music teaching profession.” In 2009 she was the first recipient of the “Teacher of the Year Award” from the New Jersey Music Teachers Association. In 2012, Professor Clarfield was named the prestigious “Teacher of the Year” by the Music Teachers National Association and In 2015 received The Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy. In 2017, Professor Clarfield was named the first ever recipient of the Jacobs Music Steinway, Al C. Rinaldi “Lifetime Achievement Award.” In 2018, Music Educators Association of N.J. awarded Professor Clarfield their “Lifetime Achievement Award.”

Ms. Clarfield has authored many collections for Alfred Publishing Company among them, Keys to Stylistic Mastery, and Keys to Artistic Performance co-authored with Dennis Alexander. Other series include Burgmüller, Czerny and Hanon: Piano Studies Selected for Technique and Musicality, From Mystery to Mastery, and Artistic Preparation and Performance Series. Her newest series of five books, co-authored with Phyllis Lehrer, is Classics for the Developing Pianist, Core Repertoire for Study and Performance and Study Guides as a companion series to the repertoire books.

Ms. Clarfield holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Oberlin College where she studied with John Perry. She also holds a Master of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music. From 1976 -2007 she performed regularly in two-piano recitals with Lillian Livingston. Ms. Clarfield maintains an independent studio in Princeton, New Jersey. Her students have performed con-certos with several orchestras, were featured on NPR’s “From the Top” and have won top hon-ors in state, national, and international competitions sponsored by the Music Teachers National Association, International Young Artist Piano Competition, the Steinway Society, David Dubois Piano Competition, Bosendorfer and Yamaha USASU International Piano Competition, and numerous others. 17 of her students have won the MTNA Competition at the State Level, with 7 having won the Eastern Division progressing to the National Finals. One student, Damien Dixon, was the First Prize National Winner. Professor Clarfield’s students have performed in such prestigious venues as Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Weill Recital Hall, Kennedy Center, Merkin Concert Hall, Kimmel Center, Steinway Hall, and several concert halls in Beijing.


    Julie Knerr
    Ingrid Clarfield

    Past Presenters

    2018: Julie Knerr

    2017: Jeanine Jacobson

    2016: Forrest Kinney

    2015: Wendy Stevens

    2013: Scott McBride Smith