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Guests: This meeting is open to the public without charge. To join the Zoom meeting, click here to register and receive a link to the meeting.
This meeting is part of the Susan B. Demb Enrichment Program, which, in alternating years, features a speaker for the September meeting to speak about teaching piano to elementary and intermediate students.
“Keeping the Spark Still Alive After 50 Years and Still Learning. Pedagogical Tips from A to Z”
All teachers have the same goal – to inspire students to love music and enjoy their lessons! How do you keep the passion alive after 50 years of teaching? This workshop will provide creative and effective strategies to keep the spark alive and promote artistry and joy in your teaching. Professor Clarfield will share her strategies and teaching philosophy that continue to change. New teachers, as well as experienced teachers will acquire new ideas or reinforce old ones with a variety of teaching suggestions – technical, musical, psychological and philosophical. These suggestions and musical examples will encompass the entire alphabet from A to Z!
Ingrid Jacobson Clarfield, Professor and Head of the Piano Division at Westminster Choir College is a nationally recognized performer, clinician and author. She has presented workshops, lecture-recitals and master classes in over 150 cities in 40 states across North America, including State and National MTNA Conferences, National Conference of Keyboard Pedagogy, and other prestigious conferences and festivals. Professor Clarfield has written twenty two books published by Alfred Publishing Co. and is the subject of a documentary entitled: Take a Bow: the Ingrid Clarfield Story.
In 2006, Professor Clarfield was named MTNA Foundation Fellow and in 2009 was the 1st recipient of the NJMTA Teacher of the Year award. In 2012, she was awarded the prestigious MTNA Teacher of the Year and in 2015 she received the NCKP Lifetime Achievement Award. She received the first Jacobs Music Steinway Al C. Rinaldi Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017. In 2018, the Music Educators Association of NJ also awarded her their Lifetime Achievement Award. Professor Clarfield was inducted into the first
Steinway and Sons Teachers Hall of Fame in 2019.
Clarfield maintains a private studio where her pre-college students have won hundreds of awards in state, national, and international competitions resulting in performances in such venues as Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Weill Recital Hall, Kennedy Center, Merkin Concert Hall, Steinway Hall, and concert halls in Beijing. 19 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. Most significant to Professor Clarfield is her students’ involvement in community outreach concerts raising money for charities benefiting children, and performing for nursing homes and other adult facilities.