Elvina Pearce Donates Transformative Gift to The Frances Clark Center


01 MAY 2018

The Frances Clark Center is thrilled to announce the generous and transformative gift received from renowned teacher Elvina Truman Pearce. This unprecedented legacy gift has been donated by Mrs. Pearce to advance
the mission of the Center through meaningful and high quality teacher education. Executive Director, Dr. Jennifer Snow expressed, “We are overwhelmed and deeply grateful to Elvina for her extraordinary gift. This exceptional contribution establishes the Elvina Pearce Teacher Education Fund that is dedicated to the highest quality teacher education resources, programs, and courses through the Frances Clark Center. Through her generosity, Elvina continues to support the future development of the profession.”

The Elvina Pearce Teacher Education Fund embodies the career and life work of internationally recognized master piano and pedagogy teacher Elvina Truman Pearce. Highly influential in all areas of the Frances Clark Center, Elvina Pearce was a pedagogy student of Frances Clark, and one of the founders of The New School for Music Study and the Frances Clark Center for Keyboard Pedagogy in Princeton, NJ. She is also one of the founders of the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy (NCKP) and the former Editor-in-Chief of Keyboard Companion magazine from 2000-2006. For 14 years, she taught piano and pedagogy at Northwestern University. She received the Lifetime Achievement Award from NCKP in 2011 in recognition of her dedicated service to music teaching for more than 50 years. Elvina is also nationally recognized as a composer of more than 25 published collections of piano music, and is the author of a best-selling book, The Success Factor in Piano Teaching: Making Practice Perfect. Elvina lives in Naperville, Illinois where she continues to teach and play the piano.

The Elvina Pearce Teacher Education Fund represents Elvina’s lifetime commitment to excellence in piano teaching and the ideals of the Frances Clark Center. It embodies her passion for teacher education and deep desire to establish powerful programs for future generations. Resources will be dedicated to support emerging professionals through intensive professional teacher education, enrich the profession through specialized teacher education, and nurture excellence in piano teaching and learning on global and local levels.

The France Clark Center is coordinating a fund raising campaign to support the Elvina Pearce Teacher Education Fund. All contributions will help build the Fund and establish a range of innovative teacher education programs. Please join us in celebrating Elvina Pearce and her extraordinary support of the piano teaching profession through the Frances Clark Center, its mission and the extensive network of teachers globally.

Make your easy and secure contribution online:


Or, mail your contribution to The Frances Clark Center, c/o Elvina Pearce Teacher Education Fund

P.O. Box 651, 4543 Route 27, Kingston, NJ 08528

The Frances Clark Center for Keyboard Pedagogy, a not-for-profit educational institution (501c3) located in Kingston, New Jersey, serves pianists and teachers through its three divisions: The National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy, Clavier Companion magazine, and The New School for Music Study.

For more information about this press release, please contact info@francesclarkcenter.org.

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