Ms. Clarfield has authored many collections for Alfred Publishing Company among them, Keys to Stylistic Mastery, Books 1-3, and Keys to Artistic Performance Books 1-3 co-authored with Dennis Alexander. Other series include Burgmüller, Czerny and Hanon: Piano Studies Selected for Technique and Musicality Books 1-3, From Mystery to Mastery, and Artistic Preparation and Performance Series (Debussy’s Golliwog’s Cakewalk, Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata, and Chopin’s Nocturne in E-flat Major, Op. 9, No. 2). Her newest series of five books, co-authored with Phyllis Lehrer, is Classics for the Developing Pianist, Core Repertoire for Study and Performance.
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. 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.”Ms. Clarfield maintains an independent studio in Princeton, New Jersey. Her students have performed concertos with several orchestras, were featured on NPR’s "From the Top" and have won top honors in state, national, and international competitions sponsored by the Music Teachers National Association, International Young Artist Piano Competition, the Steinway Society, and numerous others. 15 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 Steinway Hall, and several concert halls in Beijing.