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Introducing the New Technique Series: "Piano Etudes for Developing Musicality." Book 1 now available from

On October 23, 2019, Professor Ingrid Clarfield was inducted into the first Steinway and Sons Teachers hall of Fame!

On April 8, 2018 at Drew University, Professor Clarfield was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award from MEA of NJ.

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Congratulations to this year's Damien Dixon award winner, Jaeyeon Chung!  Read More >        

Congratulations to all my students for their amazing accomplishments!!
Keep up all the good work!
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From the News Page

Congratulations to Ingrid Clarfield for being the first recipient of the Jacobs Music Steinway Al C. Rinaldi Lifetime Achievement Award.

Phyllis Lehrer and I are thrilled to tell everyone that Alfred Pub Co has just released our Study Guides Books 1-3 for Classics for the Developing Pianist. These books are based on our 25 years of experience teaching the graduate pedagogy course " Evaluating Piano Literature" at Westminster Choir College. They contain our pedagogical tips and teaching suggestions for what we consider the 100 masterworks pianists should study and perform. Using a clear format and student-friendly language, students will explore the background and unique stylistic qualities of each piece as well as suggestions for how to begin, practice and artistically perform this repertoire. You and your students will love using these books, so be sure to order them now or any music store so you'll have them ready when you start your semester. If you have any questions feel free to contact either of us. We love to talk about our books!

I am thrilled to announce that on July 31, 2015
I was named the recipient of the
NCKP Lifetime Achievement Award.
It was presented at a banquet at the conference honoring both myself and Dennis Alexander.

Preview trailer of the documentary
"Take a Bow - The Ingrid Clarfield Story"

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Meet the Producer/Director Lu Leslan
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Exciting News!
'Take a Bow' was awarded the
"Special Jury Prize" at the
2012 Colorado Film Festival.

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for more information.

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Proud to announce the website for the documentary of Ingrid Clarfield:

Take a Bow, The Ingrid Clarfield Story

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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 23 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 1 st 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 benefitting children, and performing for nursing homes and other adult facilities.

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Dedicated to Excellence:
An Interview with Ingrid Clarfield

March/April 2015
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New Books!
Classics For the Developing Pianist
Core Repertoire for Study and Performance
Book 1, Book 2, Book 3, Book 4, and Book 5

Article in American Music Teacher
Awards and Announcements
Mrs. Clarfield's Photo Gallery