Professor of Piano and Coordinator of the Piano Department
609-921-7100, ext. 8290
101 Walnut Lane, Princeton, NJ 08540
Ingrid Jacobson Clarfield, nationally recognized teacher, clinician, pianist, and author is Professor of Piano and Coordinator of the Piano Department at Westminster Choir College of Rider University in Princeton, New Jersey. She also directs Westminster Choir College's Piano Week for High School Students and is a frequent guest clinician at Calgary Arts Summer School Piano Camp in Alberta, Canada.
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. Since 1976, she has performed regularly in two-piano recitals with Lillian Livingston.
Ms. Clarfield has given lecture-recitals, workshops and master classes in more than a hundred cities across North America, including 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 and the World Piano Pedagogy Conference, where she serves on the Board of Directors.
Ms. Clarfield has authored many collections for Alfred Publishing Company. Keys To Stylistic Mastery, Books 1-3, co-authored with Dennis Alexander, provide students with tools to create performances that are stylistically accurate. Key pedagogical concepts for efficient learning and artistic performance are outlined in her series From Mystery to Mastery. Her Artistic Preparation and Performance Series provides creative and sequential practice and performance tips for Debussy’s Golliwog’s Cakewalk, Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata, and Chopin’s Nocturne in E-flat Major, Op. 9, No. 2. A sequential approach to technique is presented in Burgmüller, Czerny and Hanon: Piano Studies Selected for Technique and Musicality, Books 1 and 2.
Ms. Clarfield maintains an independent studio in Princeton, New Jersey. Her students have performed concertos with several orchestras 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. They have performed in such prestigious venues as Lincoln Center, Weill Recital Hall of Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Steinway Hall, and several concert halls in Beijing.