|Born||March 28, 1905|
Goshen, Indiana, United States
|Died||April 17, 1998 (aged 93)|
Hightstown, New Jersey, United States
|Alma mater||Kalamazoo College|
Frances Oman Clark (March 28, 1905 – April 17, 1998) was an American pianist, pedagogue, and academic who authored, co-authored and edited many widely used piano method books, most notably The Music Tree series. Her 1955 publication, Time to Begin, introduced the concept of teaching music reading by pattern recognition, thus pioneering the "intervallic method", which "revolutionised" the teaching of music reading.
Clark received a bachelor's degree at Kalamazoo College in 1928 and also completed graduate work at University of Michigan, The Juilliard School, The Paris Conservatory, and The American Academy at Fontainebleau. She went on to serve on the faculty at Kalamazoo College from 1945–1955, before joining the faculty of Westminster Choir College and eventually co-founding The New School for Music Study in 1960, the first graduate school devoted to the study of music pedagogy.
- Chen, Yieng Chyi. "A Comparison of The Music Tree, Piano Adventures, and Hal Leonard Student Library For Beginning Piano Teachers" (PDF). University of Alabama. Retrieved July 26, 2016.
- Bruno Emond and Gilles Comeau, "Cognitive modeling of early music reading skill acquisition for piano", In N. Rußwinkel, U. Drewitz & H. van Rijn (eds.), Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Cognitive Modeling, Berlin: Universitaetsverlag der TU Berlin.
- "In Memoriam: Frances Clark". Clavier Companion. Archived from the original on November 5, 2016. Retrieved July 25, 2016.
- "About Frances Clark". The New School for Music Study. Retrieved July 25, 2016.