french school of music
Established & Founded on January 1, 1927 in Plainfield, NJ
Mademoiselle Yvonne Combe founded the French School of Music in Plainfield, NJ in 1927. She studied at Paris Conservatory when French composers Claude Debussy, Gabriel Faure, Camille Saint-Saens and Maurice Ravel were alive and Faure was Director of the Conservatory.
Because of her and other teachers (Mademoiselle Pfeiffer, Madame Seguin, Stephen Waters, etc.), many French School alumni competed in NJ Music Education Council piano competitions and played in Carnegie Recital Hall, attended top notch music conservatories, became professional pianists and music educators, and used the skills they learned to excel in other careers as well, as doctors, lawyers, technologists, and so on.
This is because alumni took private instrument lessons (primarily piano), and attended “fixed do” solfege classes where they gained a solid background in music fundamentals.
The school continued its legacy for 92 years, and in 2019 has undergone a transformation through a new partnership with duCret School of The Arts.
The practical, efficient, and effective French School methodologies are explained in: C.C. Chang’s book “Fundamentals of Piano Practice”, and Eileen Sauer’s book “Solfege Teaching Guide” and Udemy course “Solfege and Music Fundamentals”.
Eileen Chang Sauer (French School of Music Facebook Author) and backed by documentation from French School of Music Archives.