Sara M. Ernst, PhD, NCTM, is an active piano pedagogue, teacher of all ages, and pianist, and serves as Assistant Professor of Piano and Piano Pedagogy at the University of South Carolina. Prior to her position at USC, she worked at the New School for Music Study in New Jersey as an instructor of piano lessons and group classes. Dr. Ernst has taugh...t at the Interlochen Arts Camp in Michigan and piano and piano pedagogy at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Her teaching was honored with a campus-wide Graduate Teaching Award at the University of Oklahoma and with the Studio Fellowship Award from the Music Teachers National Association. More

Spring 2019 Technology Review: Slack — A Time-Saving App for Collaborative Projects

​M usic teachers who collaborate with other equally busy musicians, must find creative ways around full schedules and unusual working  hours. Email, text message, and social media platforms are cumbersome when communicating about team teaching, shared events, and group organizations. Consider a new tool to facilitate shared correspondence: Sla...
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Gurlitt: Aus dem Norden, Op. 130, No. 21

Gurlitt: Aus dem Norden, Op. 130, No. 21
Preparation and Presentation  Pieces that are helpful to have experienced or played before approaching this one. ​ Kohler: Etude in F Major, op. 190, no. 27 Diabelli: Vivace in C Major, op. 125, no. 7 any pieces that involve playing a LH broken-chord accompaniment against a lyrical RH melody, in either 3/4 or 3/8 Creative activities to explore...
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To Play and to Study: The Thrill of Discovery

L earning is thrilling. As we feel our own  potential expand, we seek to develop  our capabilities even further. We feel  excitement when a concept clicks into  understanding. Our curiosity is piqued when a new  challenge reveals itself. The satisfaction of learning  is amplified when we are thoroughly engaged in&...
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Gurlitt: Aus dem Norden, Op. 130, No. 21

Gurlitt
Preparation and Presentation  Pieces that are helpful to have experienced or played before approaching this one. ​ Kohler: Etude in F Major, op. 190, no. 27 Diabelli: Vivace in C Major, op. 125, no. 7 any pieces that involve playing a LH broken-chord accompaniment against a lyrical RH melody, in either 3/4 or 3/8 Creative activities to explore...
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Finding the Perfect Pace: Tips for Teaching with Beginning Piano Methods

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ddonica
Thank you Sara Ernst for such an engaging and relevant webinar! This gives me so many great ideas for planning and working through... Read More
Friday, 06 April 2018 10:25
Kathy Dykstra
So well thought out and presented, Sara...Thank you!
Sunday, 22 April 2018 09:27
Ingfam
Thanks Sara - Since watching the webinar, I have gone through a couple of Method Book Series and done a methodical summary of each... Read More
Monday, 25 June 2018 06:55
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