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...
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 taught 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.
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Purposeful Approaches To Introducing Elementary Repertoire

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First Looks: Music for Young Children® (MYC®), A group piano program for young children

MUSIC FOR YOUNG CHILDREN (MYC) is a piano-focused music curriculum designed for age-based classes of up to six children (ages 3–9). Founded in Canada by Frances Balodis program's focus on group learning and parental involvement. in 1980, it was most recently revised in 2015, and is now an international&n...
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Webinar Registration for "Purposeful Approaches for Introducing Elementary Repertoire"

Join The Frances Clark Center and Dr. Sara Ernst on Wednesday, September 18, at 11:00am for the next Teacher Education Webinar! Register now Purposeful Approaches for Introducing Elementary Repertoire Exemplary teaching of elementary piano repertoire has occurred when the student returns to the next lesson playing with enjoyment, accurate...
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Is it possible to access the webinar after it has already started?
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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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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
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Kathy Dykstra
So well thought out and presented, Sara...Thank you!
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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
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