Sara M. Ernst, PhD

Associate Professor of Piano and Piano Pedagogy, University of South Carolina

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Select Recent Conference Activity
Elementary Piano Masterclass, Music Teachers National Association, Online Conference, March 27, 2022 
Panel Presentation with Janet Lopinski, Stephen Pierce, Asher Armstrong, and Maria Case, “Evaluation Insights,” National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy, Virtual Conference, July 30, 2021 
Panel Presentation with Inga Agrest, May Lauren Brinkman, and Becky Hughes,“Creating Opportunities—Online Performances for Students,” Independent Music Teachers Forum, South Carolina Music Teachers Association, Virtual Conference, November 2020  
Presentation with Dr. Stephen Pierce, “Guiding Principles of Virtuosic Teacher Talk,” Music Teachers National Association, National Conference, Chicago, March 21-25, 2020, Virtual Conference  
“Reaching Young Children and Families: The Story of Babar by Poulenc and Other Works for Piano and Narrator,” Lecture Recital with Collaborator Louie Hehman (narrator) at the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy, Music in Early Childhood Pre-Conference, Chicago, July 24, 2019  
Online Courses
A Pianist’s Guide to Online Teaching, Course Designer and Contributor to an online piano teacher education resource, Frances Clark Center for Keyboard Pedagogy, published August 2020  
The Beginner Collection: A Firm Foundation for Young Pianists, Course Designer and Contributor of an online piano teacher education resource, Frances Clark Center for Keyboard Pedagogy, published January 2019
Select Recent Online Webinars and Media
Practicing Piano from the Early Stages*,” Frances Clark Center for Keyboard Pedagogy, Webinar, December 8, 2021 
Young Pianists Power Up! Building Knowledge and Skill through Warm-ups*,” Frances Clark Center for Keyboard Pedagogy*, Webinar, March 3, 2021 
Gurlitt’s “From the North*,” Performance and Pedagogical Video, Inspiring Artistry Series, Frances Clark Center for Keyboard Pedagogy*, January 2019

Select Recent Presentations for Teachers Organizations 
 “A Longing for Big Music: Satisfying Intermediate Pianists with the Music of Gurlitt,” Augusta Music Teachers Association, February 5, 2022

“Cooperative Learning in Group Piano Class: Remote & In Person,” South Carolina Music Educators Association, Piano Division, Webinar, February 22, 2021

"Choose Those Words Carefully—Perfecting Your Teaching Language," Minnesota River Valley Music Teachers Association, November 10, 2020
Select Articles 
Practicing Alongside Our Intermediate Students*,Piano Magazine, Winter 2021
Questions & Answers*, Piano Magazine, Summer 2021, with video
To Play and to Study: The Thrill of Discovery*,” Piano Magazine: Clavier Companion, Nov/Dec 2018 
“Cultivating a Tenacious Teaching Spirit,” American Music Teacher, February/March 2015 

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