NSMS is pleased to welcome back former Administrative Director, Dr. Sara Ernst, through the Frances Clark Center Residency Program. Dr. Ernst will present "Choose Those Words Carefully—Perfecting Your Teaching Language" on Wednesday, May 22 from 10:00AM-12:00PM at The New School for Music Study. Admission is FREE for The Piano Magazine: Clavier Companion subscribers, or just $30 for non-subscribers. Click here to register.
The Question, the Statement, and the Assessment: skillful use of these
three powerful modes of communication is a cornerstone of great teaching. Music teachers are encouraged to limit verbal instructions in favor of demonstration and discovery, and to talk less and play more during the lesson. Teachers are therefore faced with the task of choosing their few words carefully. Each mode of communication is examined through analysis of common lesson scenarios, and best practices and common pitfalls of teaching will be identified. Discover how to immediately improve the delivery and clarity of your instruction.
Sara M. Ernst, PhD, is an active pedagogue and pianist, and Assistant Professor of Piano and Piano Pedagogy at the University of South Carolina. She is currently the President of the South Carolina Music Teachers Association and is a member of the planning committee for 2019 National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy. Her articles and reviews have been published in The Piano Magazine: Clavier Companion and the American Music Teacher. She has contributed to the Royal Conservatory of Music as an examiner, reviewer, and author of pedagogical resources. Other former positions include those at the the New School for Music Study in New Jersey, Interlochen Arts Camp in Michigan, and the University of Missouri-Columbia.