Sarah Early


Group Lessons For Young Beginners

BM – Ohio State University

Sarah Davis Early is the curriculum developer for the  keyboard-based program Group Lessons for Young Beginners at the Des Moines Symphony Academy in Des Moines, Iowa.  Originally from Columbus, Ohio she studied piano with Paul Strouse and Evelyn McCullough and performed as piano accompanist and as a double bassist in many university and professional ensembles including the Central Ohio Symphony Orchestra among others.  For many years Sarah was active in string pedagogy working as an assistant for Drs. Robert Culver and Timothy Russell at their acclaimed Ohio Summer String Workshops and served as string assistant for the Columbus Symphony Cadet Orchestra.

Sarah has written curriculum materials for classroom teachers, including a Symphony Owner’s Manual for teachers in the Spokane, Washington Public Schools and, most recently, she taught general music in the Charlotte, North Carolina Public Schools for six years working with children from age three through middle school at Arts Impact, International Baccalaureate and Title One Schools also serving there on educator teams where she helped develop arts enrichment curriculum for classroom teachers.

Sarah Early holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from The Ohio State University where she studied double bass with Dr. Theron McClure.  In addition to her work in music education she has worked in children’s programming at public libraries and is currently working with the Des Moines Public Library.

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