Curriculum


Curriculum: The Art of Piano Offers

An individualized approach and a variety of programs to meet each individual student’s specific needs (Solid Foundation, Pre-Professional & Adult):
The Art of Piano student with the instructor in lesson
  • Private lessons constantly tailored to each student’s changing needs
  • A combination of the best American and European teaching methods
  • The promotion of injury-preventive piano technique at every level
  • Historically informed performance (HIP) studies
comprehensive professional curriculum including:
Two The Art of Piano Student perform a violin-piano duet in a retirement home 

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  • A broad range* of piano repertoire
  • Ensemble playing
  • Rhythm
  • Music theory
  • Ear training
  • Harmonization
  • Transposition
  • Sight-reading
  • Memorization
  • Music history
  • Composition

* The core repertoire consists of the various styles periods of classical music, as well as jazzy and traditional music. Other North-and South-American music styles are also introduced. Sacred music and additional musical styles may also be  included at student‘s request.

A variety of activities and performance opportunities throughout the year:
A very young girl is playing a piano duet with her teacher at a recital 

A young The Art of Piano student receives her progress certificate at a recital

  • Recitals to share music, inspire, and bolster self-confidence
  • Performance Parties/Classes to practice performing, engage in fun, educational group activities, and build camaraderie among students
  • Group lessons to foster comprehensive musicianship
  • Yearly evaluation (Studio Festival) by highly qualified university faculty
  • Optional participation in 
  • competitions and scholarship auditions
  • AIM (Achievement in Music) comprehensive performance and musicianship examinations by ISMTA,  the state chapter of MTNA (Music Teachers National Association)
  • Federation Festival by SFMC, the local chapter of NFMC (National Federation of Music Clubs)
  • ABRSM (The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music) exams 
  • additional performance opportunities 
  • Award and incentive programs for additional motivation
The opportunity to play a variety of early and modern keyboard instruments:
 
  • Modern grand piano
  • Five-octave fortepiano (replica of a Viennese piano form Mozart’s and Washington’s time)
  • Professional digital harpsichord/organ/celesta  
Technology-enhanced learning:
A young The Art of Piano student works in the music computer lab after his lessonA young The Art of Piano student notates her own piano composition with the help of her teacher
  • Computer time before or after each private lesson to expedite the advancement of musicianship skills
  • Student computer lab with MIDI keyboards for computer time before or after private lessons
  • Sophisticated music education, notation and editing software programs
  • iPad apps made available for lessons and home practice
  • Full-size electronic piano interfaced with computer for music notation and recording
  • Audio system for accompanying and listening
  • Video and audio equipment for recording and critiquing
  • Exceptional setup for remote instruction
A specialized lending library  for students and their families:
Books, CD-s and DVD-s
  • books
  • CD-s
  • DVD-s
  • audio/video courses

 

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