The Art of Piano Offers

a variety of programs and personalized curriculum
to meet each individual student’s specific needs in piano instruction

Piano Instruction includes playing duets with the teacher in lesson and recitlals.

Piano Instruction Programs

By selecting one of the available piano instruction programs, students help Dr. Horváth determine their aspirations and adjust her plans and the curriculum to achieve their goals.

for anyone interested in learning to play the piano beautifully

for children and youth interested in becoming professional musicians

for adults of any age and advancement desiring to improve their piano skills

The Curriculum Includes

  • Strive to create moving performances
  • Promote an injury-preventive piano technique from the start
  • Include a broad range of piano repertoire*
  • Employ a combination of the best American and European teaching methods
  • Provide experience in ensemble performance
  • Incorporate historically informed performance (HIP) practices

* 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.

  • Semi-annual Recitals to share music, inspire, and bolster self-confidence
  • Semi-annual 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 by highly qualified university faculty (Studio Festival) 
  • Optional participation in 
    • competitions and scholarship auditions
    • AIM (Achievement in Music) comprehensive, nationally recognized 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
  • Rhythm
  • Music theory
  • Ear training
  • Harmonization
  • Transposition
  • Memorization
  • Sight-reading
  • Music history
  • Composition
  • Additional Computer Time (before or after each private lesson) to expedite the advancement of musicianship skills
  • iPad apps made available for lessons and home practice
  • Full-size electronic piano interfaced with computer for music notation and recording
  • Video and audio equipment for accompanying, listening, recording and critiquing
  • Exceptional setup for remote instruction
  • Modern grand piano
  • Five-octave fortepiano (replica of a Viennese piano form Mozart’s and Washington’s time)
  • Professional digital harpsichord/organ/celesta  
  • Digital Piano