Piano Talent Performance Academy
Now Accepting Applications for 2019-2020 Academic Year

The Piano Talent Performance Academy (PTPA) Pre-College program offers an advanced piano education curriculum designed for young gifted pianists who desire to pursue a professional career in music. The curriculum includes weekly lessons, piano literature, music theory and ear training courses, studio classes, master classes taught by visiting artists and performance opportunities throughout the year.


  • You are a pre-college age gifted pianist who wishes to pursue piano studies in music schools and conservatories.
  • You want to dramatically transform your playing and be ready for your upcoming college auditions, competitions or major performances.
  • You aspire to pursue a professional career in music and would like expert guidance and mentorship to help get you there.
  • You are an international student and would like to increase your chances of getting accepted into U.S. music colleges.
  • You want to be taught and mentored by a master teacher who specializes in cultivating young gifted pianists to their fullest potential.

CURRICULUM (30 weeks*)

Private Lessons with Ory Shihor

  • 1 hour/week

Music Theory

  • 1 hour/week

Ear Training

  • 1 hour/week

Piano Literature

  • 1 hour/week

Studio Classes

  • 1 to 2 classes/month

Student Performances

  • On selected dates

Master Classes by Visiting Faculty

  • On selected dates

Seminars/Workshops by Guest Faculty

  • On selected dates


Fall Semester:  September 3 to December 22

Spring Semester:  January 14 to June 8

Summer Lessons (optional)


Thanksgiving Break: November 21, 2018 to November 25, 2018

Winter Break:  December 23, 2018 to January 11, 2018

Spring Break:  March 23, 2019 to March 31, 2019

Summer 2019 Break:  June 9, 2019 to September 9, 2019


Piano Talent Performance Academy is located in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles. Our piano practice facility is located within walking distance between Piano Talent Performance Academy and American University Preparatory School.


We partner with American University Preparatory School (AUP), a boarding high school located in Downtown Los Angeles. Piano Talent Performance Academy international students can obtain their F1 VISA from AUP. For more information on AUP, please visit their website at aupschool.org.


An audition video and online interview are required for admission. Click HERE to download an application form. Please submit application form and audition video to admin@oryshihor.com.


Tuition and extra lessons fees are billed on a semester basis.  Monthly payment plans are available for an additional fee.

Required Fees:

Tuition (per academic year) USD$13,900

Optional Fees:

Practice Piano Fee***

$700 per semester (Fall and Spring Semester)

$20 per 2-blocks (Summer and Winter Breaks)

Extra Lessons (sign up in blocks of 15 lessons):

30 min/week x 15 weeks $2,250

60 min/week x 15 weeks $4,500

90 min/week x 15 weeks $6,750

Transportation Services:

$1,200 per semester (Fall and Spring Semesters): PTPA offers international students door-to-door local transportation services between AUP dorm and piano lessons, studio classes, masterclasses, workshops, recitals and local competitions during the Fall and Spring semesters.

$20 per lesson (Winter and Summer Breaks): During school breaks, PTPA offers students round trip transportation between AUP and piano lessons for $20 per lesson.

**Program dates align with AUP academic calendar.

***A piano practice facility will be available exclusively for Piano Talent Performance Academy students.


If you wish to explore more about this program, please click the button below to schedule a 15-min. free consultation with Mr. Shihor.


Questions? Email us at support@oryshihor.com



“I received acceptance letters from all the schools I auditioned at…studying with professor Shihor was an important step in my career and I am very grateful for his guidance.”
Clare Yeo

“Mr. Shihor is a sensitive musician, an attentive teacher, and a compassionate human being who truly cares for every one of his students.”
Victoria Frances Young

“As a pedagogue, Mr. Shihor maintained the same learning-conducive principles with utmost care and diligence. Every lesson with Mr. Shihor was an extraordinary learning experience in every possible way. I can now say with confidence that I have been accepted into the schools and studios of my dreams, and I would not have been able to do so without Mr. Shihor’s tireless guidance, mentorship and belief in me as a student. I am eternally grateful to him for all that he has helped me with.”
Kevin Knowles