Dr. Kathleen A. Horvath, Associate Professor of String Education and Pedagogy joined the Case faculty in 2001. She holds a Bachelor of Music from the Eastman School of Music (Double Bass), a Master of Arts in Performance and String Pedagogy and Doctor of Philosophy in Music Education from The Ohio State University. Her duties on campus include teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in Music Education and teaching double bass to CWRU students as a Double Bass Instructor at the Cleveland Institute of Music.
Prior to joining the faculty at CWRU Dr. Horvath was on the faculty of the University of Illinois where she taught courses in string pedagogy and music education. Additionally, she taught public school strings and band in New York, Massachusetts, Ohio, and Georgia.
Her research is primarily focused on the prevention of performance related injuries through correct positioning of the body and the accompanying teaching methodology that facilitates accurate technical development. She is very active as a guest conductor, adjudicator, and clinician, having worked with district, regional, All - State, and festival orchestras in Alaska, Arkansas, Georgia, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and South Carolina. She has presented at local, state, national, and international conferences on string pedagogy, double bass instructional materials, wellness, and assessment. This past February she was the featured presenter at the Streicherklassen Kongress at he Landesmusikakademie NRW in Heek, Germany.
Her journal publications include articles and reviews in Music Educators Journal, Triad, Scroll, Bass World, American String Teacher, Council of Research in Music Education, and the Southeastern Journal of Music Education. She has served as Double Bass editor and contributor to the String Syllabus for the last three editions. Her book contributions include sections in volumes 1, 2 and 3 of Teaching Music Through Performance in Orchestra and a chapter in the Applications of Research to String Education. She also has authored a two - volume string class method book entitled New Directions for Strings and a companion text, A Scale in Time, with Joanne Erwin, Brenda Mitchell, and Robert McCashin.
Dr. Horvath continues to actively perform on the Double Bass in both the chamber music and orchestral settings. This summer she will return to New York as principal bassist to perform with the MostArts Festival Orchestra.