The University of Louisville School of Music is proud to host one of the longest running Suzuki institutes in the United States. Now in its 39th year, the week-long summer workshop has a rich history of providing training for Suzuki teachers and families, many of whom return year after year, developing deep friendships in the process. The Institute is founded on the teaching ideals of the late Dr. Haruko Kataoka, world-wide authority on Suzuki Method, founder of Piano Basics, and our master teacher each summer for nearly two decades. 

Mission Statement

The Institute provides a week of research for teachers, parents, and students to come together in order to strengthen the quality of Suzuki piano education.


  1. To increase teachers' and parents' understanding of the wonderful nature of children and how they learn.

  2. To enrich teachers' playing abilities so as to provide the best possible model for students.

  3. To develop students' playing abilities, reading skills, and overall musicianship.

  4. To encourage and equip parents to be successful helpers at home.

  5. To do all of this in a serious, but festive and encouraging atmosphere that motivates all concerned to experience the exciting world of music.

2017 Institute Overview

  1. Student Tuition - $400 (prior to June 10th)

  2. Teacher Tuition - $250 (prior to June 10th)

  3. Students’ daily schedule includes a masterclass and three enrichment classes.

  4. Teachers may observe all student classes and have a lesson at one of the daily teacher sessions.

  5. Institute begins with orientation at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 16th.

  6. Institute concludes with a student recital in Comstock Concert Hall at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, July 21st.  The recital will be video recorded and posted online for you to share with family and friends.

  7. Tuition includes registration fee, 2017 Institute t-shirt, and online student recital video.  Tuition increases $25 for payments postmarked after June 10th.

  8. To apply: 1. Complete the online application.  2. Print and complete the Payment & Liability form.  3. Mail the form with your payment.   Student enrollment is limited and your payment secures your place.

University of Louisville Suzuki Piano Institute

Monday, July 17 - Friday, July 21, 2017