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 37th 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.

2015 Institute Overview

  1. Student Tuition: $375 (prior to June 15th)

  2. Teacher Tuition: $225 

  3. Tuition includes registration fees and a 2015 Institute t-shirt for students and teachers.

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

  5. Teachers may observe all classes and have a lesson with their choice of one of our piano faculty during one of the daily teacher sessions.

  6. Orientation is at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 19th.

  7. All students perform on one of two formal evening recitals in Comstock Concert Hall.  The Institute will conclude on Friday evening with the second recital.

  8. To apply: 1. Complete the online application below.  2. Print and complete the Payment & Liability form.  3. Mail the form with your payment.

Student Application

Teacher Application

Payment & Liability Form

University of Louisville Suzuki Piano Institute

Monday, July 20 - Friday, July 24, 2015