UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE SUZUKI PIANO INSTITUTE
Dates: June 11-15, 2018
Location: U of L School of Music
Classes: June 11-15, 8:30 - 5:00
Rehearsal: Monday, June 11 6:00 p.m.
Recital: Thursday, June 14, 7:00 p.m.
Concludes: June 15, 5:00 p.m.
Bruce Anderson (FL), Piano
Rae Kate Shen (CA), Piano
Lauren Hodgson (OH), Dalcroze
Steven Hendricks (TX), Chorus
Penelope Quesada (KY), Orff
Dequan Tunstull (KY), Jazz Improvisation
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 piano Institute 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. This year's event will take place the same week as the Suzuki String Institute. It will be a truly exciting time!
Tuition Includes registration fee, 2018 Institute t-shirt, and online student recital video
Student enrollment is limited and on a first applied basis. After completing the online form, your payment must be received within seven days to secure your spot.
Payment & Liability Form
To apply: 1. Complete the online application 2. Print and complete the Payment & Liability form 3. Mail the form with your payment
Tuition is non-refundable after May 14th.
Make checks payable to "U of L Suzuki Piano Institute" and mail with your Payment and Liability form to:
U of L Suzuki Piano Institute
School of Music
University of Louisville
Louisville, KY 40292
The student curriculum consists of four hours of classes per day: one piano class and three enrichment classes. Classes take place between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, plus a recital rehearsal on Monday evening and recital on Thursday evening. It is a fun, but full week, so if possible, local students should devote the entire week to the Institute.
The Institute application asks for the student’s recital piece and the piece you would like to work on during the Institute. The majority of teachers prefer the student to work on the same piece, but it is the home teacher’s decision. If you change your mind about the piece(s), that is not a problem. Please just e-mail the change to the director as soon as you know.
All students will perform on a formal evening recital in our wonderful concert facility, Comstock Concert Hall at 7:00 on Thursday, June 14th. The recital will be followed by a reception. Formal concert attire includes dresses for girls and shirt and tie for boys, preferably a jacket or suit. No casual clothes or shoes are permitted. The home teacher will set the bench for the recital. If the home teacher is not present, another teacher will be assigned to assist the student. Student masterclasses will rotate rooms so that everyone gets a chance to be on stage before the recital.
University policy requires that minors on campus be accompanied at all times by their parent or an authorized adult who has had a background check. For the Institute, a parent attends the piano class, sets the bench and footrest, and takes notes. Parent observation of enrichment classes is also encouraged and, in some cases, required. Parents are responsible to see their children, even teenagers, from class to class. If you have multiple children and are concerned about the logistics of supervising them, please contact the Institute director.
It is a hallmark of Suzuki Method that teachers continue to study the best way to teach children by attending workshops and other educational events. Teachers are highly encouraged to attend the Institute with their students so that they can observe masterclasses and help apply the advice and practice techniques after the Institute. Though not strictly required, this teacher involvement greatly improves the students’ prospects for continued growth and development.
Included in the full week Teacher Tuition is a lesson with Bruce Anderson, SAA teacher trainer. Teachers are free to watch whichever piano masterclasses and enrichment classes most interest them throughout the week.
Home teachers will set their own students’ bench and footrest for the Institute recital. You will also be responsible to assist them at a recital rehearsal. Teachers who are not able to be here are encouraged to make arrangements with another teacher to assume this role for them. If not, a teacher will be assigned to the student.
2018 Institute T-Shirt
Students and full time teacher enrollees who register in time receive an Institute t-shirt as part of their tuition and have their names appear on the back of the shirt.
Parents who would like a shirt may purchase one on the payment form with their student's tuition. Additional shirts will not be printed, so if you want one, order ahead.
The shirts are 100% cotton. They are slightly fitted, but pretty true to size.
Bettie Johnson Hall
1900 South 4th Street
$36 per person per night
Reserve by May 10th
Living room, full kitchen
Private bedrooms, bathroom
Does not include linens or cookware
Twin Extrra long beds
Reserve on Tuition Payment form
Walking distance to School of Music
Nearby restaurants & Coffee shop
820 Philips Lane
$112 per night plus taxes
Complimentary hot buffet breakfast
Shuttle to School of Music
(based upon availability)
Fitness Center & Business Center
Book by May 26th
Or call 502.361.9009
Ask for Suzuki Piano group rate
Bruce Anderson, piano
Bruce Anderson (FL) is a registered teacher trainer with SAA and a highly sought-after clinician for seminars around the world. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Eckerd College and a Masters degree in Music Education from University of Southern Florida at Tampa.
A long-standing piano clinician for our Louisville Institute, Mr. Anderson worked closely with Dr. Kataoka for many years. He studied for three and half years in Matsumoto, Japan, where he also had the great privilege of studying violin with Dr. Suzuki and Ms. Yuko Mori.
Mr. Anderson maintains a thriving piano studio in St. Petersburg, Florida, where he works with both students and teachers. His students have performed in many venues, including numerous 10-Piano Concerts in Matsumoto, Japan and Sacramento, California.
Rae Kate Shen, piano
Rae Kate Shen (CA) holds a Bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance and a Master of Music in Accompanying Performance from the University of Southern California. She teaches piano and coordinates the Suzuki Program at the University of Redlands. She is a registered teacher trainer with the Suzuki Association of the Americas and trains teachers in the Suzuki piano method on a year-round basis.
Ms. Shen studied extensively with Dr. Kataoka in the U.S. and many times in Matsumoto, Japan, and continues to study with teachers from Matsumoto at workshops. She is a frequent guest clinician at numerous institutes and workshops throughout the United States, an adjudicator for the Music Teachers' Association of California, and concertizing pianist for the Marina Chamber Ensemble.
Lauren Alger, Dalcroze
Lauren Hodgson (OH) is a Licensed Dalcroze instructor, pianist, and piano instructor. She enjoys teaching children and adults of all ages at the Community Music School at Baldwin Wallace University. Her prior Dalcroze teaching includes Colorado Center for Musical Arts, Dalcroze School of the Rockies, Intermountain Suzuki String Institute, DFW Texas Suzuki Institute and “Let’s Play Music” National Conference.
Ms. Hodgson received her Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance at Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music, followed by studies at Dalcroze School of the Rockies where she was awarded the Dalcroze Certificate and License. Lauren greatly appreciates her former and current teachers, including Mary Dobrea-Grindahl, Jeremy Dittus, Eiko Ishizuka, Lisa Parker, Hélène Nicolet and Bruce Boiney.