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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 & Application

Student Curriculum

Teacher Curriculum

2018 T-Shirt Design


Faculty Biographies


Students: $425

Teachers: $275

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.


Student Application

Teacher Application

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

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Student Curriculum

Student Curriculum

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.    

Student Recitals

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.  

Parent Supervision


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.

Teacher Curriculum

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.

Teacher Lessons

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.

Teacher Curriculum

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.

Adult Sizing chart

Youth Sizing chart

2018 T-Shirt Design

Bettie Johnson Hall

Dorm Apartments

1900 South 4th Street

$36 per person per night

No tax

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

SpringHill Suites

Louisville Airport

820 Philips Lane

$112 per night plus taxes

Complimentary hot buffet breakfast

Airport Shuttle

Shuttle to School of Music

(based upon availability)

Indoor Pool

Fitness Center & Business Center

Book by May 26th

Reserve Online

Or call 502.361.9009

Ask for Suzuki Piano group rate


Institute Faculty

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. 

Institute Faculty
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