Suzuki Studies

Talent Education
Shinichi Suzuki, violinist and teacher, began developing his system of education in the 1930’s.  He recognized children’s ability to assimilate language as an opportunity to enrich them through music.  He called this method the Mother Tongue method.  Suzuki believed that talent is not an inborn ability, but a skill that can be developed to a very high level in every child given the proper training and environment. Because Suzuki was a violinist, he applied his theories first to teaching children to play the violin.  The Suzuki Method, also known as Talent Education, now includes flute, recorder, cello, viola, string bass, piano, harp, and guitar.

Benefits of Suzuki Study
Suzuki students develop many skills beyond musical technique including problem solving, memory skills, perseverance and the ability to focus on a task.  Other benefits of Suzuki study are an increasing appreciation of music, development of an emotional outlet, sense of self-worth, discipline, and respect for other people with similar and diverse skills.

Contact Information
502 852 1859
suzukistrings@louisville.edu

Every Child Can!



Every Child Can!© (ECC) is an introduction to Dr. Suzuki’s philosophy and its application to Suzuki education. For parents, teachers, prospective teachers and others, this course provides an inspiring, in-depth look at the Suzuki approach to teaching and learning.

In addition to exploring the elements of the Suzuki approach and its far-reaching goals, it includes an introduction to learning styles, history of the development of Suzuki education, the role of parents, the importance of Suzuki pedagogical training, and an overview of the SAA’s role in supporting teachers and parents. A fast-paced, engaging and inspiring program, ECC includes video materials and SAA-developed courseware, and provides each participant with useful reference materials (manuals) for later study. For teachers, ECC serves as the first course in the Suzuki Association of the Americas’ Teacher Development Program.

This course is a requirement for new teachers and is open to prospective teachers, parents, and administrators interested in learning more about Suzuki education. It is highly recommended that Suzuki parents (old and new!) register for this course. Dr. Timothy Durbin leads the class at the University of Louisville. Teacher training classes are also offered Fall and Spring semester. Please reference the course listing HERE for more information.



ONLINE REGISTRATION for Suzuki Studies Program 

Suzuki Brochure for printable registration

Registration and Policies - Suzuki Studies Program & CMP

Suzuki Scholarship Application 


Suzuki Liability Waiver Form

Departmental Recital reservation forms - Suzuki Studies Program & CMP-

Tuition Rates


Tuition payments can be made by check ("University of Louisville, Suzuki")
-mail to Suzuki Studies Program, University of Louisville School of Music, Louisville, KY 40292
-drop off in the main office
-drop off in Room 335 to Michael Hill

Credit card payments (Visa, Discover, Mastercard) can be made by calling 502 852 1859 or stopping by Room 335 (Michael Hill)