String Preparatory Center
Welcome to the String Preparatory Center!
At the University of Louisville String Preparatory Center (SPC), our mission is to foster a vibrant educational environment where developing musicians thrive. Our programs provide a variety of learning opportunities from private lessons to workshops to summer programs.
The SPC offers private lessons in violin, viola, cello, bass, guitar, andpiano. Lessons take place at the University of Louisville throughout the year – 16 weeks during the fall and spring semesters and 12 weeks during the summer semester. At the end of each term, students may participate in a studio-wide recital. Our highly-trained SPC and university faculty members use both traditional and Suzuki pedagogical methods. Performances, masterclasses, and workshops supplement weekly lesson curriculum.
Events & Workshops
Throughout the year, a variety of workshops and masterclasses are offered to expand on the training students receive during their lessons. Programs like Middle School Honors Orchestra and High School Strings Weekend focus on expanding students’ orchestral skills and repertoire. Other events, such as the Suzuki Festival Concert,Bass Day, and the Guitar Festival, are geared towards the skills and technique of individual instruments. Masterclasses – a series of performance lessons led by a guest artist – take place throughout the year and are open for all SPC students to attend. Check our calendar for all upcoming event dates.
The University of Louisville String Academy is a program for dedicated young string players to realize their full musical potential, within a community of motivating and nurturing faculty. This program is open to high-level, pre-collegiate violinists, violists, cellists, bassists, and guitarists. The String Academy offers a substantial curriculum of masterclasses, chamber music, musicianship classes, and concerto performance opportunities. The Academy meets on Saturdays throughout the school year at the UofL School of Music.
Founded in the early 1960s, the Suzuki program at the School of Music continues a long-held tradition of teaching excellence, shaping the lives and skills of countless young musicians. The String Preparatory Center currently offers Suzuki lessons in violin, cello, and piano. Additionally, for instructors seeking to gain their Suzuki certification, the SPC offers Suzuki Teacher Training courses in Books 1-10, as well as the “Every Child Can!” introductory program.
During the summer months, the SPC offers immersive educational programs, such as the Suzuki Institute – a Suzuki-based program, focused on improving the playing ability of young students in an educational and fun environment – and the UofLString Summit – an immersive, multi-day music intensive for advanced students looking to improve their craft through high-level technique workshops, masterclasses, and private lessons with university faculty.
Fall 2023 Schedule of Events
4 – Labor Day, No classes
9 – Bass Day
14 – Music Ex Concert 1
16 – String Academy
19 – String Auditions
22 – Faculty Gala
23 – Middle School Honors Orchestra
30 – String Academy
9-10 – Mid-term Break, No classes
13 – Concerto Competition
13-15 – Guitar Festival
14 – String Academy
17 – Orchestra concert, 3pm in CCH
21 – High School String Saturday
28 – Violin Symposium & Suzuki Workshop
2 – Music eX concert featuring Paul York, cello
4 – String Academy
6-11 – New Music Festival
15 – Guitar Ensemble Concert
18 – School of Music Audition Day
18 – String Academy
20 – String Chamber Concert
22-26 – Thanksgiving Break, No classes
29 – Guitar Studio Recital
For more information
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“Teaching music is not my main purpose. I want to make good citizens. If children hear fine music from the day of their birth and learn to play it, they develop sensitivity, discipline, and endurance. They get a beautiful heart.”-Shinichi Suzuki