Suzuki Strings

It is preferable to begin study at the beginning of a new semester for a new beginner. Transfer students already studying or new beginners may be accepted at any time of the year at the teacher’s discretion (if space is available) and fees for that semester may be prorated.

Please note that the Application Form is separate and different from the Registration Form ( )

Fill out the Application Form first so that we are aware of you and enter your information into our system, can contact you and get you going.

Fill out the Registration Form once you have chosen a teacher, found a lesson time and are ready to register and pay for lessons.


Application Procedure

Welcome! We are pleased you are interested in studying in the Suzuki String Program at the University of Louisville. Please follow these three easy steps to enroll your child in the program and orient yourself for lessons following the Mother Tongue Method of Dr. Shinichi Suzuki.

1. Please complete the Application Form so that we have your information and get you into the system. You will be contacted by the director of our program, Timothy Durbin. He will assist you in completing the process and starting lessons. Please mail the completed form to:

Attention: Timothy Durbin

University of Louisville 
School of Music

Suzuki Studies Program

Louisville, KY 40292

2. If you have not already chosen a teacher for your child, please arrange to contact our teachers, meet them and observe them teach an existing student so that you can choose the teacher that you feel is the best fit for your child, the child’s personality and the way they learn. It also allows the teacher a few moments to meet you and your child so that the teacher can also assess whether or not the child is ready to begin formal lessons. It also gives you a chance to ask question in person to clarify anything about the lessons that you need more information about.

Please contact one of the following teachers to set up observations at a mutually convenient time:

Director of the Suzuki String Program: Timothy Durbin (502) 852-0537 or (859) 312-1616. Room 336 

Email: or   


Violin Teachers

Franzeli (Celi) Sharp:  Room 177

Michael Hill: Room 335



Viola Teachers

Michael Hill: Room 335



Cello Teachers

Wayne Krigger: Room 178


Carmen Irons:  Room LL24

3. Plan to Attend the Suzuki Philosophy Orientation Class

Each fall we offer the Suzuki Association’s official introductory philosophy course “Every Child Can”. This is a one-day, six-hour course taught by Dr. Timothy Durbin that prepares you for your role as parent in the Suzuki learning triangle. “Every Child Can” is a one-day introductory course on the Suzuki philosophy and its application to 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

Detailed information about the course is located here:

• Group Lessons

At the end of the fall and spring semester, the students present a polished concert together in group style of the music (both Suzuki and outside literature) which has been coordinated between the teachers and worked on all semester in group classes and private lessons.

In general, there are two semesters, each consisting of 16 weeks and students should receive 16 private or semi-private lessons and 8 group classes.

Group Classes:
Follow the "2020-2021 Dates" tab

A word about group classes

Dr. Suzuki felt that the group lesson experience was a vital part of the success of the method he developed. There are many reasons for group lessons:

• Students are motivated in groups and have fun

• Memory skills are worked on and developed

• Children learn from each other in group settings. Peer support and sharing are an essential part of a musical education.

• It is a non-threatening environment in which through play and experimentation they can develop the confidence and self assurance to play as a soloist later

• The development of ensemble skills

• All common new techniques are presented to all students at once to save lesson time for other things.

• Musical expression and body coordination skills can be developed and refined that were introduced in the private lesson.

• Other literature outside the traditional Suzuki repertoire can be learned and performed as well.

For these reasons, it is fundamental to all Suzuki instruction that students be enrolled in group classes. We highly recommend that you take advantage of this essential and integral aspect of the Suzuki approach.


• Weekend Workshop and Summer Institute

Each year the Suzuki program sponsors a weekend workshop and a week long summer institute in June. These events are at an extra charge and not covered by the regular lesson fees, but are an in depth immersion into the Suzuki experience that can completely change the student and their relationship to music. We highly encourage all students to take advantage of these events when offered.



A limited number of financial need scholarships are available. Contact the Suzuki Studies Program  at (502) 852-1859 or complete this form: and read the scholarship application details.

Tuition & Fees

Make checks payable to "University of Louisville, Suzuki." Payments may be mailed to the address below, or call 502 852 1859 with Visa, Mastercard, or Discover payment information.

University of Louisville School of Music

Suzuki Studies Program
2301 S. Third St.
Louisville, KY 40292