Please note: Illinois State University is following current coronvirus (COVID-19) guidance from the State of Illinois and the CDC and may need to adjust the program (e.g. delivery mode, group size, or location) on short notice. Any changes will be communicated to those participating as soon as we are able.
String Project provides many different options for students who are interested in pursuing excellence in string playing. Group classes are offered to students in 3rd through 8th grade, modeled on the public school string class experience. Private lessons are also offered to students beginning in their third year of study. All classes have transitioned back to in person. Unvaccinated individuals will be required to wear masks as per current CDC guidelines.
We will start our next class of beginning 3rd and 4th graders in the fall of 2021. Info night for students interested in starting strings this year will take place on September 9 at 6:30 p.m. in Cook Hall room 308. Children are encouraged to attend with their parents. Information about our program and scholarships will be provided, and instruments will be available for new students to try.
Students with prior experience playing a stringed instrument, whether through private lessons or their school program, are welcome to join our program. Students are asked to play a placement audition so that teachers can recommend the class that best suits each student's level. We will hold placement auditions for new students on Friday, September 10, beginning at 4:15 p.m. Please sign-up for an audition time. If you have questions about the audition process, please email Dr. Lewis.
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Normal IL 61761
Illinois State University
The Dolce class is our class for beginning string students. Enrollment is limited to students entering 3rd and 4th grade in the fall (at least age 8 by September 1). Students learn the basics of string playing, including correct posture, plucking and playing with the bow, note-reading, and counting.
The Vivace class is an intermediate-level string orchestra. Most students are in 5th-8th grade. The curriculum emphasizes comprehensive musicianship with a focus on key signatures, scales, sight-reading, and ensemble playing. Students typically remain in the Vivace class for more than one year as the repertoire and curriculum vary from year to year.
Vivace Class -
The Sinfonia class is an advanced intermediate level string orchestra; students must audition and be accepted into the orchestra to register. The group performs repertoire in a variety of styles. All students in Sinfonia must take private lessons, either through String Project or with another string teacher in the community. In addition to the two formal String Project concerts, the Sinfonia class typically performs at community events several times during the year. Once accepted into the class, students do not need to re-audition.
Sinfonia Class -
Sinfonia audition requirements:
1. Scales as follows:
2. A solo of the student's choice (Suzuki Book 2 or piece of comparable level)
3. Sight-reading (provided at the audition)
Students in Vivace or Sinfonia have the opportunity to take private lessons through String Project, which are taught on-campus. Lessons are 30 minutes long and there are 10 lessons each semester (Fall and Spring).
On-campus lesson days/times are arranged individually between the student and teacher. Each String Project student enrolled in lessons is invited to participate in a solo recital, scheduled at the end of fall and spring semesters
If your child has previous experience with a stringed instrument, they must schedule a placement audition. We will hold placement auditions for new students on Friday, September 10, 2021, beginning at 4:15 p.m. Please sign-up for an audition time.
Group Class (12 weeks)