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-8th grade, modeled on the public school string class experience. Private lessons are also offered to students beginning in their third year of study. Students have the opportunity to perform at concerts, recitals, and community events throughout the year.
We will start a new class of 3rd and 4th grade beginners in January, 2018. This class, called “Prelude,” will be held on Saturdays from 10:30AM – Noon, at the Western Avenue Community Center in Bloomington.
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 be holding placement auditions for new students on Friday, January 19, 2018, beginning at 4:15 p.m. Please use this link to sign-up for an audition time.
200 S. University St.
Normal IL 61761
Illinois State University
The Prelude class is for beginning string students who are starting in January. Enrollment is limited to students currently in 3rd or 4th grade during the 2017-2018 school year. This class is held off-campus at the Western Avenue Community Center. Students will learn the basics of string playing, including correct posture, plucking and playing with the bow, note-reading, and counting.
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.
On Campus Class - Cook Hall
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 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.
Group Class (12 weeks)