String Project FAQ
What is String Project?
UNT String Project is a low-cost community music program that offers Suzuki-based instruction in string instruments (violin, viola, cello, double bass) for students in 2nd through 12th grade. Students in Levels 1 and 2 attend a group class and a private or small pod lesson each week. Pre-Orchestra and Youth Orchestras attend a once a week rehearsal with the option of a private lesson each week. String Project is a teacher-training program, all classes are taught by high-level musicians.
What is String Project's mission?
To give undergraduate and graduate music education students hands-on, supervised experience in teaching, administration, and leadership as they pursue their degrees.
To involve more school-age children in learning to play string instruments.
To provide a low cost, high quality music education experience.
Who are the teachers?
String Project is a teacher training program. String Project teachers are UNT music education undergraduate and graduate students. They are supervised by Dr. Elizabeth Chappell, a National Board Certified Educator and 17 year veteran of middle school orchestra teaching.
What is the age range of the students?
Students range from 2nd graders (approx. 8 years old) all the way up to adults.
What level should my child be in?
Level 1 is for beginners in their first year of playing. Students entering with playing experience should email a sample of your child playing their favorite piece and send it to us. Please see the 'Contact' page.
When is String Project?
String Project begins the week of September 11 (please see exact dates on the 'Schedule' page). You choose your date and time when registering online. Private lessons are individually arranged with instructor. Link to the String Project Calendar HERE.
How do we drop-off and pick-up our kids?
There is a drop-off zone in front of the music bulidng on Ave. C. We ask that you pull up as far as you can to drop-off and pick-up your children (even as far as Chestnut St.). DO NOT park and leave your vehicle as cars behind you will be blocked from moving. Teachers will wait for your children outside and wait until all the children have been picked up. Private lesson pick up/drop off will be arranged with individual teachers.
Do you have to be enrolled in your school orchestra?
Yes, but only if that option is offered. String Project is meant to enhance the school orchestra programs. Students too young to be enrolled in a school program and homeschool students are welcomed as well.
Are scholarships available?
We do not give out many scholarships but you can contact us with any concerns.
Does UNT provide instruments?
We provide a limited number of instruments in various sizes. Please inquire of the Director of UNT instrument availability.
You can either buy or rent an instrument and we advise you to rent as children grow quickly. We recommend The Luthier Shop in Crossroads which supplies rentals that cost between $18-$22 a month.
Do students need to practice?
In order to progress, students will need to practice each day. Level 1 and Level 2 students should practice 10-15 minutes a day.