All classes take place on The University of North Texas campus and align with the semesters of the university’s academic calendar. Classes are primarily taught by UNT string music education majors along with the close supervision of a university faculty member, Dr. Elizabeth Chappell, and graduate student Master Teachers. Our catalog of classes is designed to accommodate string students at all levels of playing and provide musical experiences students beyond what students may be learning in their school orchestra program.
For the majority of String Project classes, registration includes the weekly group classes, but families have the option to add on additional private instruction packages. Private lessons allow students the opportunity to work one-on-one with a String Project instructor, focusing on improving their technique and playing in a manner that is entirely individualized to their learning.
GROUP CLASSES (VIOLIN, VIOLA, CELLO, BASS, HARP)
Students have the option to either provide their own instrument (via rental at a local shop) or rent one from the UNT String Project (subject to availability). More information regarding instruments can be found at the bottom of this page.
Parents as Partners Level 1 (Beginning Grade K- 3rd)
Beginner level strings class (violin, viola, cello) designed for parents (or guardian, grandparent) to learn alongside their child. Parents will learn alongside their students so that they are able to assist and facilitate at-home practice. The instruction is Suzuki-based and will emphasize ear training using familiar songs. Beginning class students do not need to be able to read music or have had previous musical experience. Students will meet once per week in a group forrmat and with a private instructor (either via Zoom or in-person) eight times during each semester.
Tuition: $250per semester or $460 per year (includes registration fee)
Beginning Strings (Grade 4 and up)
Beginner level strings class (violin, viola, cello, bass, harp) designed for older students. The instruction is Suzuki-based and will emphasize ear training using familiar songs. Beginning class students do not need to be able to read music or have had previous musical experience. Students will meet once per week in a group forrmat and with a private instructor (either via Zoom or in-person) eight times during each semester.
Students in pre-orchestra (violin, viola, cello, bass, harp) have a solid foundation in technique and intonation. This class will focus on music reading, ensemble skills and continued development of instrumental technique and repertoire. Students practice note reading and playing harmony, melody, and bass lines using the book Learning Together: Sequential Repertoire for Solo Strings or String Ensemble Books 1 and 2.
Tuition: $230 per semester or $430 per year (includes registration fee)
Group Classes: Wednesday 5:30 to 6:20 PM
ENSEMBLES (VIOLIN, VIOLA, CELLO, BASS, HARP)
Students continue to work on technique and develop skills needed to play in an ensemble. Students must already have a solid foundation in basic instrumental technique and music reading to enroll in Youth Orchestra. Students practice further develop note reading and playing music in multiple parts.
Tuition: $150 per semester or $270 per year (includes registration fee)
All students are encouraged to purchase additional private lessons package for individual instruction, but Harp players and students who have never participated in an orchestral ensemble will be required to purchase at least 4 lessons per semester to assist in the transition to ensemble playing.
Fiddle & Pop Ensemble (formerly "Eclectic Styles")
This advanced ensemble is for students with orchestral experience and advanced instrumental technique. The ensemble will play fiddle, jazz, pop, rock, and world music selections. Students will learn techniques specific to eclectic styles, improvisational skills, and basic composition/arranging. This ensemble is ideal for students involved with their school orchestra program but interested in learning beyond the classical repertoire.
Tuition: $150 per semester or $270 per year (includes registration)
Optional Private Lessons:
Students may purchase packages of lessons in increments of 4 and they can be added to any group class. Year-long registrants purchase a minimum of 8 lessons. Lessons are 30 minutes in length and will be conducted remotely via Zoom or in person depending on student preference.
8 - $140
16 - $270
For Instrument Rentals, there will be a few instruments at UNT for rent $75 per year. Otherwise, we will always partner with Crossroads-based The Luthier Shop.
Please keep in mind that we are unable to provide refunds after the first week of classes. We cannot prorate tuition.