With research mount- ing on the positive and long-term benefits of music instruction cou-
What is a String Project?
pled with either the cutting of many
creases in programs that are able to stay
sic programs are becoming few and far
Project sites in the United States, and
combat the growing epidemic of ex-
pensive and/or void group-music op-
family. This article will address what a
source of educational development for
homeschooled youth. The Northern
Kentucky University (NKU) String
Project will be used as a case study.
A;String;Project;is;a;university/college-based program that provides group vio-lin,;viola,;cello,;and;bass;instruction;to
youth. (Some String Project sites may
instruction.) A String Project is unique
in that it is a win-win partnership between the university/college and the
community. Two things are always true
about String Projects: ( 1) They provide
high-quality instruction at extremely
students gain valuable teaching experience.
How Does a String Project Work?
While the first String Project appeared in
become the standard model. The String
Project began out of necessity for creating well-equipped string-music edu-cators,;since;many;string;teaching;jobs
remained unfilled due to a lack of well-equipped string teachers.1This led to
A String Project is comprised of a
Director, Master Teacher, and Under-
graduate Teaching Assistants (UTAs.)
With most classes meeting twice per
week, the Master Teacher leads a
by Amy E. Gillingham
in the world of string-music education.
Music Instruction for