To apply for admission to the IUP String Project, fill out the application to send in.
Although applications are accepted throughout the year, parents are encouraged to send in applications before the beginning of the semester schedule. See the IUP String Project Schedule for specific dates.
Students need to provide their own instruments for lesson and ensemble instruction. For information on purchasing or renting string instruments, please see the list of string resources.
The IUP String Project offers quality instruction at a low cost. Tuition for the program includes all private lessons and group classes. Tuition is paid each semester; however, the String Project offers parents the option of paying in two installments during a semester. Tuition rates will be published on each year's registration form. Scholarships are available on a very limited basis.
For more information about scholarships, please contact Dr. Jennings.
The IUP String Project is designed to support the string programs in the public schools. Therefore, all students enrolled in the IUP String Project must also be enrolled in their school orchestra program when they reach the appropriate age and where a school orchestra program exists.
Attending lessons regularly is important for students’ success in playing a string instrument. For this reason, the IUP String Project has the following attendance policy:
Daily practice of at least the length of a lesson is crucial to the student’s progress in music.
String Project teachers may request students to keep record of their practice time and turn it in.
All students progress at their own levels, both in terms of quality of playing and level of difficulty. Regular practice habits help work toward progress, not speed of progress.
Students might go through periods of different levels of motivation, but it is important to continue with the regular practice schedule. Sometimes parents are concerned that regular practice may make playing an instrument, or music itself, less enjoyable for their child, particularly during periods of low motivation. But, regular practice is always necessary. If there are concerns with this, please talk with your String Project teacher.
Students are expected to:
Learning for any child is always much more successful with parent support and involvement. For this reason, students will be most successful if parents help their child to:
Parents are also strongly encouraged to expose their child to activities and events that encourage and enforce musical interest and to attend lessons and practice sessions as guided by the teacher.