IUP String Project Accepting Applications for Spring Semester

Posted on 1/17/2011 12:47:42 PM

The IUP String Project, a community music education outreach program for children ages five to eighteen in Indiana and the surrounding area, is now accepting applications for private lesson instruction on violin, viola, cello, and bass.

Applications are due on January 24, 2011, and lessons will begin on January 31. For more information and an application, please contact Dr. Linda Jennings at ljenning@iup.edu or 724-357-2649.

The IUP String Project curriculum consists of weekly private lessons and group lessons scheduled at different times throughout the year. Lessons are thirty minutes to one hour in length, depending upon the age and advancement of each student. Optional group classes are designed to reinforce concepts and techniques learned in private lessons as well as to develop other musical skills, such as ensemble playing, leadership skills, etc. At the end of each semester students also have the opportunity to perform solo and ensemble pieces on recitals.

Lessons, group classes, and recitals take place on the IUP campus and are taught by IUP music students. 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, if one is available.

The IUP String Project also provides a teacher-training program for IUP music students who are the teachers in the program. The program provides hands-on practical experience teaching one-on-one lessons, as well as teaching groups in a classroom setting and conducting a string orchestra. In addition, teachers gain invaluable experience participating in recruiting programs in public and private schools, gain teaching ideas and guidance at regular pedagogy meetings, and receive feedback on their teaching.

The IUP String Project is one of thirty-two similar programs joined under the auspices of the National String Project Consortium, dedicated to promoting string music education in the United States. As a member of the NSPC, the IUP String Project joins in addressing the two main issues facing string education today: 1) the low numbers of public schools that offer string music education programs to children, and 2) the critical shortage of string teachers in the U.S.

The program is directed by IUP Music faculty member Dr. Linda Jennings.