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UofSC String Project

Virtual or Hybrid Option for students with one or more years of experience
(combination of Virtual and Face-to-Face)

As always, we hope for the continued health of all of our students and their families. In all that we do, know that the goal is for the String Project to remain viable during these trying times

Meet some of us and see what a Virtual Lesson looks and sounds like.

Families can select face-to-face or virtual options. Students will need to rent instruments.

(Adult classes will be based on this but will be age appropriate.)

If you are interested in our virtual beginning classes, for yourself or your child, please complete this form to receive an invitation to our information session on January 12, 2021 at 6:30 p.m.

An update on String Project procedures for Spring 2021 is here. It is packed with information we hope will meet the needs of our students, and the mandates of the University of South Carolina, while creating the best possible environment to keep us all safe and healthy. If you decide you cannot participate in either model at this time, we will welcome you back when we are able to return to normal operations.

The University of South Carolina String Project provides instruction in violin, viola, cello and bass through group classes and orchestras. The nationally recognized program offers beginning classes for children in 3rd through 5th grade and beginning classes for adults. Continuing students can receive private lessons and play in String Project orchestras through high school. Teachers are undergraduate and graduate students supervised by UofSC faculty members.

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UofSC’s String Project is a model of community service and teacher education for more than 40 other university programs across the country. The program creates partnerships that provide teaching experience for Carolina students while providing accessible string education and supporting school music programs in the community.

The String Project offers group beginning classes (beginners start in fall only), group second year classes, three orchestras and private lessons. Students with at least a year of experience may join for classes and lessons when space is available.

All classes take place in the beautiful String Project Building adjacent to the School of Music Building at 851 Park Street and parking is convenient in the Discovery Parking Garage. See direction details here.

An important aspect of the program is an affordable fee to make the program available to children who might not otherwise have the opportunity to learn a string instrument. A limited number of scholarships are available based on financial need.

Undergraduates learn new skills and test their roles as professionals in an environment that rewards competence. Many orchestra teachers throughout the state were undergraduate teachers in the UofSC String Project.

Please note: Students in the String Project must enroll in their school orchestra program if one exists and when they reach the appropriate age for membership.

All String Project students (2nd year and above) are expected to be in one of the associated orchestras: Silver Strings, Concertino or Intermezzo. 

Report cards are issued twice a year to students in all levels.

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Your philanthropy makes the USC String Project possible. Donor support enables USC to provide undergraduate music students a modest stipend for their work to encourage participation. Learn how you can help.

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