Since 2010, the Texas State String Project program has offered low-cost string instruction to San Marcos-area students in grades K-5 who wish to learn to play one of the orchestral string instruments: violin, viola, cello or bass. Classes meet weekly during the school year - Wednesdays from 5:30-6:45 p.m. at the School of Music building on the Texas State University campus in San Marcos. The program consists of 12 weekly group classes and 10 weekly private lessons per semester, and is open to any student in grades K-5.
Beginning students join our program in the fall semester only, and we ask that students commit to the entire school year if at all possible. We welcome students from across Central Texas from any educational environment: public, private and homeschool students are all part of our program. Because part of our mission is to support public string education, public school students may continue to participate in the program beyond the fifth grade only if they continue to participate in their local school district's string program, if one is offered.
Students in grades K-2 may choose violin, viola or cello, and learn in small, instrument-specific classes. Our classes for younger students are modeled after the highly regarded Suzuki method of string learning, and several of our teachers have participated in formal Suzuki training programs.
Students in grades three to five may choose any of the instruments and participate in a larger class with all instrument types represented, as in most school orchestra programs.
In Wednesday group classes, all students learn the basic performance techniques for their instrument as well as general music skills like rhythm training, listening/pitch-matching skills and learning to read music. Students also learn repertoire to be performed with their classes at our winter and spring concerts, where every student performs in a larger group setting.
Private lessons are a 30-minute one-on-one instruction time in which students work directly with an assigned String Project teacher to refine their technique and practice skills and learn new repertoire.
Texas State String Project classes are taught by Texas State string education students, under the direct supervision of Texas State string faculty members. For this reason, we are able to offer excellent string instruction at a very low cost to the community. We hope you will take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to come learn with us!