The Baylor University String Project is a unique program that introduces low-cost group string instruction to Waco-area 4th - 12th graders. Students enrolled learn how to read music and play a stringed instrument (violin, viola, cello, bass). In the process, they develop good work habits and improve their ability to collaborate and cooperate in groups.
The BU String Project functions as a training ground for university students enrolled in string music education classes have the opportunity to teach beginning string students from the local community. The practical teaching experience gained in this program has a powerful effect on their preparation for the teaching workforce.
Because we use college students in a supervised teaching roles, Baylor is able to offer these music lessons at substantially reduced fees, making the program accessible to all families in the community who wish to participate.
Classes meet twice weekly on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 4:15-5:00 PM in Waco Hall East. Classes rotate between large group and small group instruction.
Students are encouraged to rent their instrument, as string instruments come in fractional sizes and growing students may need to move to a larger instrument as often as every 4-6 months. After the Master Teacher has determined the appropriate size of instrument for each child at the new student / parent meeting, an instrument dealer will be on hand to arrange for rentals.
All students are required to be a member of their school string program (if one exists at their grade level). Home school students, students too young for their school program, or students at schools without a string program are also allowed to participate. Classes and groups begin at the 4th grade level.
Group classes meet Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, 4:15 - 5:00 PM each semester in Waco Hall East, Room 129. For a Baylor campus map, click here.
Don't. We determine all instrument sizes at our required New Student / New Parent meeting. After we've helped determine the right instrument size for your student, we'll help connect you with our local string shop that can provide you with rental instruments.
$75 per semester for group instruction (24 lessons per semester)
$180 per semester for private lessons (12 lessons per semester)
Private lessons are only offered to students who have completed one semester in each of our group ensembles, and are scheduled by the private lesson teacher with collaboration with parents and students.