String Project

String Project at Missouri State University

Excellent opportunities for area elementary students and MSU music students

The process of learning to play a stringed instrument has been linked to higher test scores in children. It also encourages the personal development of young people by giving them an outlet for self-expression within a structured environment.

The String Project seeks to give area string programs a boost by allowing more children to learn at an earlier age than through existing programs. Because of the modest or subsidized costs of study and the starting age that is three years ahead of the public school programs, more students are offered this opportunity at an age that is optimal for learning. At the same time, MSU music students will gain valuable field knowledge that they can apply later as orchestra teachers or private instructors.


  • The Missouri State University String Project was founded in the fall of 2005 as a partnership between music students at Missouri State University and elementary students in the Springfield area.
  • All area children in the second, third and fourth grade have the opportunity to learn to play the violin, viola or cello in the string project.
  • Missouri State University music students lead classes under the supervision of an experienced string teacher.


Classes follow the University schedule (observing public school holidays):

Fall 2019 semester

New students

String Project will have informational meetings/registration for new students on Monday, September 16 at 3:45 p.m. at the Pershing school site.

Other beginning pupils can report to Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts, Room 305, at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, September 16.

Beginning pupils in grades 1-4 are welcome.

Returning students

Students who have been in String Project for one year or more should meet at Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts, Room 305, at 4:00 p.m. beginning Monday, September 16 and continuing on Mondays and Wednesdays.


Final concert

  • Monday, Dec 2 at 7:30 p.m.

Ellis Hall
C. Minor Recital Hall


Tuition and other requirements

  • Tuition is $85 per semester and is due and payable by the second class of each term. (Limited need-based scholarships are available.)
  • Students are responsible for renting or bringing a suitable instrument and purchasing one music book.

String Project 2019:

How to enroll?

Adobe PDF icon Complete the enrollment form.

Both pages of the enrollment form must be completed by the student’s parent or legal guardian and submitted to string project staff or Dr. David Hays before the student will be permitted to participate in the current term of the String Project.

*Once enrollment forms have been completed, please read the policy statement, and pay tuition online. Tuition is $85 per semester and is due and payable by the second class of each term.