January 26, 2018
The Texas Tech University String Project will host an open house from 6-7 p.m. Tuesday (Jan. 30) at the School of Music to introduce its beginner string instrument classes for adults to anyone who wants to learn.
The String Project is designed to provide opportunities for students and adults to receive instruction on stringed instruments at a reduced price. All instructors are music and music education majors at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Instruction is offered on five string instruments: violin, viola, cello, double bass and harp.
“At the open house, you will have the opportunity to try out instruments, get sized on your preferred instrument and gather information about renting an instrument from local music stores,” said Blair Williams, director of the String Project. “You also will receive information about other materials you will need for class, meet the teachers and be able to register for classes.”
Registration for the spring 2018 classes must be completed by Feb. 3, and adult string classes begin Feb. 6. Registration can be completed online. Tuition is $120 or $150 for the semester, which includes instruction in group class two days a week, a choice of one or three private lessons and the official Texas Tech University String Project T-shirt. Payment is due the first day of class through cash or check.
The Texas Tech University String Project was established in 2001 in part with the National String Project Consortium and the American String Teachers Association. The program initially was funded by a three-year grant from the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education with matching contributions from Texas Tech. Now, the program is funded by student fees and contributions by Texas Tech.
The School of Music is part of the J.T. and Margaret Talkington College of Visual & Performing Arts.
With more than 500 students, the size is ideal for creating larger ensembles as well as ensuring individual attention with private study.
Faculty includes a performing specialist on all band and orchestral instruments as well as piano, voice, organ, harp and guitar, and specialists in conducting, composition, electronic music, music education, musicology, world music and music theory.