Pacific University String Project


String Project Mission

The Pacific University String Project is dedicated to:


About the String Project


The Pacific University String Project is a partnership between college students' learning how to teach and school-aged children learning how to play string instruments.  Through this partnership, the preparation of string teachers is improved while the number of young string players is increased, both positively affecting the quality of available educational opportunities in the community.


String Instrument instruction currently offered:


Group Classes, Orchestra, Lessons (Grades 2-12)


Lesson are available to students from 2nd grade to 12th grade.  Students receive instruction in small and large group classes, orchestras, and/or in semi-individual and individual lessons.  Meeting for two 50-minute classes each week for 12 weeks will enable students to progress from beginning to intermediate and advanced levels of playing.  Each semester, students perform in two public performances.  See Class Descriptions for more details and registration information.


Student Teachers


The teachers in the String Project are college students who are interested in learning how to teach stringed instruments to younger students.  Student-teachers in the String Project take pedagogy classes and meet regularly with master teachers, who supervise and advise their weekly classes.  They are actively involved in recruitment and communication with parents, and they help plan public performances each semester.  Students are paid for their preparation and teaching time, and they develop experience and expertise teaching music in learning environments that mimic public school string classes. 


String Project at Pacific University is open to ALL students who are playing in the Pacific Philharmonic Orchestra regardless of major/minor.


For more information about the Pacific University String Project, please contact Dr. Dijana Ihas at, 503-352-2102.