Pacific University String Project

The Pacific University String Project is a partnership between college students’ learning how to teach and school-aged students 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.

The Pacific University String Project is the only Oregon member of the National String Project Consortium.

Fall 2022 String Project

Assuming that health and safety protocols allow us, we are planning to offer String Project classes in-person starting in Fall 2022. Proof of vaccination and masks will be reinforced according to Pacific University’s guidelines. In case of a new surge of the virus, we will proceed with classes being taught online until further notice. The registration deadline is Aug. 26, 2022.

NEW! We will be updating our educational offerings. Please take note of new classes we will be offering and changes we will be making in existing classes.

Pre-Twinkle Class

This is our new class, designed for preschool and kindergarten students. It will be offered through Pacific University’s Early Learning Community (ELC) twice a week, during the school day. Watch for more details in early June. Classes are Tuesdays and Thursdays, time to be determined, Sept. 19 - Dec. 6, 2022. Fee: N/A

Beginning Class

This class is designed for students in second grade or older who have never played string instruments. Classes are offered in person at Pacific University from 4 to 4:50 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Sept. 19 - Dec. 6. Fee: $80.


This is the only orchestra class we will be offering. The class is designed for students with one to three years of experience playing string instruments. Students who have played for more than three years can continue their orchestral musical growth with groups within the Metropolitan Youth Symphony or they can sign up for Chamber Ensembles. Classes are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5 to 5:50 p.m. Sept. 19 - Dec. 6, 2022. Fee: $100

Chamber Ensembles

This class is designed for students with more than 3 years of playing experience. In this class, students will be placed in one of the chamber groups and will have weekly coaching sessions with our teachers. Classes are from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Fridays, Sept. 19 - Dec. 6, 2022. Fee: $100  

Adult Group Class

This is designed for adults who wish to either start learning how to play string instruments from scratch or who consider themselves to be beginners. Classes are from 5 to 6 p.m. Thursdays, Sept. 19 - Dec. 6, 2022. Fee: $120

Private Lessons

We are offering packages of 10 lessons. Students can sign up for 30-, 45-, or 60-minute long lessons. The session runs from Sept. 19 - Dec. 6, 2022, with days and times arranged between the teacher and the parents/students. Fees:

  • 30-minute lessons: $150 for package of 10
  • 45-minute lessons: $225 for package of 10
  • 60-minute lessons: $300 for package of 10

* These fees are only for students who are also participating in group classes. Private lessons without group participation must be arranged between the teachers and parents of the students.

Guitar Classes & Lessons

We anticipate starting guitar classes and lessons in Fall 2023.

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Our Mission Statement

The Pacific University String Project is dedicated to:

  • Improving the quality of string teachers’ preparation through integrated learning.
  • Providing quality and affordable string education to school-age students of all socio-economic and racial backgrounds.
  • Enhancing the quality of life in the community.

For Our Students and Parents

Students in second through 12th grade learn how to play string instruments, including the violin, viola, cello, and double bass, from our teachers-in-preparation and our master teacher. Students receive instruction in small and large group classes, orchestras, and/or in semi-individual and individual lessons. Each meeting for two 50-minute classes each week for 10 weeks will enable students to progress from beginning to intermediate and advanced levels of playing. Each semester, students perform in two public performances.

We offer numerous ways for our students to grow as musicians such as:

  • Group Classes
  • Various Levels of Orchestra
  • Private Lessons
  • Chamber Ensembles
  • Music Theory

For Our Teachers

The teachers in 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 supervises and advises 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 in teaching music in learning environments that mimic public school string classes. The String Project at Pacific University is open to ALL students who are playing in the Pacific Philharmonic Orchestra regardless of major/minor.

Contact Us

Dijana Ihas, PhD | Program Director/Master Teacher
503-352-2102 |

Taylor-Meade Performing Arts Center | Pacific University
2043 College Way
Forest Grove, OR 97116


A surge in students pursuing music degrees at Pacific University over the past decade is expected to continue this fall.

The project, funded by a Faith Gabelnick grant, concluded with a joint concert on April 24.