A surge in students pursuing music degrees at Pacific University over the past decade is expected to continue this fall.
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.
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 2nd 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 12 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
- Four Levels of Orchestra
- Private Lessons
- Chamber Ensembles
- Music Theory
- Adult Class
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.
Fall 2020 Schedule
Students' health and safety is our highest priority, and for that reason, we have decided to offer String Project group classes as well as private lessons online. We will conduct our classes via Zoom with students being required to attend a remote class once a week and the choice of attending the second class either via Zoom or watch pre-recorded materials. To ensure the quality of instruction, all String Project classes will be taught once a week by professional string teachers and the second class of the week by our student teachers teaching under the close supervision of professional teachers. Our semester will be shortened by two weeks and we will be offering a 15% discount.
Beginning Class: We are planning on starting a group of new beginners for the duration of the shorter semester of five weeks (10/26/20-11/18/20). MW 5-5:45pm Fee: $35.00 for five weeks (This class will be taught by Dr. Ihas with the help of student teachers.)
Intermediate Class: This class should be taken by students who were last year in the Beginning Class and who at least play Song of the Wind. (9/15/20-11/19/20) TTh 4-4:50pm Fee: $60.00 for ten weeks (Dr. Ihas will be teaching this class on Tuesdays and student teachers will be teaching this class on Thursdays.)
Prelude Orchestra: This class should be taken by students who were last year in the Intermediate Class as well as all other students who are still in Suzuki Books 1 or 2. (9/15/20-11/19/20) TTh 5-5:50pm Fee: $70.00 for ten weeks (Dr. Ihas will be teaching this class on Tuesdays and student teachers will be teaching this class on Thursdays.)
Rhapsody Orchestra: This class should be taken by students who were last year in Prelude Orchestra as well as all other students in Suzuki Books 3 and 4. (9/15/20-11/19/20) TTh 4:30-5:20pm Fee: $70.00 for ten weeks (Dr. Ihas will be teaching this class on Thursdays and student teachers will be teaching this class on Tuesdays.)
Chamber Orchestra: This class should be taken by students who were last year in the Rhapsody Orchestra as well as all other students who are in Suzuki Book 4 and up. (9/15/20-11/19/20) TTh 5:30-6:20pm Fee: $90.00 for ten weeks (THIS IS AN AUDITION ORCHESTRA AND MATERIALS FOR AUDITION WILL BE SENT OUT IN FIRST WEEK OF AUGUST. VIDEO-RECORDED AUDITIONS WILL BE ELECTRONICALLY SUBMITTED IN THE FIRST WEEK OF SEPTEMBER.) (Dr. Ihas will be teaching this class on Thursdays and student teachers will be teaching this class on Tuesdays.)
Chamber Ensembles: This class is mainly for older students, but younger students who can read music well and would like to play in a group in which they are exposed more like soloists are welcome to take this class. (9/18/20-11/20/20) F 5-5:50pm Fee: $44.00 (Teacher for this class will be arranged soon.)
Camerata Orchestra: This is our highest level class for which students have to pass an audition. (9/14/20-11/16/20) M 4:30-6:30pm Fee: $140.00 (AUDITION MATERIALS WILL BE SENT OUT IN EARLY AUGUST. VIDEO-RECORDED AUDITIONS WILL BE ELECTRONICALLY SUBMITTED IN THE FIRST WEEK OF SEPTEMBER.) (Mr. Lawless will teach this class with the help of a student teacher.)
Guitar Beginning: This class should be taken by students who have never before played guitar. (9/18/20-11/20/20) F 4-4:50pm Fee: $44.00 (Teacher Theo will be teaching this class.)
Guitar Intermediate: This class should be taken by students who have been playing the guitar for at least one year. (9/14/20-11/16/20) M 6-6:50pm Fee: $50.00 (Teacher Theo will be teaching this class.)
Adult Class (bowed string instruments): (9/18/20-11/20/20) F 6-6:50pm Fee: $44.00 (Teacher for this class will be arranged soon.)
Private Lessons: We encourage all students except those in the Beginning Group to take private lessons with one of our well-trained student teachers. In private lessons, your students will be getting more individualized instruction which will ensure their success. The days and times for private lessons will be arranged between the teacher and the parents/students. Fee: Package of ten 30-min lessons = $100; Package of ten 45-min lessons = $150; Package of ten 60-min lessons = $200
The project, funded by a Faith Gabelnick grant, concluded with a joint concert on April 24.