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

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

For Our 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 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 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.

Registration Fall 2019

Summer Camp 

2019 Summer Camp information updated.

See sidebar for registration link

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.