Strings Project Grant

School of Music receives $10,000 grant to establish new string project

Redlands, CA (August 16, 2011)— The University of Redlands, through the support of the National String Project Consortium, has been awarded a $10,000 grant from the Clarence E. Heller Foundation to establish a string project in the School of Music.

Through the string project, University of Redlands music majors under the supervision of a master teacher will teach group and private lessons to beginning orchestra students who play violin, viola, cello or bass. The project aims to provide college string majors with teaching experience and prepare them for private or public school teaching while promoting the talents of pre-college string students.

The University of Redlands string project begins in September with two classes of 15 beginner players and will be modeled on the highly successful string project at the University of South Carolina, which has trained teachers, nurtured young students, engendered the creation of public school programs in the area and fostered a university-public school partnership for over 32 years.

Beginning students who play the violin, viola and cello in fourth through sixth grades, plus students in the sixth grade who are switching from the violin to either cello or viola are eligible to participate in the first class at the University of Redlands.

Applications will be distributed in school music programs in August and classes will begin on Sept. 13. Classes are scheduled to meet Tuesdays and Thursdays at 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. at the University.

The string project provides practical hands-on training for undergraduate string majors during their four years of college. Starting with two first year classes in the fall of 2011, the University of Redlands program is expected to grow over five years to include three orchestras, four large heterogeneous beginning classes, small homogeneous second year classes, private lessons, chamber music and theory classes, all taught by undergraduate students under the supervision of a master teacher, a graduate assistant and the director of the string project.

Participants in the University’s string project are charged low fees to allow economically disadvantaged children to enroll. First year students are charged $35 per semester for the classes.

“In such tough economic times, the National String Project will be a real boost for music education in the Redlands community. By connecting the faculty and students of the School of Music with the young musicians in the public schools we can support and enhance both programs in a sustained and meaningful manner. We need to thank the NPSC and the Heller Foundation for making this a reality,” said Andrew Glendening, dean of the School of Music.

University of Redlands Artist Teacher of Cello and Redlands Symphony Orchestra Principal Cellist Kyle Champion will serve as the director of the string project; Redlands Unified Schools Music Teacher Becky Long will be the master teacher.

For more information contact the School of Music at (909) 748-8700.

Media contact: Contact the Office of Public Relations by calling 909-748-8070 or by emailing  

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