Point Loma String Project

The mission of the Point Loma String Project is to provide a real-life teaching laboratory where PLNU string students are trained as effective string teachers and young San Diegans are trained as proficient string players.

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The Point Loma String Project is a three-level string program that mentors university students as they teach local elementary students. Through this program, experienced college level string players teach bi-weekly group classes under the direction of music faculty, Dr. Phil Tyler. Students of the string project will gain a practical foundation for their string instrument of choice (violin, viola, or cello), learn the basic principles of music theory, and gain an appreciation of music. The string instructors in turn gain valuable experience, confidence, and skills and will enjoy a distinct advantage in the job market upon graduation.


Click here   2014-2015 Calendar


Where Would I Fit?


Never touches the instrument before or picking it up again after a long time? This is the place for you! The beginning class will go over:

  • How to hold and play your instrument
  • How to identify and play with accuracy, different note types, the notes on the staff, and fingering on the instrument

When do they meet? Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:00 to 4:50pm.


To move to the intermediate class a student must:

  • Name the parts of his/her instrument
  • Be able to play basic scales (A, E, D, & G Major Scales)
  •  Demonstrate correct position while resting and playing
  • Sight read a short piece (this includes clapping the rhythm and naming the notes)
  • Accurately recognize and execute dynamics and bow direction

When do they meet? Wednesdays 4:30 - 5:20pm and Thursays 4:00 - 4:50pm 


To move to the advanced class a student must:

  • Sight read a short piece in a time signature other than 4/4 (this includes clapping the rhythm and naming the notes with sharps and flats)
  • Identify given key signatures and explain their impact on the music and finger position
  • Demonstrate ability to play with another part

When do they meet? Tuesdays 4:00 - 4:50pm and Friday from 4:30 - 5:20pm

*if you are new to the String Project and believe that your student may be able to start in either the intermediate or advanced class, please email pointlomastringproject@gmail.com to schedule an assessment

The Details

When does this program run?

The string project classes line up the Point Loma Nazarene University Calendar, beginning in late September, taking a break for Christmas, and ending in May. Please see the calendar (link at top of page) for dates. The beginning class meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:00 - 4:50pm, the intermediate class meets Wednesdays 4:30 - 5:20pm and Thursdays 4:00 - 4:50pm, and the advanced class meets Tuesdays 4:00 - 4:50pm and Fridays 4:30 - 5:20pm


Registration is open to all students ages 7 years and older. We are unable to accept students after classes start .


The cost of this program is $350 for the academic year. This covers teacher stipend and program costs.


Each student is required to bring his or her own instrument (violin, viola, and cello) to every class. This program does not currently provide instruments.

For any questions you may have, or for additional information about this program, please email pointlomastringproject@gmail.com

Point Loma String Project, a member of the National String Project Consortium, is modeled after the pioneering string project at the University of South Carolina. 

Point Loma String Project on YouTube

See and hear Point Loma String Project students on YouTube!