Point Loma String Project: 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.

Spring 2017 String Project begins February 1st!



Registration for the 2016-2017 school year is now open!

Click here to register for the  String Project

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.

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? Wednesdays and Fridays 4:30-5:20 p.m.


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 and Fridays 4:30 - 5:20 p.m. 


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?  Wednesdays and Fridays 4:30-5:20 p.m.

* 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. All classes meet  Wednesdays and Fridays 4:30 - 5:20 p.m. The Spring 2017 calendar is shown above and may also be found here.


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 $375 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.

Please do not buy your instruments online; it is very difficult to determine the quality of an instrument bought this way. Students have had very bad experiences with instruments of such poor quality that they could hardly be played.

For instrument rentals we recommend The Violin Shop and San Diego Violins


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.