Point Loma String Project

A student teaches children violin through the Point Loma 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 biweekly group classes under the direction of music faculty member 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.

The purpose 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.

Parent Information

Are you a parent who's interested in registering your child for lessons through the Point Loma String Project? 

Register online for the 201718 school year!

Program Policy

Where Would I Fit?

Beginners

Never touched 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

Beginner classes meet Wednesdays and Fridays from 4:30  5:20 p.m.

Intermediate

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, and G major scales)
  • Demonstrate correct position while resting and playing
  • Sight read a short piece (including clapping the rhythm and naming the notes)
  • Accurately recognize and execute dynamics and bow direction

Intermediate classes meet Wednesdays and Fridays from 4:30 5:20 p.m.

*If you are new to the string project and believe your student may be able to start in the intermediate class, please email pointlomastringproject@gmail.com to schedule an assessment.

Advanced

To move to the advanced class, a student must:

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

Advanced classes meet Wednesdays and Fridays from 4:30  5:20 p.m.

*If you are new to the string project and believe your student may be able to start in the advanced class, please email pointlomastringproject@gmail.com to schedule an assessment.

The Details

When does the program run?

The string project classes line up with the PLNU calendar, beginning in late September, taking a break for Christmas, and ending in May. All classes meet Wednesdays and Fridays from 4:30 – 5:20 p.m.

Registration

Registration is open to all students age seven and older. We are unable to accept students after classes start.

Cost

The cost of this program is $375 for the academic year. This covers teacher stipend and program costs.

Instruments

Each student is required to bring his/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.