Missouri String Project
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The Missouri String Project has been a part of the Columbia community since 1973. The Project has a two-fold mission – to prepare University music students for their future as public school and private teachers, and to introduce 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students to music by giving them the opportunity to study the violin, viola or cello. MU music education and performance majors serve as teachers, and receive instruction and guidance from MU viola professor Leslie Perna, the Director of the MSP. Young students are provided instruction through group lessons and string chamber orchestra rehearsals, and perform their own concerts each semester. These students benefit from inexpensive yet extensive instruction from excited and energetic teachers, while teachers who participate get invaluable hands-on teaching experience in a supervised atmosphere of learning before they graduate to jobs in the public schools or begin their own private teaching studios. Dozens of teachers from the project have found the experience invaluable as they pursue a career in teaching, as well as in their day to day professional lives. Hundreds of young students have begun their musical lives with the MSP, and many still play today.
Fall 2014 Open Houses:
Fall 2014 Session Schedule:
3rd year MSP students (5th graders) should enroll with the MYO Junior Strings. 3rd year students will participate in Wednesday MSP group classes from 5:10-6:00, and their large orchestra rehearsal will take place with the MYO Junior Strings on Sundays from 2:00-3:00pm. You will only need to pay once ($180 covers both enrollments).
All Group lessons take place in the Fine Arts Building.
String Orchestra takes place in Loeb Hall
2014 MSP Fall Concert: Sunday, December 14 at 3:00 PM, Whitmore Recital Hall
2015 MSP Spring Concert: May 10 at 3:00 PM, Whitmore Recital Hall (subject to change)
Parking: Lot WC-6 behind Fine Arts Annex is available for free parking after 3PM Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Paid parking (enforced 24/7) is available on Levels 4, 5, and 6 of Hitt Street Garage. Both are walking distance to Fine Arts Building. Lot RC-9, beside Loeb Hall, has unmetered spots available after 5PM Mondays-Fridays, and metered spots enforced until 5PM Mondays-Fridays. Metered street parking is also available on Hitt Street, University Avenue, and Elm Street, and those spots are enforced Monday through Saturday until 6PM through 2014, and until 7PM starting January, 1 2015.
Missouri String Project Inclement Weather Policy: In the event of inclement weather, the Missouri String Project follows the Columbia Public Schools. For example, on dates where Columbia Public Schools are closed the Missouri String Project will not hold rehearsals. All parents will be notified by email of any scheduling changes due to inclement weather.
$180 per semester*, due the first Friday class.
Please make checks payable to MU School of Music and send to:
Credit Cards: The MSP is now accepting credit card payments in person at the Community Programs office (140 Fine Arts Building) or over the phone at 573-882-2605
*We keep our costs very low, and are able to offer an outstanding fee. Students receive 1 group class and 1 orchestra class per week, plus the final concert and possible private lessons for this one low fee. The Missouri String Project is self-supporting, and this fee pays our hard-working teachers.
We'd like to hear from you! If you have any questions, please contact us by calling 884-4939 or emailing email@example.com.
Last modified: 17-Mar-2015