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Missouri String Project

Contact
Leslie Perna
, Professor of Viola
Director, Missouri String Project
259 Fine Arts Building
Columbia, Missouri 65211-6120
phone: 573-882-2748 fax: 573-884-7444
email: mostring@missouri.edu

click here to enroll via online application

pdf downloads:
Fall Open House information | MSP Application

For further information about all of the
School of Music’s community programs, please contact Jonathan Kuuskoski, Director of
Entrepreneurship and Community Programs
140 Fine Arts Building
Columbia, MO 65211-6120
phone: 573-882-2605 fax: 573-884-7444
email: KuuskoskiJ@missouri.edu

3/3/14 - MSP is not in session today due to the Columbia Public Schools not being in session.

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.

Classes

Monday Classes • 4:10-5:00
Feb. 3, 10, 17, 24, Mar. 3, 10, 17, 31, Apr. 7, 14, 21, 28, May 6

Wednesday Classes • 4:10-5:00
Feb. 5, 12, 19, 26, Mar. 5, 12, 19, Apr. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, May 7

Friday String Orchestra • 5:10-6:00
Feb. 7, 14, 21, 28, Mar. 7, 14, Apr. 4, 11, 18, 25, May 2, 9

All Group lessons take place in the Fine Arts Building.
Violins, 145 & 146; Violas 148; Cellos 134

String Orchestra takes place in Loeb Hall
All Orchestra classes take place in Loeb Hall, room 201

Free parking is available behind the Fine Arts Annex (lot WC-6) on Mondays and Wednesdays, and beside Loeb Hall on Fridays

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.

 

Supplies Needed

  1. Your own rented/purchased instrument.  Renting an instrument for use in the MSP is the responsibility of each individual student and parent.  You may rent/buy your instrument and music from whomever you choose.  However, a representative from Instrumental Influence, a local music store, will be at the Open House for your convenience, and will be happy to service your rental/purchase needs at a competitive rate.
  2. Lesson book "Essential Elements Book 1,” available at Open House
  3. Music Stand, available at Open House
  4. Shoulder rest for violinists and violists, which can be purchased from the music store or through MSP.
  5. Lesson notebook and pencil, for teacher assignments and note-taking

Fees

$180 per semester*, due the first Friday class.

Checks, made payable to the Missouri String Project, or cash are accepted.  The MSP enrollment form and your payment will reserve a place for your child in the MSP.  Therefore, this fee is non-refundable.

*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 mostring@missouri.edu.

Missouri String Project orchestra