The South Georgia String Project offers an after-school music program where children can easily access low-cost stringed instrument instruction while providing mentored teaching experience for music students at Valdosta State University. The South Georgia String Project, led by Director and Master Teacher Lauren Burns, is a joint venture of the Valdosta Symphony Orchestra and the Department of Music at Valdosta State University.
- Group class for students with no previous string-playing experience
- Students must rent or purchase a violin, viola, cello or bass
- We have school instruments available for students in financial need (viola, cello, or bass)
- MW 5:30-6:30 pm in FA 156
- Second semester class for beginners from Fall 2012.
- Continuing students with more than 6 absences must repeat Explorers A rather than progress to Explorers B.
- Meets MW 4:30 – 5:30 pm in FA 150
- Allegro Strings meets W 5:30-6:30 in FA 150
- Concert Strings meets M 5:30-6:30 in FA 150
- Students are assigned to “pod” classes and/or take private lessons for the other weekly meeting
- Private Lessons are
available and strongly encouraged
- Apprentices (underclassmen) offer lessons at the $8 per hour rate.
- Student Assistants (upperclassmen) offer lessons for $15 per 30-minute session ($60 per month).
- Students in financial need may complete the aid form and request free lessons with an apprentice or reduced rate ($10 per 30 min) with a student assistant.
Symphony Youth Orchestra (VSYO)
- Full orchestra for advanced string, wind, brass and percussion students: placement by audition.
- Also open to VSU students and community adults
- Participating students must also play in their public school ensembles, if available.
- Meets M 6:30-7:30 pm with Matthew Mainella, conductor