The Virginia Tech String Project (VTSP) is a non-profit instructional program dedicated to offering affordable string instrument instruction to elementary students while training future string music educators. The goal of the VTSP is to develop a string culture and orchestra program for the New River Valley.
Funding for the project allows the cost of lessons to be affordable for all income ranges. Graduate and undergraduate teachers, under the supervision of Department of Music faculty, give small group and individualized instruction on violin, viola, cello, and string bass.
The project was initially funded by a grant from NAMM, the International Music Products association. It began in September 2007 with 38 third and fourth grade students from virtually every elementary school in Montgomery County, as well as home schooled students. For just $50 these students were able to enroll for two lessons per week for the semester, approximately 24 lessons at about $2 per lesson. In 2010-12 over 80 students from throughout the New River Valley studied strings and performed five concerts on the Virginia Tech campus and at area elementary schools. Returning students continue to receive instruction as new beginning classes are started. The VTSP now includes three orchestras, 1st year, 2nd year, and advanced.
Virginia Tech String Project teachers visit public and community elementary schools during August to demonstrate instruments and recruit students for classes at Virginia Tech. A parent information and “instrument try out” meeting is held during the first week of September in the Squires Recital Salon on the Virginia Tech campus. Classes are offered for 3rd and 4th grade beginning students in the Virginia Tech Department of Music on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 4:45. Call the Department of Music at 540 231 8496 for more information.
The Virginia Tech String Project is supported by the National String Project Consortium, NAMM, The College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, The School of Performing Arts and Cinema, The Department of Music, the New River Valley Friends of the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra, Alan Weinstein and Patricia Raun.