New Orleans String Project
The mission of the New Orleans String Project is to enrich the lives of youth in our community by providing access to high-quality stringed instruments (violin, viola, cello and bass) and high-skilled instruction to inner-city New Orleans children. A major focus of the New Orleans String Project is the importance of early music education to improve children’s concentration, discipline, self-esteem, confidence and cooperative skills. In addition to the many documented benefits musical experiences and knowledge offer a growing child, once students in the program learn to overcome the challenges of playing a stringed instrument, they more readily envision success in other areas of their lives.
The New Orleans String Project offers tuition-free, after-school lessons for children, ages six through 14, in violin, viola, cello and bass. The 28-week, school-year program and two-week long summer intensive include many outreach performances. Instruction takes place in small groups of three to six students each, and the classes come together for several outreach concerts annually. New Orleans String Project students meet weekly throughout the academic year and each student receives 45-minute lesson in small classes divided by skill level and instrument and taught by qualified music educators. A small student-teacher ratio and a strict attendance and make-up policy promote skill development and the retention of musical knowledge.