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Grant Opportunity: Undergraduate Music Education Majors String Project Program

Undergraduate Music Education Majors String Project Program
National String Project Consortium


Deadline: 11-18-2011


The National String Project Consortium (NSPC) is dedicated to increasing the number of children playing stringed instruments, and addressing the critical shortage of string teachers in the US. It does this by supporting the creation and growth of String Projects at universities across the country. These String Projects provide practical hands-on training for undergraduate string education majors during their college years, and give children the opportunity to study a stringed instrument.


The String Projects provide practical hands-on training for prospective teachers during their college years. As a result, the undergraduates who teach in these programs gain valuable experience prior to taking a job. These programs also attract string players to the teaching profession by giving them stipends for teaching in the program. As a result of this experience while in college, music education majors often discover whether they enjoy teaching before actually entering the field; those that find that they do not want to make it their career may decide to change their majors before getting their first job. On the other hand, performance majors at colleges often discover their love of teaching children as a result of their positive experiences in a String Project.


The full-time student teachers in the program work for 6 hours/week, although their load is considered to be 10 hours/week. The additional hours are calculated to include time spent in the beginning of the semester in recruiting, and at the end of the semester in putting together studio recitals, the large ensemble concert and doing paperwork. Full-time student teachers receive $1600 per year, or over $9.00 per hour for their teaching. First-year teachers usually work half-time while they are becoming acquainted with the program, so that they are not overloaded during their freshman year at college. They receive $800 per year, working for 3 hours/week (although their load is similarly calculated as 5 hours/week).


Contact: Robert Jesselson
Phone: 803-777-2033
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