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University of Kentucky String Project

Photograph of String Project students of various grades and backgrounds standing on the Singletary center stage after a year-end performance.

The UKSP provides instrument instruction on violin, viola, cello and bass for children from age 7 and up. The mission of the program is to offer a comprehensive music education which provides instruction in a variety of subjects related to string playing, including technique building, performance, and music theory. Directed by Dr. Tze-Ying Wu, the UKSP also serves as a platform for the UK School of Music students to gain valuable teaching experience.

In order to protect our students from COVID-19, all classes will be conducted remotely via Zoom. Students will need to have devices that allow audio/video conferencing and access to internet.

The UK String Project is a member of the National String Project Consortium, an organization committed to the development and growth of string education across the nation.

Enrollment is limited and is on a first come basis. The UKSP does not provide instruments. Students must obtain their own instruments in order to attend. Please contact the director for rental/purchasing recommendations.

Fall 2020

August 24 - November 14, 2020

Each week (12 sessions) we offer:

  • 30-minute Saturday group classes. Group classes are divided by instruments and levels. Below is a tentative schedule which may change based on enrollment.
    • Violin A (Beginner) - 9-9:30 AM
    • Violin B (Intermediate) - 9:30-10 AM
    • Cello A (Beginner) - 10-10:30 AM
    • Cello B (Intermediate) - 10:30-11 AM
    • Violin C (Intermediate) - 11-11:30 AM
    • Violin D (Advanced) - 11:30-12 PM
    • Viola (Mixed level) - 12-12:30 PM

Bi-weekly (6 sessions) we offer:

  • 30-minute one-on-one private lesson (time arranged between the teacher and the student)
  • 30-minute Monday music theory class with topics including note reading, rhythms, intervals, and musical terminologies and forms. Theory classes are divided by age and the class assignment will be communicated after registration. Below is a tentative schedule which may change based on enrollment.
    • Theory A - 5-5:30 PM
    • Theory B - 5:30-6 PM
    • Theory C - 6-6:30 PM
    • Theory D - 6:30-7 PM
  • Classes alternate each week to form the bi-weekly schedule.

Additional class offerings and activities include:

  • Parent Orientation, August 22 (SAT) at 10 AM : This session offers a detailed explanation on program structure, teaches parents how to tune the instrument, and provides tips on how to practice with your children at home
  • Ice Cream and YouTube Party, October 3 (SAT) at 3 PM: We hang out on Zoom eating our favorite ice cream (sorry, ice cream not provided) and watching your submissions for favorite musical online videos. String music is preferred but exceptions can be made. We will also announce the winners of our 30-day practice challenge at this event.
  • Group Project Recital, Oct 24 (SAT) at 5 PM: Selected students will be paired in small groups to record ensemble pieces and present in this recital.
  • Final Virtual Recital, November 14 (SAT) at 5 PM: The final recital given by all students to conclude the semester.


  • Dr. Tze-Ying Wu, violin/viola
    Assistant Professor of Viola and String Education of University of Kentucky and director of UK String Project
    Email: Tzeying.wu@uky.edu
  • Ethan Young, cello
    Cello instructor at UK String Project and Adjunct Cello Instructor at Henderson State University
    Email: ethanyoung0315@gmail.com

The project fee covers all activities throughout the session and is non-refundable. The UK String Project offers three payment levels. Please pay what you can afford among the options below.

  • Reduced: $95
  • Regular: $125
  • Regular with extra support: $175

Registration Deadline: August 17, 2020

Please contact Dr. Tze-Ying Wu for any questions.