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String Project

The String Project is a flagship program that provides affordable, carefully-structured lessons in violin and cello for children in the second-through-eighth grades, taught by the dedicated and talented School of Music undergraduate and graduate teacher trainees.

Our mission is to:

  • Create a partnership by providing accessible string education and mentorship for the community and teaching experience for School of Music students who may be pursuing a career in string education
  • Provide our participants with an opportunity for musical enjoyment and education through the study of stringed instruments
  • Encourage the personal development of our participants by providing them with an outlet for self-expression in a structured environment
  • Encourage student leadership in our participants' school music programs
  • Share our accomplishments within the community, acting as a supplement to the current string programs in the school systems, or as a substitute string program for children who do not have access to a program

The String Project at Sacramento State is administered by master teachers Judy Bossuat and Tim Stanley.

Spring 2021 Schedule

For Students who already play violin, viola, cello: for Spring 2021, String Project will be structured as an all online, all one-on-one lesson format. Your child will be assigned a private teacher from among the Sacramento State Teacher Trainees. Master Teachers Judy Bossuat-Gallic and Timothy Stanley will observe lessons and guide the instruction. Even students who were not previously part of the String Project can participate in these lessons as long as they are not complete beginners. Lessons begin September 14.

For Students grades 3-8 who have never had instruction on a stringed instrument: A new online class, “Preparation for String Playing” - will take the students through a series of activities that will significantly advance the beginning stages of actual string playing. No instrument is necessary. Wednesdays 4:30-5:20 Oct. 21- Dec. 9. (no class 11/25). Taught by Master Teachers Bossuat-Gallic and Stanley with the assistance of the Teacher Trainees. Register as soon as possible! Class begins October 21.

Office Phone: (916) 752-5176.

String Project students

About Our Program

Since 2001, the String Project has been training students and teachers in the joys of playing and teaching stringed instruments. The String Project is a quintessential model of service-learning, allowing both undergraduate and graduate students the chance to learn new skills, think critically, and test their roles as professionals while offering low-cost instruction in stringed instruments to area children of all social strata. Learn more about the String Project via the National String Project Consortium.


String Project students

Project Benefactors

The Sacramento State String Project is made possible through the generous support of The Sacramento State Associated Students (ASI), String Letter Publishing, the Robla School District, Twin Rivers School District and the National String Project Consortium, and various individual donors. The Teichert and Heller Foundations have given support in previous years.

String Project needs your support!
Email Director Andrew Luchansky at:

Or mail contributions to:
Sacramento State School of Music
ATTN: String Project
6000 J Street • MS 6015
Sacramento, CA 95819

Please make your check payable to “Sacramento State String Project”. Any amount helps a child learn!