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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What grades can participate in String Project? Students can begin in 3rd grade and continue until they graduate high school.
  • When is beginning/orientation parent meeting? The orientation/beginning parent meeting is Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. at Cadek Hall located on the UTC campus.
  • What is the schedule for 2014-2015 String Project? Please refer to the handbook for beginning/end dates, class schedule, concerts, etc…
  • What instruments are taught in String Project? The four orchestral string instruments, VIOLIN, VIOLA, CELLO, and STRING BASS are the only instruments offered for String Project.
  • Does my child get to choose which instrument he/she wants to learn?
  • Your child gets to learn whichever instrument he/she prefers.
  • My child didn’t start learning their violin, viola, cello or string at String Project and/or they know how to play a different instrument (piano, flute, guitar, etc…) and want to learn one of the string instruments we offer. Can they still participate in String Project? Yes! For students that play a violin, viola, cello, or bass: we accept students of any ability level and place them in the appropriate level based on their experience. If your child plays an instrument other than the four we offer, he/she will need to be in the beginner string class.
  • Do you teach a certain method, such as Suzuki in String Project? We use a variety of methods to teach students. Students will learn how to play many different styles/types of music. The book we use is Essential Elements for Strings book 1 for beginners and Essential Elements book 2 for second year students. You can find these books at a local music store or online.
  • My child is a member of a school orchestra. Will this program be beneficial? Yes! Many school string teachers around the area send their students. String Project provides another opportunity for students to really polish note reading, technique, playing in a group, and learning from different teachers. Having the opportunity to receive private lessons during the second year and above is a very economical advantage.
  • My child is home-schooled. Is he/she eligible to participate in String Project? Yes! We have many home-schooled students.
  • My child does not live and/or do not attend Hamilton County Schools. Is he/she eligible to participate in String Project? Yes! However, we follow the Hamilton County School Schedule for closings/breaks/holidays. Please refer to the handbook.
  • My child has a violin, viola, cello, or bass. Can he/she use their instrument? Yes, with the teachers approval. It must be the correct size and in good working condition.
  • How do I register my child for String Project? To register and pay for string project, you must contact UTC Continuing Education Department at 423-425-4344.
  • When can I register? See Continuing Education Department website.
  • Does my child need to know how to read music? We will be teaching beginning students how to read music throughout the year. Second year students should be able to read music.
  • Where is the best place to park? Please park in Lot 12, the parking garage behind Cadek Conservatory of Music. There is not charge after 5:00 p.m. Do not park in spaces reserved for Cadek Conservatory, Visitors or WUTC-FM or you will receive a ticket.
  • Where are classes held? Classes are held in room 310 of Cadek Hall on the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga campus, 725 Oak Street.
  • What time/days are classes? Mondays and Wednesdays, 6:00-7:00 p.m.
  • When can my child take private lessons offered through String Project? Your child can take advantage of private lessons offered through String Project when he/she begins the second year of classes. You will be able to schedule a mutually convenient time with an intern for weekly classes. If you have to miss a lesson, a makeup lesson will only be offered if you give the intern 24 hour notice. If there is an emergency, the makeup will be determined on a case by case basis.
  • Are there any other requirements for participating in String Project? If your child is in a school that has an orchestra program, he/she must participate. Please follow the attendance guidelines in the Handbook.
  • Will my child be videotaped/photographed? Your students may be videotaped or photographed for publicity or research purposes. No names will be used.
  • How can my child rent an instrument from UTC?


  1. UTC has a very limited number of rental instruments. UTC Instruments will be rented as follows.
  2. Register with UTC Continuing Education Department (423-425-4344,
  3. Your name, contact information, and preferred instrument will be put on a list in the order that you registered. Continuing Education will give this list to me.
  4. You will find out if you will be able to rent a UTC instrument at the parent meeting on September 3, 2014. We will not be able to tell you beforehand on the phone or through email.
  • If I do not get to rent a UTC instrument from UTC, where can I rent one?

Local Stores:

Mountain Music
1467 Market St #106 Chattanooga, 37402
(423) 875-5250

Giant Steps
3841 Hixson Pike Chattanooga, 37415
(423) 875-4179

The following stores will ship instruments to you:

Williams Fine Violins
1218 17th Ave S Nashville, TN 37212
(888) 791-4208

Fiddles N Sticks
669 North Ave. Winder, GA 30680