The NGU/Kroc String Project
The NGU Kroc String Project is a joint effort between North Greenville University (NGU) and Greenville’s Kroc Center. It was created with a vision to increase accessibility for underserved children in the Greenville area to study stringed instruments. With NGU’s campus so far away from the target community, the Kroc Center, with its mission statement and location, was a logical choice to house the program. NGU string students and faculty come to the Kroc Center to teach group classes, private lessons, and conduct the string project orchestras. Classes are open to elementary through high school-aged students as long as they participate in their own school programs and play in the Carolina Youth Symphony or the Greenville County Youth Orchestra.
What is a String Project
A String Project provides practical hands-on training for undergraduate string education majors during their four or five years of college. The program consists of String Project elementary-high school (pre-college) students who participate in three orchestras, four large heterogeneous beginning classes, small homogeneous second year classes, and private lessons, all taught by undergraduate students under the supervision of a Master Teacher, a Graduate Assistant and the Director of the String Project. String Project pre-college students begin in the third or fourth grade. They can continue in the program through the twelfth grade, as long as they participate in their own school programs and play in the Youth Orchestras.
Goals and Objectives
The goal of each project site (established by the American String Teachers Association) is to have 150 elementary-high school students and 9 undergraduate students in the program by the completion of their third year. The NGU/Kroc String Project is modeled after the USC String Project hosted by the University of South Carolina in Columbia. The USC String Project started in 1974 with 41 elementary school students and 6 undergraduate students. By 2000 the USC String Project had 358 elementary through high school students and 30 undergraduate students.
The goals and objectives for the NGU/KROC String Project are to:
- provide opportunity for SC Upstate elementary school-aged children to study string instruments
- reach out to the underserved community in Greenville to ensure that all students have equal opportunity to grow their natural gifts and talents in strings
- help strengthen existing and stimulate the growth of new public school orchestra programs in the SC Upstate
- encourage Upstate string players to become string teachers
- help ASTA alleviate the nationwide string teacher shortage, especially in the SC Upstate
- offer supervised teaching experience for NGU string education majors
NGU Cline School of Music
The Cline School of Music at NGU offers professional degrees in a strong liberal arts setting, with bachelor’s degrees in music education and music performance and a music worship studies program, planned for Fall 2017. In addition, the university offers the Bachelor of Arts in music, a general music program that has a large number of elective courses available to give the student freedom to explore other areas of interest.
As you continue through the program, you will find that the four components of theoretical skills, style recognition, basic keyboard proficiency, and performance proficiency are interrelated, working together to provide the experiences necessary for the development of effective musicians.
The Salvation Army Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community
The NGU/Kroc String Project is hosted by the Greenville Kroc Center, a state of the art facility in downtown Greenville. Greenville’s Kroc Center opened its doors in October of 2011, and is the only center in South Carolina. Their expansive 20-acre facility includes a fitness center, gymnasium, café, dance/exercise studio, event space, 2 pools, child watch, chapel, performance hall and Boys and Girls Club. Just over the Swamp Rabbit Trail, their Tennis Center boasts 8 clay and 8 hard courts with a clubhouse and merchandise center. In keeping with Joan Kroc’s vision, the Kroc Center provides a variety of programs for individuals of all ages and from all walks of life, aimed to strengthen families and enrich the lives of youth, adults and seniors.
North Greenville University’s String Department seeks highly motivated and qualified string music education majors to work as teachers in the NGU/Kroc String Project. Participants receive a stipend and graduate as experienced string teachers, gaining valuable experience from their very first to their final semesters at NGU, learning musical/pedagogical skills, organizational skills, and interpersonal/communication skills.
NGU/Kroc String Project classes are taught at the Salvation Army’s Kroc Center under the supervision of a Master Teacher, a Graduate Assistant, and the Director of the String Project. Participating NGU string music education majors teach first-year large group classes involving all four bowed stringed instruments, second-year smaller classes of one type of bowed stringed instrument, and third year (and later) private lessons. Participants will also conduct first, second, and third-year orchestras.
Eligibility to teach in the NGU/Kroc String Project is dependent on a successful application and audition to NGU’s Cline School of Music as a String Music Education Major. Submit your application to the Cline School of Music online at Music Scholarship Application.
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Dr. Michael Weaver
NGU/Kroc String Project Director | String Program Coordinator
North Greenville University
Cline School of Music