About the KSU String Project

The Kennesaw State University String Project is an initiative that began in the Fall of 2012, and is currently under the direction of Christopher Thibdeau. The program, a member of the National String Project Consortium, is sponsored by the KSU School of Music and provides an opportunity for 4th and 5th grade students (as of the 2014-2015 academic year) to receive instruction on the violin, viola, cello, or double bass. In addition, the String Project provides KSU’s undergraduate music education students the opportunity to gain valuable hands-on teaching experience under the supervision of a master teacher and their university professor.

In 2014, the KSU String Project moved off campus to Pitner Elementary School in Acworth, Georgia.  That same year the KSU String Project received a $10,000 grant from the D’Addario Foundation and the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) and hired current master, Susan Brown.

Most recently in August 2015 the String Project expanded to an additional host site at the Marietta Center for Advanced Academics, a 3-5 magnet school in the Marietta City Schools.  The KSU String Project now serves nearly 110 students and with 14 KSU String Education majors gaining experience as teachers and teacher assistants.

About the National String Project Consortium

The National String Project Consortium (NSPC) is a coalition of String Project sites based at colleges and universities across the United States. The NSPC is dedicated to increasing the number of children playing stringed instruments and addressing the critical shortage of string teachers in the US. The NSPC is affiliated with businesses, foundations, professional music organizations, and individuals who support these goals.

The NSPC supports 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 Consortium was originally formed in 1998 under the auspices of the American String Teachers Association (ASTA). It is now an independent non-profit organization working together with ASTA and other music organizations to serve string education and string development across the United States.