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Preparatory String Program

The ISU Preparatory String Program offers 13 lessons per semester.

  • Students age 5 through adult
  • Lessons for 30, 45, or 60 minutes, once a week, scheduled directly with the assigned instructor
  • All lessons online or on ISU campus
  • Instructors consist of ISU music performance and music education majors,  supervised and observed by Dr. Eleanor Christman Cox, director of the program, Dr. Hyeri Choi, violin and viola professor, and Mr. J. Curtis Thompson, instructor of guitar.

For more information please contact:

Dr. Eleanor Christman Cox, director
coxelea@isu.edu
208-282-1423
 

Covid-19 Prevention Plan

Officials at ISU have spent the summer formulating a safety plan and we are coordinating our PSP plan with the university.  There are four facets to the plan.
 
  • All of our rooms have been studied for the safety of different types of activities and numbers of participants during the pandemic.  String lessons will require larger rooms in order to have a minimum of 6 feet of social distance between teacher and student.  This semester there may not be room for parents to sit in on lessons.  
  • All persons visiting campus are required to wear a mask, including parents and students of all ages.  Masks must cover the nose and mouth and fit properly to reduce touching by wearers.  Avoid bringing babies and toddlers, who may not be able to wear a mask properly, into the Fine Arts Building (or any other building on campus). 
  • Between lessons, the air will be filtered and chairs and stands sanitized with CDC-approved wipes.  Teachers will also wipe door handles.  Be assured that our teachers will be trained to execute these steps properly.  
  • Students must wash hands before their lesson according to CDC guidelines--for 20 seconds--and attend to all areas between the wrists and fingertips, including between fingers and under nails. Washing hands upon entering the building is more preventative than using hand sanitizer, unless the bathroom happens to be crowded.  It is even more important this year for students to have nails cut short the day of the lesson.  Students should arrive 3-5 minutes before the lesson in order to execute these steps.  After lessons, students can choose to wash hands or use hand sanitizer, which is posted in a few places throughout the building.

Beginning violin student

Beginner

Beginner string lessons are designed for students with little or no experience on the instrument who want to learn basic skills. They play simple folk songs and stay in first position.

Intermediate violin student

Intermediate

Intermediate string lessons are designed for students who have been playing for a year or more and want to improve their skills. They work on pieces that include some shifting and late intermediate players learn vibrato.

Advanced violin student

Advanced

Advanced string students have been playing for a few years and are comfortable with both shifting and vibrato. They play etudes, sonatas, and concertos.

Tuition Cost for 10 lessons

$182 per semester for 13 30-minute lessons
$273 per semester for 13 45-minute lessons
$364 per semester for 13 60-minute lessons

Please fill out the registration form below. 

Payment is due by 5 p.m. on Friday, September 10, 2021. Pay through the online link (sent directly to you) or deliver/mail cash or check (made out to ISU Preparatory String Program) to Liz Christensen, the Music Department's administrative assistant:  Fine Arts Building, room 205 or Music Department, 921 South 8th Avenue, Stop 8099 Pocatello, ID 83209.

 

Mission Statement

The Idaho State University Preparatory String Program has two purposes:

  1. to provide quality private string instruction to committed students of all ages and levels who do not pursue college credit;
  2. to provide mentored teaching internships for string majors who are pursuing music degrees at Idaho State University.

 

Fall 2021 Schedule:

Week of August 30
Friday, September 10, tuition due by 5 p.m.
Week of September 6
Week of September 13
Week of September 20
Week of September 27
Week of October 4 
Week of October 11
Week of October 18
Week of October 25, make-up lessons OR a week off
Week of November 1
Week of November 8
Week of November 15
Week of November 22, Thanksgiving break
Week of November 29
Week of December 6
Saturday, December 11 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. recitals
 
*All lessons are in-person unless otherwise arranged with the director and instructor.

 

Eleanor Christman Cox

Our Director
Eleanor Christman Cox, DMA

Assistant Lecturer of Cello in the ISU Music Department, where she teaches applied cello and related courses, is a member of the Monarch Trio, is principal cellist of the Idaho State-Civic Symphony, and directs the Preparatory String Program. She performs widely as a chamber and orchestral musician.

 

Dr. Eleanor Christman Cox, director
208-282-1423

Go Tell Aunt Rhody, folk song by Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Going Up the Swing by Kathryn Brid Kinnard

Minuet No. 1 by J.S. Bach

Excerpt of 1st movement of Violin Concerto No. 1, Op. 26 by Max Bruch

Tuition Cost for 13 lessons

$182 per semester for 13 30-minute lessons 
$273 per semester for 13 45-minute lessons
$364 per semester for 13 60-minute lessons

Please fill out the registration form below. 

Payment is due by 5 p.m. on Friday, September 10, 2021. Pay through the online link (sent directly to you) or deliver/mail cash or check (made out to ISU Preparatory String Program) to Liz Christensen, the Music Department's administrative assistant:  Fine Arts Building, room 205 or Music Department, 921 South 8th Avenue, Stop 8099 Pocatello, ID 83209.

 

 

Spring 2021 Schedule:

Week of August 30
Week of September 6
Friday, September 10, tuition due by 5 p.m.
Week of September 13
Week of September 20
Week of September 27
Week of October 4 
Week of October 11
Week of October 18
Week of October 25, make-up lessons OR a week off
Week of November 1
Week of November 8
Week of November 15
Week of November 22, Thanksgiving break
Week of November 29
Week of December 6
Saturday, December 11 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. recitals
 
*All lessons are in-person unless otherwise arranged with the director and instructor.