The String Project at Wayne State University is a laboratory school for string playing, where undergraduate string majors grow into excellent teachers and Detroit-area children receive high-quality, affordable instruction in violin, viola, cello or bass. String Project@Wayne will enter its fifth year thus fall; the program was named "2011 String Project of the Year" by the American String Teachers Association.
Adapted from successful String Project models at universities all over the country, the program provides teaching interns with up to three years of intensive practical training and supervision, significantly increasing their potential for success as professional teachers.
At the same time, in an urban area where school arts programs are disappearing, the Project is a resource for children and a point of hope for the future. We have faith that string education can flourish in our community and in our schools with teamwork, advocacy and grassroots support.
The String Project shares space and resources with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra's Power of Dreams string education initiative. We are also working with Shar Products Company, who provide convenient on-campus instrument rentals and maintenance for String Project students.
String Project @ Wayne is a member of the National String Project Consortium. We are supported in part by grants from the NAMM Foundation, the D'Addario Foundation, and WSU's Office of the Vice President for Research.