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The educational philosophy of the Preparatory String Department is rooted in the belief that young musicians can best develop their artistic potential in a supportive, non-judgmental and motivating musical environment. We are committed to helping our students develop a solid technical and musical foundation at every level as they develop the discipline and love for music. We provide comprehensive training for gifted young artists preparing for a career in music as well as offering lessons to those for whom music enriches their main pursuits. We aim to support each child’s unique path and our hope is that all our students will derive meaning from their relationship with music throughout their lives.

String students at Peabody benefit not only from the quality of their private instruction, but also from their exposure to many faculty and guest artists in a variety of classes, ensembles and special events. The interaction of our outstanding faculty in developing a creative, dynamic, and supportive learning environment provides a unique setting for all our students.

All students, regardless of age or level, are expected to show a commitment to their studies by practicing daily at home, attending concerts, and participating in ensembles or classes as recommended by their teachers. Those who fully participate in the musical offerings at Peabody will reap the rewards of this rich learning community.

  • Please see the Preparatory Catalog for current class schedules and placement and audition information for all lessons and classes
  • Please see the "Prep String Offerings" page for a table listing our offerings, including approximate ages and levels
  • Please see the links to the left for more information on specific Prep String classes and ensembles
  • Beginners and Suzuki students join our Young People's String Program
  • Fiddlers Four is occasionally offered for 4-5 year old beginning violinsits
  • Advanced and Upper Intermediate students - The Chair or Coordinator will offer guidance to new students with regard to auditioning for Peabody ensembles and programs
  • Advanced and highly committed string players may audition for the Performance Academy for Strings.
  • The Pre-Conservatory Violin Program serves the most advanced and serious violinists at the Prep


Master Class with Anna Elashvili of the Bryant Park Quartet
Haena-Young Lee, Zoe Kempf-Harris, Megan Rabe
Feb. 2. 2013



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