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Stringed Instruments


Programs in stringed instruments prepare people to master the performance of the violin, viola, cello, and other similar instruments.

In this program students learn:

Stringed instrument programs focus on a specific instrument, including:

Stringed instrument programs can prepare students for graduate-level studies in programs such as:


Many colleges and universities offer bachelor's degree programs. A bachelor's degree usually takes about four years of full-time study.

Most universities offer graduate degrees in stringed instruments. A master's degree typically requires two years of study beyond a bachelor's degree. Doctoral (PhD) degree programs usually require two or more years of study beyond the master's degree.

See schools that offer this program.

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Program Admission

You can prepare for this program by taking courses in high school that prepare you for college. This typically includes four years of English, three years of math, three years of social studies, and two years of science. Some colleges also require two years of a second language.

Nearly all schools require you to audition before you can enter their music programs. Audition requirements vary. Some schools ask you to send in a tape of your performance. Several schools do not allow you to declare the music major until you have completed a certain amount of course work, and ask you to perform live before a jury. In this case, you may also perform with a group.

Below is a list of high school courses that will help prepare you for this program of study:

Graduate Admissions

Admission to graduate programs is competitive. You need a bachelor's degree in music, good grades, good test scores, and strong performance skills.

Additional requirements at some schools include:

Typical Course Work

Program Courses

This undergraduate program typically includes courses in the following subjects:

In addition, you receive instruction in your particular instrument. This usually occurs both individually and in a group setting.

Graduate Program Courses

Graduate course work tends to vary from program to program. However, the outline of a typical graduate curriculum looks like the following:

Things to Know

Not all string musicians can make a living by performing. You may consider combining your music education with other related skills such as teaching, marketing, or administration.

Proficiency in stringed instrument performance requires long hours of practice. Stringed instrument performance majors practice, rehearse, and perform with others in bands, combos, and orchestras. Some give frequent recitals.

Different programs will offer instruction in different instruments. Some programs may offer a focus in guitar where others might only offer course work for violinists, cellists, and bassists.


East Side Area

Central Washington University

Walla Walla University

Washington State University - Pullman

King-Snohomish Area

Cornish College of the Arts

Seattle Pacific University

Seattle University

University of Washington - Seattle

Spokane Area

Gonzaga University

Whitworth University

Tacoma Area

Pacific Lutheran University

University of Puget Sound

Tri-Cities Area

Columbia Basin College