Department of Music

Auburn University Music Project

UPDATE: Classes for Fall 2017 will begin on Tuesday September 12 for 1st year students and Thursday September 14 for 2nd/3rd year students. An information night for new students & parents will take place at 6:30pm on Tuesday August 29 in Stephenson Hall in the Goodwin Music Building.

The Auburn University Music Project program aims to provide private and beginner group lessons on string instruments to local students as well as practical hands-on training for Auburn University music and music education undergraduates.

The AU Music Project will offer its first beginner group classes in the fall of 2015 and over the next few years, will offer additional group classes as well as private lessons and chamber music classes. Students with string playing experience may join one of the beginner group classes and/or take private lessons when space is available. More advanced students are encouraged to audition for one of the Auburn University Youth Orchestra ensembles.

All beginner group classes will take place at the Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center located at 222 East Drake Avenue. Each semester consists of a minimum of 12 weeks of instruction and follows the Auburn University academic calendar.

An important aspect of the program is an affordable fee to make the program available to students who might not otherwise have the opportunity to learn a string instrument. A limited number of partial financial scholarships are available based on financial need.

As part of our commitment to string education, the majority of our lessons and group classes will be taught by undergraduate music and music education majors under the supervision of Auburn University Music Project director, Dr. Guy Harrison. Undergraduate students will have the opportunity to learn new skills and test their roles as professionals in a supervised environment.

Please note: Students in the AU Music Project must enroll in their school orchestra program if one exists when they reach the appropriate age for membership.

Students must be present at all scheduled lessons and orchestra rehearsals.

For more information about the AU Music Project or Auburn University Youth Orchestras please contact Dr. Guy Harrison at 334-844-8192 or

Classes for children (beginners start in fall only) 

Beginning classes for children take place twice a week (beginning in the fall and continuing into the spring). Each 12-week semester follows the university’s academic calendar. Students must provide their own instruments or rent them for the duration of the program. An information night for parents and students will be held in the fall at the Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center. Representatives from an approved instrument rental company will also be on hand to demonstrate the different string instruments, measure students for the correctly sized instrument and to answer any questions parents might have regarding instrument rentals and/or purchases.

1st Year

Beginning students in the AU Music Project meet twice a week in a large group class. During their first year, students learn the basics of string playing in a class of approximately 25 students taught by an AU faculty member and several undergraduate assistants. Beginning students do not need to be able to read music; we will teach them throughout the year. 

Tuition: $100 per semester + book (+ instrument rental if necessary)

Day & Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30 – 5:00p.m.

Dates: Tuesday September 12 – Thursday December 7

Concert Date/Time: Thursday December 7 @ 7:00pm

2nd/3rd Year  

In their 2nd year students will meet twice each week, once with their group class (Thursdays) and once with their AU Student Teacher for a 1-on-1 30-minute lesson. Individual lessons will take place on the AU Campus at a mutually agreeable time determined by the parent and teacher.

Tuition: $100 per semester + book (+ instrument rental if necessary)

Days & Time: Group Class on Thursdays from 5:00-6:30pm; Individual Lessons at scheduled day/time.

Dates: Thursday September 14 – Thursday December 7

Concert Date/Time: Thursday December 7 @ 7:00pm

Performance Opportunities

Students participating in the AU Music Project have a variety of performance opportunities:

Year 1 students give an “Informance” in December, performing for their parents and demonstrating the skills they have acquired to that point. Group class performances for 2nd & 3rd year students will also be scheduled for early December.

Students in Year 3 and members of any of the Tiger Strings ensembles will have the opportunity to participate in master classes designed to give students a performance opportunity with a guest artist and obtain immediate feedback.

In April to early May, students taking private lessons will perform in studio and/or solo recitals.

In May, all beginner group classes will perform a year-end concert in Auburn University’s Telfair B. Peet Theatre or another community venue.

+ Prices are subject to change for the start of each academic year



Last Updated: September 05, 2017