An Investigation of New String Programs Established in American Schools between 1999 and 2009

Robert Gillespie, Donald L. Hamann

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The purposes of this study were to identify string programs created between 1999 and 2009, compile a profile of those programs, and identify resources and strategies that were used to create them that may serve as a model for establishing future new programs. One hundred-fifty string programs were identified from 33 different states. A survey form to gather data about the programs was created and administered to 132 of the programs. Eighty-two completed the survey for a response rate of 62%. The survey asked questions about the history of the program, its current status, and projected future status. Data revealed that most programs began after one or less than one year of discussion, most often first suggested by local music teachers or superintendent. Those factors considered critical to successful establishment of the program included parent support, administrative support, competent string teaching, and funding. Respondents were willing to found additional programs. They suggested that a how-to manual and outside grant funding would help establish future new programs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)25-38
Number of pages14
JournalString Research Journal
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 1 2010


  • community support
  • curricular development
  • new string programs
  • string development

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Music
  • History


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