String Academy

The mission of the Bowling Green String Academy is to promote the study of orchestral string instruments and to offer class instruction in music to students of all ages.

WHAT ARE THE COURSE OFFERINGS?
The BGSA satisfies the demand for string instruction in south central Kentucky (where public school instruction is not widely available) by offering lessons on violin, viola, cello and bass.

HOW OLD MUST MY CHILD BE BEFORE THEY ARE READY TO STUDY A STRING INSTRUMENT?
There is no “magic” age for all children. However, string instruction is perfect for starting children at a young age. Depending on the individual child’s level of maturity, some children have successfully begun instruction as young as three years old.

WHERE DO I GET AN INSTRUMENT?
Instruments may be rented for a nominal fee and may be returned should the student not continue string study. Some stores have a rent-to-buy policy.

WHY SHOULD MY CHILD STUDY A STRING INSTRUMENT?
Conclusive studies show improved math and language skills for students who participate in music study and performance. String study teaches children self-discipline and self-esteem. String students eventually participate in orchestra where they gain valuable lessons in teamwork and socialization (this is not available to piano students, for example). It is a proven fact that string players are more likely to receive college scholarships than other instrumentalists or vocalists. String study introduces children to the classics of our musical heritage.

WHY SHOULD MY CHILD STUDY AT THE BGSA?
All of our faculty have successfully taught children and adults. All have degrees in music with an emphasis on their instrument (we don’t have trumpet players teaching violin, for example), and all perform professionally. The current faculty boasts a combined teaching experience of 90 years and have performed in such esteemed ensembles as the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the Houston Symphony Orchestra, and the Nashville Symphony Orchestra, to name a few.

HOW MUCH ARE LESSONS AND WHERE ARE LESSONS OFFERED?
Fees are set by each teacher and range from $20 to $30 per thirty-minute lesson.