String Academy

Mimi Zweig

String Academy Program Director

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New Payment Policy

The String Academy faculty is no longer allowed to continue lessons if full payment is not received by the end of the second week of the semester.  To avoid any uncomfortable situations, there is a deadline on the registration form that indicates when payment is expected.  If there are questions regarding payment options, please contact Christina Hightower at or at 812-856-1523.

String Academy

SPRING SEMESTER 2018! (Even though we are freezing)

Dear Parents and Students:

THE Spring Semester is ready to begin with private lessons on January 8, 2018 and the Group Classes on January 16. All new BEGINNER students must contact contact Christina Hightower at to secure a private teacher.  Students who have had previous training outside the String Academy are required to audition and must contact Christina Hightower to set an audition appointment.

Students are enrolled in private lessons and group classes.  Students in Book I will be assigned a university student enrolled in the JSoM Pedagogy Class for an extra weekly private lesson. The extra lessons will be assigned by week three of the semester.

The last few weeks have been filled with great news regarding String Academy students and competitions.  CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL!
Wesley Wong, student of Gwen Chan, winner of the Philharmonic Orchestra New World Symphony 
Ethan Murphy, student of Susan Moses, winner of the Junior Division New World Symphony and 2nd prize Muncie Jurnion Symphony
Phillip Hammonds, student of Brenda Brenner, winner of the Bloomington Symphony and finalist in the Sphinx Competition
William Mayhew, student of Brenda Brenner, Honorable Mention in Carmel Symphony
Abby Ko, student of Mimi Zweig, winner of the Regional MTNA Competition and 1st place Muncie JR Symphony
Maya Kilburn, student of Mimi Zweig, winner of Rising Starts, 2nd place Carmel Symphony, 3rd place New World, honorable mention Muncie Symphony and Finalist Johansen Competition
Mishael Paraiso, student of Mimi Zweig, winner of the Fort Wayne Youth Orchestra Competition

High points of Spring Semester 2018:

January 27:  Master Class with Jonathan Swartz 9 to 11 in MA07
March 1:  Master Class with Vadim Gluzman 4 to 6 
March 24:  Master Class with Pamela Frank 9 to 12
May 19:  Gala Spring Concerts 
     Violins:  Auer Hall 2:15
     Celli:  Recital Hall  3:45


We will be adding exciting things to the calendar as the year unfolds so stay tuned.

As usual, keep your eye on the JSoM Prelude to keep informed regarding the many concerts at the JSoM.

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For questions regarding the registration process you may also contact Michele Stebbins at

Best wishes,

Mimi Zweig

The website STRINGPEDAGOGY.COM is now open to all.  This website is a big help for students and parents of all levels. Go to:



JSoM Virtuosi performing at ESCUELA ANACLETO GIL  and

Dear Students and Parents:

All About the String Academy

The String Academy is open to children ages 5 -18 who wish to study the violin and cello through a curriculum that includes private and group lessons, theory and master classes, chamber music, and performance opportunities. Instruction is based upon the methods and philosophies of Mimi Zweig, Suzuki, and Paul Rolland. Beginning students participate weekly in both a private and group lesson. Parents are urged to support and encourage the students at private and group lessons and in daily practice.

The special training, experience and expertise of the outstanding faculty in the musical education of young people results in students playing with technical ease and musical sensitivity. The first years of music instruction are the most important, for they set the stage for everything that follows. Whether a child develops into a professional musician or an amateur, the skills of concentration and the joy and love for music will remain forever.

Please download the String Academy Handbook [PDF] for guidelines and detailed information about the String Academy. Adobe Acrobat is free and can be downloaded here.

For information about the Indiana University Violin Virtuosi Documentary, go to "Circling Around - The Violin Virtuosi".