Mimi Zweig

String Academy Program Director

Upcoming Pre-College String Events


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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.

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

September 2015

Dear Students and Parents:

We have just completed the Summer String Academy that brought together students and faculty from around the world - France, Italy, Austria, Holland, Mexico, Israel, Venezuela, Colombia, Singapore, Japan, Korea, and of course from all over the US. It was inspiring for all! 

We are now looking ahead to the Spring Semester of 2016.  This coming semester will be filled with new adventures but most importantly with lessons, concerts, attending concerts and guest master classes, and not to be forgotten…..practicing!

All new students, please contact Christina Hightower at

Beginners may go online to register (  Students who have had previous training outside the String Academy are required to audition on tbd.  Please contact Christina Hightower to secure a time.

We bid farewell to Jenna Barghouti and Liz Dinwiddie.  Jenna is off to Houston where she will be a member of the Houston Symphony and working in a community outreach program. Liz has taken a wonderful position in Charleston, SC at the Ashley Hall School.  Both will be missed. 

Please remember to take advantage of living in Bloomington with its annual 1,200 concerts.  Go to the Prelude online at

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Private lessons begin January 11 with groups beginning January 16. Looking forward to another semester of beautiful music making!

Best wishes,

Mimi Zweig

Registration is available at

Reminders: Please confirm your private lesson time with your teacher for the Fall Semester 2015. For questions regarding the registration process you may also contact Michele Stebbins at

New students may contact Christina Hightower at 

CELLO OPENINGS are AVAILABLE.  Please contact Susan Moses at Susan Moses and Helen Ford are the "dream-team" cello faculty!

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Remember to check the IU Prelude for a listing of the many wonderful concerts that take place in our school.

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.

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