String Academy

Mimi Zweig

String Academy Program Director

Upcoming Pre-College String Events


More IU String concerts


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

Fall 2017

Registration deadline is August 21, 2017

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:

Summer is over and we are in our first weeks of the the new academic year 2017-18.  Registration deadline was August 21 with private lessons beginning on this day.  All new students, please contact Christina Hightower at  Students who have had previous training outside the String Academy are required to audition. 

All BEGINNER new students must contact contact Christina Hightower at to secure a private teacher.

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. Group classes will begin on Saturday, September 2.


We are welcoming a few new teachers to the String Academy. Our Graduate Assistant for the next years is Flora Navarez.  She will pursue her doctorate  in Music Education. In addition, we are fortunate to have with us Sarah Cranor and Clara Vazquez, both wonderful doctoral students.

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

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".