String Academy

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.

String Academy

Spring 2017

Registration Now Available!

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

January 2017

Dear Students and Parents:

Thank you for the wonderful set of 15 solo recitals which rounded off our productive 2016 year. It is always a thrill to hear the progress of each student and to imagine the effort of practicing and lessons that make this possible. 

Registration is open for the Spring Semester and the calendar is updated.  Registration deadline is January 6, 2017. The Violin Virtuosi groups will begin on Saturday, January 14.. Private lessons begin on January 9 and all other groups begin on January 14. Make sure to confirm times and places of your private lessons with your teacher.

It is with sadness that we have said good bye to Asia Doike who has been teaching with us for the past four years. A family matter required her to return to Hawaii. She will be missed.  Sarah Emran is joining us this semester and for the next years.  She has been doing serious teaching in Milwaukee in a thriving program set-up by Elizabeth Zempel, another JSoM alumni. We warmly welcome her to the String Academy family.


Keep in mind the following dates:
Saturday, February 25 at 10 AM - The Intermezzo Concert
April 15 at 3 PM - Peter Stumpf (the very famous cellist and professor at the JSoM) will be performing with the Chamber Orchestra 
Pamela Frank will be with us for master classes at the end of February.  Details to follow.

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

Wishing everyone a Happy New Year and stay warm!

Best wishes,

Mimi Zweig

For the SPRING 2017:
All new students, please contact Christina Hightower at  Students who have had previous training outside the String Academy are required to audition.  Please contact Christina Hightower ( to secure a time.

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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".