String Academy

String Academy

Resources and Links

Mimi Zweig String Pedagogy

String Academy Director Mimi Zweig provides valuable tips for string teachers of all levels, string students, string pedagogy students, and parents!

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Quick Links
Instrument / Bow Rental and Purchase

A well set up instrument is essential for your child's development.  Speak to your private teacher. DO NOT purchase or rent an instrument without the teacher's approval. Correct sizing is essential. Smaller is better than larger!

String Academy Faculty Recommendations:

Stephen Schock
202 E. 3rd Street
Bloomington, IN 47401

Evans Violins
1507 E. 1st Street
Bloomington, IN 47401

Jacobs School of Music Rentals
Ron Sebben ph: 812.855.8720

WH Lee Violin Shop
410 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60601

Bloomington String Instruments

Need a bow? Check out Berg Bows!

William Harris Lee and Company: provides exceptional hand-made student and professional quality instruments.

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Chairs for Cello players

Every cellist needs the proper chair height. At a young age, parents must look for a correct flat bottomed cello chair. Your child's knees must come straight out from the hips and the feet must touch the floor flatly. Shar Products has a "Grow With Me Cello Chair". Parents must bring a cello chair to class and lessons for our younger cellists. Please do not neglect this necessary part of your child's education.

*Please remember: Cellos are large instruments. Find a safe place at home to store the cello when not in use. It should be an easy access place so that your child can be with his/her cello as often as they want. Keep the endpin in when not in use.

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IU String Academy Program Links

The Documented journey of the IU Violin Virtuosi on DVD

circling aroundThe film documentary Circling Around – The Violin Virtuosi documents the journey taken by young violinists from the Indiana University String Academy through the arduous details of lessons and rehearsals, the inspiration of master classes, and the joys and rewards of performing throughout the world. Through interviews with these young violinists insights into home life, sacrifices, friendships, and frustrations are revealed. Musical excerpts from Brahms, Copland, Sarasate and an original soundtrack by Director/Composer, Hideki Isoda (RIAX) bring this film to life.

Summer Program: Summer String Academy

Summer String Academy

For over 27 years, the Indiana University Summer String Academy has offered serious young string players an intensive and varied program under the direction of an outstanding faculty at one of the world's most renowned schools of music.


Summer Program: Retreat for Violin and Viola Teachers

Retreat for Violinists and ViolistsThe Retreat for Violin and Viola Teachers gives professional violinists and violists the opportunity to immerse themselves in private lessons and practicing, and to participate in intensive pedagogy workshops.




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Other Resources
  • Learning a concerto and don't have an orchestra? No problem! IU Informatics professor Christopher Raphael has developed a program called Music Plus One that plays an orchestral accompaniment that *follows* and *learns* from a live player in a concerto setting. Learn more and download Music Plus One now.

  • Need sheet music or accessories?Shar Music is the major mail-order catalog of stringed instrument supplies and sheet music.

  • What else is going on around IU in music these days? Check out the IU Jacobs Event Calendar - a listing of all student, faculty, and guest artist performances at the IU School of Music.

  • Tune in! WFIU - Indiana University's public radio station.

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