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Preparatory String Program

The ISU Preparatory String Program offers 13 lessons per semester.

  • Students age 5 through adult
  • Lessons for 30, 45, or 60 minutes, once a week, scheduled directly with the assigned instructor
  • All lessons online or on ISU campus
  • Instructors consist of ISU music performance and music education majors,  supervised and observed by Dr. Eleanor Christman Cox, director of the program, Dr. Hyeri Choi, violin and viola professor, and Mr. Michael Frew, instructor of guitar.

For more information please contact:

Dr. Eleanor Christman Cox, director


Covid-19 Prevention Plan

Officials at ISU have spent the summer formulating a safety plan and we are coordinating our PSP plan with the university.  There are four facets to the plan.
  • Please wear a mask if that is how you are most comfortable.  Instructors may or may not be in masks; they are allowed to choose.  If the university changes this policy at any point, you will be notified. 
  • Students must wash hands before their lesson according to CDC guidelines--for 20 seconds--and attend to all areas between the wrists and fingertips, including between fingers and under nails. Washing hands upon entering the building is more preventative than using hand sanitizer, unless the bathroom happens to be crowded.  It is even more important this year for students to have nails cut short the day of the lesson.  Students should arrive 3-5 minutes before the lesson in order to execute these steps.  After lessons, students can choose to wash hands or use hand sanitizer, which is posted in a few places throughout the building.

Beginning violin student


Beginner string lessons are designed for students with little or no experience on the instrument who want to learn basic skills. They play simple folk songs and stay in first position.

Intermediate violin student


Intermediate string lessons are designed for students who have been playing for a year or more and want to improve their skills. They work on pieces that include some shifting and late intermediate players learn vibrato.

Advanced violin student


Advanced string students have been playing for a few years and are comfortable with both shifting and vibrato. They play etudes, sonatas, and concertos.

Tuition Cost for 13 lessons

$208 per semester for 13 30-minute lessons
$312 per semester for 13 45-minute lessons
$416 per semester for 13 60-minute lessons

Please fill out the registration form below. 

Payment is due by 5 p.m. on 9m 2022. Pay through the online link (sent directly to you) or deliver/mail cash or check (made out to ISU Preparatory String Program) to Liz Christensen, the Music Department's administrative assistant:  Fine Arts Building, room 205 or Music Department, 921 South 8th Avenue, Stop 8099 Pocatello, ID 83209.


Mission Statement

The Idaho State University Preparatory String Program has two purposes:

  1. to provide quality private string instruction to committed students of all ages and levels who do not pursue college credit;
  2. to provide mentored teaching internships for string majors who are pursuing music degrees at Idaho State University.


Fall 2022 Schedule:

Week of August 29, lessons begin
Week of September 5 (Monday, September 5 Labor Day)
Friday, September 9, tuition due by 5 p.m.
Week of September 12
Week of September 19
Week of September 26
Week of October 3
Week of October 10
Week of October 17
Week of October 24
Week of October 31
Week of November 7, make up lessons or a week off
Week of November 14
Week of November 21 THANKSGIVING BREAK
Week of November 28
Week of December 5
Friday, December 9 Dress Rehearsal
Saturday, December 10 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. recitals
*All lessons are in-person unless otherwise arranged with the director and instructor.


Eleanor Christman Cox

Our Director
Eleanor Christman Cox, DMA

is Assistant Professor of Cello in the ISU Music Department, where she teaches applied cello and related courses, is a member of the Monarch Trio, is principal cellist of the Idaho State-Civic Symphony, and directs the Preparatory String Program. She performs widely as a chamber and orchestral musician.


Dr. Eleanor Christman Cox, director

Go Tell Aunt Rhody, folk song by Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Going Up the Swing by Kathryn Brid Kinnard

Minuet No. 1 by J.S. Bach

Excerpt of 1st movement of Violin Concerto No. 1, Op. 26 by Max Bruch