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Preparatory String Program

The ISU Preparatory String Program offers 10 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, and Dr. Hyeri Choi, violin and viola professor.

For more information please contact:

Dr. Eleanor Christman Cox, director

Violin Student taking lesson as part of the Preparatory String Program

Viola Student taking lesson as part of the Preparatory String Program

Cello Student taking lesson as part of the Preparatory String Program

Bass Student taking lesson as part of the Preparatory String Program

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.
  • All of our rooms have been studied for the safety of different types of activities and numbers of participants during the pandemic.  String lessons will require larger rooms in order to have a minimum of 6 feet of social distance between teacher and student.  This semester there may not be room for parents to sit in on lessons.  
  • All persons visiting campus are required to wear a mask, including parents and students of all ages.  Masks must cover the nose and mouth and fit properly to reduce touching by wearers.  Avoid bringing babies and toddlers, who may not be able to wear a mask properly, into the Fine Arts Building (or any other building on campus). 
  • Between lessons, the air will be filtered and chairs and stands sanitized with CDC-approved wipes.  Teachers will also wipe door handles.  Be assured that our teachers will be trained to execute these steps properly.  
  • 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.

Fall 2020 Schedule:

Week of August 24 in person
Week of August 31 OFF 
Week of September 7 online
Friday, September 11 tuition due by 5 p.m.
Week of September 14 in person
Week of September 21 online
Week of September 28 in person
Week of October 5 online
Week of October 12 in person
Week of October 19 online
Week of October 26 OFF
Week of November 2 in person
Week of November 9 online


Tuition Cost for 10 lessons, Fall 2020

$140 per semester for 10 30-minute lessons 
$210 per semester for 10 45-minute lessons
$280 per semester for 10 60-minute lessons

Please fill out the registration form below. 

Payment is due by 5 p.m. on Friday, September 11, 2020. 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.



ISU Preparatory String Program Student Registration Form