To begin enrollment in the Starkville Strings School, please complete the form below.

Acceptance and Eligibility Statement

We accept all students, and we have no preference for any specific race, religion, ethnicity, gender, sexual preference, gender assignment or reassignment, appearance, etc.

Scholarship Program

For the first time, Starkville Strings School is now able to offer some limited scholarships for students who are in need of financial assistance. 

Instrument Loan/Rental Program

Starkville Strings School has a small number of instruments available for reduced or no cost to the parent/guardian of the student.  These instruments are reserved for those who have the greatest need.

Brooklin is a student at the Starkville Strings School and she is growing in leaps & bounds under the teaching of Shandy Phillips. Shandy's not only a teacher but a mentor in Brooklin eyes. Shandy has found a way to the heart of where strings matter in her life. Because of this, I am grateful and appreciate all the hard work and time Shandy has put in bringing Brooklin to where she is today. We look forward to many years of working with the Starkville strings school.
Cheryl Martin
Katie (7y) has studied violin for 2 years. At first, she did not know anything about violin and almost gave up. However, when she saw some advanced kids' playing she got excited about learning. She was very encouraged by the opportunity to have a solo recital which was a huge confidence boost. She had a lot of fun with the group playing in several events in two years. Recently, she got inspired from the visiting Japanese kids. She knows that she can do it. We all like Ms. Shandy. She is a wonderful and patient teacher.
Iwei Chu
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Chamber orchestra refers generally to a smaller orchestra comprised of stringed instrumentalists.  In this class, which meets for an hour once a week, students learn orchestral skills which they can take into a wider arena of orchestral playing.  Learning to play together in a large ensemble is an important life skill for musicians.

Chamber music is music performed by multiple players in small numbers, one player per part.  This class promotes musical awareness, independence and interdependence.  Students are highly encouraged to set up their own outside rehearsals, and each group is coached by an instructor once a week.

Private lessons are generally half an hour once a week, and one-on-one with a private violin, viola, or cello instructor within the school.  Some private lessons are 20 minutes once a week, if a student is of a very young age (3-5 years old) and is beginning an instrument.  Other lesson are 45 minutes each week, or one hour each week, if a student has progressed to the point of requiring more time.