Individual study on any string instrument is available for college credit to MWSU students. Weekly private lessons with artist-teachers conform to a graduated system of proficiency levels and cover music of all styles. Lessons include study in both performance techniques and pedagogical methods.
Ample opportunity for solo performance is provided throughout the school year. Those string students who are majoring in music are required to present a senior recital. Students who elect to enter the performance emphasis program present both junior and senior recitals.
For the instrumental music education major, the department of music offers a two-semester strings class to be taken in addition to private lessons. This course, designed to give students playing technique on all string instruments along with a knowledge of current pedagogical practices, provides the foundation necessary for successful music teaching.
Ensemble performance opportunities include the Missouri Western Philharmonic, a college-community orchestra, designed to teach students the technique of orchestra playing.
String students at MWSU also have the opportunity of auditioning for the St. Joseph Symphony Orchestra, a fully-professional regional orchestra.
Strings Faculty: Matt Beckmann & Rico McNeela