Are you a fan of musical strings? At the Southeast Missouri Music Academy String Project, students cultivate in-depth knowledge of the strings (violin, viola, cello or bass).

String Project students develop basic competence on their instruments before they are taught to read music. Through sequential learning, students focus on the development of good posture, consistently beautiful tone, accurate intonation, and musical phrasing.

Although reading readiness activities begin as soon as lessons begin, students demonstrating adequate facility on the instrument begin reading music at approximately age 5–7.

Students who are near or who have completed a Book I text may audition for the Cadet Orchestra.

Lesson Lengths

Lesson length for beginners is at the discretion of the assigned teacher. Most String Project teachers prefer a 30-minute lesson from the start. Once a student has completed a Volume 4 text, teachers often recommend they progress to a 45- or 60-minute lesson.

Cadet Orchestra Schedule 2022-2023

All rehearsals occur Mondays - Cultural Arts Center 155 (fall semester) and River Campus Center 120 (spring semester) unless otherwise indicated.

  • 5 - 6 p.m.

Southeast Missouri Music Academy Youth Orchestra 2022-2023

  • 6:00 - 7 p.m.
Summer Semester (2022)

June 20, June 27, July 11

Musicianship Classes for String Project Students

Each full semester enrollment also includes a weekly Musicianship Class for String Project students in 1st grade and above. Our progressive and comprehensive curriculum reinforces the basic skills needed for music study including theory, ear-training, sight singing, and the exploration of various composers and styles of music. During the spring semester, students will use the skills learned to compose their own music for possible performance on a spring recital. Classes are taught in a fun atmosphere that encourages students to use their creative abilities. Please refer to the Group Classes section for placement dates and more information.

Fall and spring semesters consist of 15 weeks of lessons, group classes, and Musicianship Classes, plus one week for make-ups and recitals. Registration form and instructional fee(s) must be received by the deadline (see below) to hold your spot for fall.

Professional Faculty

30-minute lessons

  • $454 - full semester
  • $401 - 12 week
  • $288.50 - 8 week

45-minute lessons

  • $635.50 - full semester
  • $560 - 12 week
  • $394 - 8 week

60-minute lessons

  • $895 - full semester
  • $719 - 12 week
  • $501 - 8 week

Student Faculty

30-minute lessons

  • $300 - full semester
  • $250 - 12 week
  • $200 - 8 week

15-minute lessons (must have teacher OK)

  • $245 - full semester

Interested in enrolling in the Music Academy?

The enrollment process for entry to the Music Academy is for new and continuing students. Registration is required each semester.

Contact Us
Mailing Address
One University Plaza, MS 7925
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701