National String Project Consortium

NSPC Impact

The NSPC is actively involved in seeking grants and gifts to assist the current String Project sites in continuing to provide high quality education and training, and also help provide start up assistance to those institutions seeking to create new sites. Since 1999, the NSPC has received grants totaling about $2.3 million from FIPSE (US Department of Education), the NEA, Knight Foundation, Psaras Foundation, Heller Foundation, D’Addario Foundation, NABIM, NAMM, Strings Magazine, the Dana Foundation, and Yamaha.


Undergraduate College Students Teaching in String Projects:

YEAR                NUMBER OF UNDERGRADUATE TEACHERS
1999–2000     43
2000–2001     80
2001–2002    139
2007–2008    307
2008–2009    333
2009–2010    297
2010–2011    324
2011–2012    420

2012–2013    424

2013–2014    422

2014–2015    373



Impacting String Education.


Since its inception the NSPC has been responsible for the stringed instrument education of well over 8,000 children of public school age in 43 sites around the United States. The NSPC’s teacher training program has reached over 600 String Music Education students in the sponsoring colleges and universities, and assisted with the education of over 250 new public school teachers in the past five years alone.

Success of the NSPC String Projects

One sign of the success of the NSPC is that 81% of the String Projects in the NSPC had success in increasing the number of music education majors at their school.


80%  of college graduating String Project student teachers are still teaching (2015 site survey). This percentage is highly positive, as research shows that 40–50% of teachers leave the profession within their first five years (Kinsey, Riley, others)

The Impact

Number of Students in String Projects:


YEAR                 NUMBER OF STUDENTS
1999–2000     500
2000–2001     713
2001–2002     1302
2007–2008     2168
2008–2009     2368
2009–2010     2385
2010–2011     2627
2011–2012     3212

2012–2013     3177

2013–2014     3193

2014–2015     3125




String students and teachers are growing.


Another sign of the success of the NSPC is the growth in the total number of students and teachers involved in these String Projects over the years. The figures below show the overall numbers of students in NSPC programs.