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Fortwilliam Park, Belfast,
BT15 4AR,
028 9078 4200

Strings Senior Department

The String Department offers lessons on the following instruments-Violin-Viola-Cello-Bass

Application for admission is by audition and students should have reached Grade 2 level at time of entry for the Senior Department

All students accepted for tuition will receive a ½ hour lesson on their main instrument, a group theory and aural lesson; and will be placed in an orchestra appropriate to their level of development.

We have very experienced and dedicated staff who work to support the students in developing their playing to a high standard of performance

Performance Opportunities
We welcome students who are having private lessons to audition for the orchestras.  They will be placed in a group suited to their level of development. All the orchestras for string students rehearse on Saturday morning, the orchestras have been designed to allow students at a similar level to work together with a view to performing in either a formal or informal setting. We believe that performance is an essential part of a student’s development
Senior Department students will be timetabled for one of the following groups based on their level of performance.Students have to take a competitive audition to receive a place in the
City of Belfast Youth Orchestra
Senior Department String Groups

Advanced Student
City of Belfast Youth Orchestra
Concert Orchestra 

Intermediate Students
Divertimenti Strings
String Orchestra     

Junior  Department String Groups
Junior Strings
Elementary Strings
Introductory Strings

We also facilitate a student’s interest in chamber music by organising quartet/trio rehearsals

Group lessons for the young beginner
Shared lessons are available for young interested students who also attend the Junior Music Centre
All stringed instruments are available in various sizes for hire.

Therese McKinney
Acting Head of Music Service
Head of String/Harp Department