Strings Classes

Strings Classes are group violin and cello lessons taught by professional musicians from the Mobile Symphony.  Third-eighth grade students participate in a variety of in-school and after-school programs.

Strings Class instructors are all accomplished professional musicians with the Mobile Symphony who encourage students to reach their full potential.  The instructors provide students with basic music theory training in addition to instrumental technique.  Students also receive opportunities throughout the year to perform as a group for small audiences at their schools and in their community.

Instrument Information

All students need to be sized for their instrument by either a strings class instructor or salesperson at the music store. Please avoid instruments that have been painted different colors as they are very difficult to maintain and keep in tune.

String instruments can be purchased or rented from several local music stores. Click store for a cost estimate.
M&S Music 3684 Airport Blvd. Mobile, Al. 36608 (251) 343-9300
Andy’s Music 1412 Hillcrest Road Mobile, Al. 36695 (251) 633-8944

We also recommend purchasing from the following web sites:
Shar Music |
Mendini Musical Instruments |
KK Music Store |
Southwest Strings |

2015-2016 Participating Schools

Click on the school to download their registration form. 

Baldwin County
Christ the King School
Fairhope Elementary School
Rockwell Elementary School
Snook Youth Club of Foley*
Spanish Fort Elementary School
Stapleton Elementary School*

MSO Strings Class FAQ’s 

When do we start?

Classes begin the last week of September.

How many lessons are there?


Do I need to have my own instrument?

Yes, you may buy or rent an instrument. (See instrument information) The Mobile Symphony also gives out a limited number of free scholarship instruments for use during the school year.

How much does strings class cost?

First Year:  $200  ($8 per class)
Second Year:  $240  ($9.60 per class)
Third Year:  $300  ($12 per class)

The reason our fees go up each year you take the class is that the class sizes are smaller in more advanced classes.  As a result, your students will receive more one-on-one time with the teacher in these classes.

What if I can't pay the Strings Class fee all at once?

You can arrange a payment plan with the Mobile Symphony. A limited amount of scholarship assistance is also available.
For scholarship assistance, please complete the 2014-2015 Scholarship Application Form.

Are there other costs?

In addition to an instrument and tuition, you will need to purchase an instruction book, shoulder rest, and a music stand. You may also purchase a “Beginner Kit” from Andy’s Music or the Mobile Symphony. If you order a kit with your registration, your student will receive it at their first class. Kits will also be available at the Parent Orientation and at Andy’s Music

What should I expect?

To have fun! But to get the most out of the class you will need to practice at home at least 15 minutes a day. Join us at one of our Parent Orientation dates to talk with MSO staff, purchase equipment and ask questions!


Still have questions? Contact the Ben Harper at 251-432-2010.