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Hurley Helps Train Public School Orchestra Teachers

By Harley Dartt

East Carolina University music education professor Greg Hurley has been awarded a grant for a program that will help alleviate the shortage of public school orchestra teachers.

Hurley will train the next generation of string educators and promote young string talent through the use of a teaching practicum for undergraduate music education students.

Beginning this fall, ECU String Project student teachers will instruct fourth-and-fifth-grade violin, viola, cello and bass students, and participate in all other duties associated with teaching. The program will supplement string offerings for those in public school programs, and offer group instruction to those students who may not have access to a school music program.

The program is funded by a grant from the Dana Foundation through an application process from the National String Project Consortium. The NSPC is a coalition of String Project sites based at colleges and universities across the U.S. dedicated to increasing the number of children playing stringed instruments, and addressing the critical shortage of string teachers in the United States.

Hurley teaches undergraduate and graduate students at the School of Music and conducts the Eastern Youth Junior Orchestra, one of three orchestras that comprise the Eastern Youth Orchestras. He is past-president of both the North Carolina and Colorado units of the American String Teachers Association, and he is editor of the String Syllabus, Volume I for the American String Teachers Association.

Students interested in participating should contact Hurley at 328-1245 or by e-mail at

This page originally appeared in the Aug. 29, 2008 issue of Pieces of Eight. Complete issue is archived at