Violin, viola, cello and bass students explore technical and theoretical topics of interest to string players. Classes include lectures and research, as well as demonstrations, performances and analyses of techinical issues.
All music students are required to take one year of Music Theory and Music History.
In each semester, they are also required to take Individual Applied Music which provides training in ensemble performance through participation in large ensembles and chamber music. Students of orchestral instruments participate in Concertato String Orchestra or Wind Ensemble as large groups, and also in chamber music for smaller combinations of instruments. Strings combine with Winds once each semester for a Chamber Orchestra (Sinfonia) concert. Additionally, all music students sing in the Governor's School Choir each semester they are enrolled. Students also enjoy several performance opportunities in semester performances and student recitals, in addition to ensemble.The ensembles that give credit for Ensemble Applied Music for Strings are:
- Governor's School Choir
- Chamber Orchestra (Sinfonia)
- String Orchestra (Concertato)
- Chamber Music
Each student receives weekly private lessons, group technique classes, instrumental master classes and private coaching.