Selection Criteria:

  • Pupils must be recommended by a staff member of the pupils school.
  • Pupils must be recommended by a staff member of the Mangaung String Programme.
  • Pupils must be disciplined, responsible, musical and of a good academic standard.
  • Preference will be given to pupils between the ages of 7 and 10 years old.
  • Ability to pay the required fee.


  • Pupils receive lessons in groups where appropriate.
  • Tuition follows the school calendar.
  • Instruction takes place at a time and place subject to negotiation with the school authorities.
  • Advanced pupils will be given individual tuition and longer lesson periods.
  • All pupils who meet the minimum standard are required to participate in one of the programs Orchestra.


  • Instruments are provided by the Mangaung String Programme Trust.
  • Instruments remain the property of the Mangaung String Programme Trust.
  • Instruments may be kept by the pupils during the school holidays.

Fee Structure:

2021: Fees are R1200 per school year of which R600 must be paid before the instrument can be taken home. For those able to pay for the entire school year before the end of February, a discount of 10% will be given. Fees (with the discount of R120 applied) will amount to R1080 for the school year.

New learners must pay for two terms (R600) in advance before tuition can begin.

The fee includes tuition, hire of the instrument, teaching materials, transport (if you should require it), minor repairs and cleaning.

The Department of Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation, the University of the Free State and the Mangaung String Progarmme Trust pay the salaries of the teachers, all other costs are solely dependent on prompt payment of the music fee. Failure to pay this modest fee will jeopardize our ability to provide instruments, learning materials and transport.

We expect children to succeed. If pupils don’t progress we reserve the right to replace them with others who deserve the opportunity to learn.

Membership in the programme is a privilege and not a right. Children who fail to attend lessons, who fail to practice, show the proper discipline or respect for fellow learners or members of staff or fail to care for their instrument will be dismissed from the programme. The decision to dismiss a learner is solely the decision of the staff of the MSP.

In order to advance on the violin, children should practice a minimum of 30 minutes every day.

It is the responsibility of the parent guardian to monitor the child’s participation.

For application forms, please visit our office (Room 19) at the Musicon. Alternatively, contact us on our office cellphone 072 914 5025 for more information.

The Mangaung String Programme is a joint collaborative programme between the Free State Musicon, the University of the Free State and the Mangaung String Programme Trust.