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.

Instruction:

  • 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:

  • 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:

For the VIOLIN, the fee is 600 Rands per school year of which R300 must be paid before the instrument can be taken home. For those able to pay for the entire 2014 school year before the end of February, a discount of 10% will be given. The VIOLIN fee with the discount for complete payment will be R60. The fee for the year will therefore be R540.

For the CELLO/DOUBLE BASS, the fee is 800 Rands per school year of which R400 must be paid before the instrument can be taken home. For those able to pay for the entire 2014 school year before the end of February, a discount of 10% will be given. The CELLO/DOUBLE BASS fee with the discount for complete payment will be R80. The fee for the year will therefore be R720.

New learners must pay for two terms (R300) in advance before tuition can begin.

The fee includes the hire of the instrument, materials, repairs and ad-hoc instructors.

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.

Register a Child for the Program

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.