Taking String Lessons

String players at Duke may take individual lessons on their instrument (see below). Guitarists also have the option of taking Class Guitar (MUSIC 101-3).

  • Violin (MUSIC 104-1 or MUSIC 204-1)
  • Viola (MUSIC 104-2 or MUSIC 204-2)
  • Cello (MUSIC 104-3 or MUSIC 204-3)
  • Double Bass (MUSIC 104-4 or MUSIC 204-4)
  • Classical Guitar (MUSIC 104-5 or MUSIC 204-5)
  • Jazz Guitar (MUSIC 104-6 or MUSIC 204-6)
  • Harp (MUSIC 104-7 or MUSIC 204-7)

There are fantastic opportunities for string players in the Duke Symphony Orchestra, Duke New Music Ensemble [dnme], and Chamber Music groups. Jazz guitarists will find exciting opportunities in the Jazz Ensemble.

All lessons and ensembles require an audition, which takes place during the first week of classes.


Auditions will be conducted by Harry Davidson, music director of the Symphony Orchestra, as well as members of the string faculty (see below).

At the audition, students will be asked to play parts of a movement from a composition of their choice (concerto, sonata, etc.) and to sight-read a brief excerpt.



The Music Library in the Biddle Music Building houses thousands of scores and recordings, as well as online listening resources.

The Biddle Music Building contains 15 practice rooms available to any Duke student. There are additional practice rooms on West Campus.