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B i o g r a p h y

The Ozark String Project was founded in 2007 by Barbara Deegan at the Ava School District in Ava, Missouri. There were 12 students in the program during this first year, and the program has now grown to over 70 students.

The Ozark String Project is an after school program that strives to accomplish the following goals:

1. Affordable lessons for all students regardless of income.

2. Finanancial support for teachers in the program.

3. A combination of note reading and playing by ear.

4. Both classical and traditional fiddle literature.

5. Practice intervention structure for students who require it.

6. Performance experience for all students.

7. Apprenticeship training for teachers.

8. A choice between group or private lessons.

As our program has grown, we have learned how to apply a combination of Suzuki books,  folk tunes, fiddle tunes, and classical literature to challange our students with a variety of styles. In addition, Nashvillle recording artist fiddle player Mark O'Connor donated some of his own method books to the program.  In addition, local luthier, violin teacher, and 9-time Missouri Fiddle Champion Junior Marriott provides support and guidance for the program as well as help with instrument maintenance and repair.

So far we have violins, violas, and cellos for our program. Looking to the future, we are seeking funding  to expand our program to include string bass. If you are interested in donating to the program or if you would like to find out more about us, contact:

Barbara Deegan



Jennifer Page

Ozark String Project

Ava R-I School District

PO Box 338

507 N Spring Street

Ave, Missouri 65608

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