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School of Music, Theatre, and Dance

Kansas State University Symphony Orchestra
School of Music, Theatre, and Dance
Kansas State University
109 McCain Auditorium
1501 Goldstein Circle
Manhattan, KS  66506

Rachel Dirks, Director          




String Education Resources

K-12 Music Teachers - We're here to help!

Members of the K-State String Division and Symphony Orchestra are excited to provide a wonderful variety of presentations, clinics, and other outreach projects for music programs of all ages. Below are a few of the many ways we can support you and your students this year:

Online Educational Opportunities:

Clinics, sectionals, pedagogical presentations, or coping with stress and anxiety are a few of the many options for students and teachers found in the following document: 


String Teacher Think Tank: 

Would you like the chance to visit with fellow string teachers about some of your questions or concerns regarding teaching online or in a Hybrid setting? Do you have some great ideas you would be willing to share? Fill out the following form to express your interest in an informal round table discussion regarding teaching orchestra during the COVID-19 pandemic: 

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Low String & Musical Online Resources: 

This past summer the K-State MME Teaching Team designed a wonderful set of teaching videos for low string position, posture, and performance. The following document contains links to these videos as well as links to other invaluable online resources for music educators: 

If you are interested in exploring any of these opportunities, please contact Dr. Rachel Dirks (rdirks@ksu.edu) or Dr. Cora Cooper (corac@ksu.edu) to set up a project for your program!