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The Strings Department

The Music Institute is proud of its first-rate strings program. You can take private lessons in guitar (classical, jazz, or pop/rock), violin, viola, cello, and bass, plus you can join a small chamber ensemble. The Cello Ensemble and String Orchestra are open to students of all ages who perform a successful audition.

We also offer the renowned Colourstrings™ program. Colourstrings™ is a world-renowned method of musical instruction that begins from the earliest stages of a child’s instruction and develops the necessary skills of study for college level. The Hungarian Szilvay brothers have based their method, the Kodaly method, which integrates instrumental studies with singing. In using scientifically related colors to identify specific strings, children develop the ability to read music readily in a natural progression of learning. Students receive 30 minute group lessons per week with a minimum of three and a maximum of five students per class. Ages are 4-8 years old.  Parents are encouraged to attend lessons.  For more information about the Colourstrings™ method, visit the Colourstrings web site at

TMI's orchestral string faculty is one of the best you will find in any preparatory program. Nearly all of our teachers are also HCC college instructors, and many also teach at other colleges, music conservatories, and music departments in the Delmarva region. Our string faculty has appeared in concert in venues including Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, and Alice Tully Hall. They teach from experience gained in the real world of performing on the concert circuit.

The guitar faculty approach teaching as an individualized activity. Lessons are designed with each student’s interests and needs in mind. Believing that a student will learn best with music that he or she knows and loves, the guitar faculty tailor lessons to each student’s tastes while addressing the important technical, theoretical, and musical requirements for each style of music. Age ranges are from 8 to senior citizens. The guitar faculty are well-versed in many different styles including Classical, Folk, Blues, Rock, and Jazz. Both electric and acoustic instruments are taught.

For younger students (8 years and younger), we are able to accommodate their physical limitations with such starter instruments as baritone ukuleles and half-size guitars, often lending the instrument for a time until the student is ready to move ahead to his or her larger instrument. Our faculty structure lessons based on the cognitive and physical talents of each student as well as musical tastes, making lessons educational and interesting as well as enjoyable. 

Meet the TMI Strings Faculty:

Dr. Benjamin Myers, Coordinator of String Studies
Read Dr. Myers' bio here
Rather jump right in? Click here to contact Dr. Myers

Julie Ahn, violin
Dr. Yoon Young Bae, violin
Joan Bob, violin and viola
Bruce Casteel, classical guitar

Katy I-Hsuang Chiang, cello
Yoon-Nah Cho, violoncello and chamber music
Minsun Choi, violin
Scott Goriup, guitar 
Rachel Han, double bass
Dr. Cathleen Jeffcoat, violin, Colourstrings™

Dr. Yi-Hsin (Cindy) Lin, violin
Michael Raitzyk, jazz guitar and improvisation
Jeff Reed, acoustic and electric bass, jazz improvisation
Dr. Sheng-Tsung Wang, violin

Dr. Myers coordinates all stringed instruments EXCEPT jazz guitar. Dr. Kyle Coughlin coordinates the placement of students interested in jazz guitar.

Interested in classical guitar? Contact Dr. Myers here.

Interested in jazz (R&B, blues, bebop)? Contact Dr. Coughlin here.

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