Stringalong provides a quality string teaching program for students in disadvantaged schools. There is no audition process to enter the program. Since its inception in 2007, Stringalong has enabled several hundred students from various schools in the Burnie municipality to experience the challenge of learning violin, cello, viola and double bass. Whilst the program began in primary schools, it has now extended to both Parklands High School and Hellyer College. Some students continue with the program for several years. These players commonly go on to attend the annual week long Residential Summer String Camp. Continuing students have participated in AMEB examinations and others extend their learning with private lessons. Dedicated, long term Stringalong musicians are now active members of the Cradle Coast Community Orchestra.
Current teachers are Josie Riches (primary), and Stephanie Perry (secondary). The Department of Education covers teaching costs. Burnie City Council provides an annual community grant to accommodate the ongoing maintenance of instruments. Other key supporters have included Emu Bay Lions Club, Rotary Club of Burnie, Cripps Nubake, Lion, Grange Resources and Tasmanian Alkaloids. Grants have also been received from the Regional Arts Fund and the Tasmanian Community Fund. Contact: Lynne Price – 0409 361 940.