The NSO Family Strings Program is for elementary school students with a deep desire to learn how to play the violin or cello. This program provides students with a thirty-minute private lesson and a bi-monthly group lesson at a price they can afford. The NSO makes up the difference in instructor fees and provides an instrument at no charge. The Family Strings Program is a twelve-week session with an NSO-approved instructor who incorporates elements of the Suzuki method of teaching. Lessons are on Thursday afternoons at the First Presbyterian Church in Newport. There are a limited number of openings for this program so it is based on a first-come, first-served basis per session. Applications can be sent to the NSO office by September 15th for the fall session (September – December) or December 15th for the Winter session (January – March).