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. Violin lessons are on Wednesday afternoons at First Presbyterian Church in Newport. Cello lessons are on Wednesday afternoons at St. John's Episcopal Church in Toledo. 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.