Frequently Asked Questions

My child is home-schooled. Can I enroll him in lessons with CSP?

Yes. Our lessons are held in Bristol/Warren school buildings, but your child does not have to attend the school to attend our lessons. Please visit our Youth Programs page for a list of lesson locations and times; you can also speak with our staff at the next registration session to choose the correct class for your child. Or email us anytime at

I’ve never played a string instrument, but I’ve always wanted to learn. I don't know how to read music. Can I still take lessons?

Yes. Our adult beginner class is open to anyone (grade 9 to adult) interested in learning the violin, viola, cello, or bass. Absolutely no experience is necessary. You do need to rent an instrument; we can help you find a reliable rental shop in your area. Students in elementary school (grades 3-5) can take beginner classes as well. Please see our Adult Programs page for complete class descriptions.

Do I need to be a resident of Bristol or Warren (or Rhode Island) to take lessons?

Residency is not a requirement for participation. We have students from Aquidneck Island and as far away as Chepachet in Rhode Island, and some of our instructors live in Connecticut and Massachusetts. Everyone is welcome at CSP.

Are you affiliated with the Bristol/Warren (Rhode Island) School System?

We are an independent 501(c)3 non-profit organization. We are not part of the school system or funded by any tax dollars. All of our funding comes from grants, fundraising activities, and lesson fees. We are grateful to the school system for allowing us to conduct classes in the school facilities, and have a wonderful working relationship with the principals, music teachers, and COZ administrators in each of the schools. This allows us to keep our lesson fees as low as possible while providing an outstanding experience for our string musicians.


I am a beginning student.  May I register at any time for classes?


Unfortunately since these are ensemble classes we can only accept beginning students in the fall semester as the gaps in their ability levels will become too great later in the year.  


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