The strings chamber music course offers a variety of instrumental combinations and repertoire, primarily string quartets. Ensembles may also include piano trios, quartets and quintets, as well as combinations with wind instruments. Groups are coached one hour week in addition to a weekly studio class. Group rehearsals should average three hours/week preparation. Group members are encouraged to develop responsible practice habits through individual preparation and effective rehearsal techniques. Performance opportunities include the studio classes, Tuesday one o'clock concerts, student recitals, and the chamber music recital/jury at the end of each semester. Grading is primarily based on the group performance level achieved, with individual factors such as responsibility to rehearsal/lesson times, preparation, and positive contributions being included.