Princeton String Academy
Princeton String Academy was founded in 2005 by Paul Manulik, violist and violinist. Mr. Manulik has a long history of string performance and musicianship; first growing up in a family of musicians in Wisconsin, with accomplished players in five instruments—piano, cello, string base, violin and viola—and earning a Master’s Degree in Viola Performance. Subsequently, he held two long-term positions with The Cedar Rapids Symphony, Director of the School of Music and Assistant Principal Violist. This dual career path offered him the unique and invaluable benefits of knowing both sides of the business –educational and performing—both equally important for the development of fine musicians.
After moving to Princeton, Mr. Manulik founded Princeton String Academy to offer the community a unique learning environment, one that focuses on string performance and yet offers the services and programs of a larger music school. These services include private and group instruction and performance, competition training and support, on the local and national level, and master classes with visiting musicians, among other programs.
Our teaching is premised on the Suzuki teaching method https://suzukiassociation.org/ which offers a natural learning environment premised on how children first learn to speak a language. According to Mr. Manulik and attested to by student performance in string competitions, “Our unique and multi-faceted learning environment enables our students to achieve top performance levels.” Students play in recitals at Carnegie Hall and in master classes with concert violinists and violists. Students take top prizes in local and state competitions and are regularly selected for state and national youth orchestras, among other accomplishments. At Princeton String Academy, we strongly believe in the ability of all students and work individually with each student to achieve his/her greatest potential. Our faculty and staff reflect our high standards of professionalism and musicianship.