Duke University String School is staff of music teachers who teach students how to play music. DUSS has started school music programs in Dunn, Lillington and Durham, North Carolina. Students from DUSS have played for Candlelight tours of the White House, and have hosted many students from other countries to play with them.
Duke University String School began in January 1967 in a building owned by Duke University. It was founded by Arlene Di Cecco and Dorothy Kitchen. During this time the members of the Ciompi Quartet were part of the staff, but now serve only as advisors. At first, it was only Dorothy Kitchen, Arlene di Cecco, and 25 other students to whom they gave lessons. Three years after the start of the school an orchestra was added and chamber music groups soon after that. Now there are numerous private instructors, three orchestras at different advancement levels, at least ten chamber music groups per semester, a year-long theory class and more than 250 students.