Strings For Kids

Strings For Kids is in its 11th year in the Greenfield Public Schools!

Strings For Kids is a free music program run by Artspace in collaboration with Greenfield Public Schools. Students who enroll in Strings For Kids are offered a choice of learning to play violin or cello, and receive the following benefits at no charge:

  • Instrument loan for the duration of enrollment
  • Weekly in-school group instruction and large ensembles led by Artspace faculty
  • Guidance on self-directed daily practice
  • Weeklong summer intensives for both incoming and returning students
  • Opportunities to perform at school meetings, Artspace recitals, and occasionally at other venues

If you would like to learn more about the the Strings For Kids program, please call Artspace at (413) 772-6811 or email us at Check our events page for information on upcoming concerts and support our student performers!


Schedule for the SFK Program as of September 10, 2018

Group Lessons in the schools begin the week of September 10, 2018

Federal Street School: taught by Heather Sommerlad
3rd graders: Mondays 2:55 pm – 3:45 pm
4th graders: Fridays 2:55 pm – 3:45 pm

Four Corners School: taught by Julie Carew
3rd graders: Mondays 2:55 pm – 3:45 pm
4th graders: Tuesdays 2:55 pm – 3:45 pm

Newton Street School: taught by Julie Carew and Maria Ramsey
3rd graders: Mondays 1:55 pm – 2:35 pm
4th graders: Tuesdays 1:55 pm – 2:35 pm

All SFK students: Fridays 3:40 pm – 4:30 pm with Heather Sommerlad and Rafe Wolman

GHS: Wednesdays 2:15-3:15 with Heather Sommerlad

Saturday Ensembles with Heather Sommerlad:

3rd graders: 9:15 am – 10:00 am
4th-12th graders: 10:00 am – 11:00 am




POTTERY SECONDS AND MORE SALE will be on March 1st and 2nd at Greenfield Community College. SFK groups will perform on Saturday March 2nd. See times below! (If your child would also like to play a solo at the pottery sale, just let their teacher know! Solos start at 3.)

Artspace is looking for adult and young adult volunteers to help with the sale on March 1 and 2. Commitments can be for a couple of hours at a time. We will need help with greeting, unloading, putting up signs, general crowd control and all the functions that will make this event a fun and well-organized experience for shoppers as well as for vendors. We also aim to make this fun for the volunteers! This is one of Artspace’s biggest fundraisers of the year and all this work helps keep our community arts center doing what we do and looking ahead to more programs with diverse offerings. If you want to learn more about volunteering, email Sam Wood at or call 413-772-6811. Thank you so much for your support!  

NO SATURDAY ENSEMBLE MARCH 2ND In lieu of our normal Saturday ensemble rehearsal, students will perform at the pottery sale. Please note the time changes!

Pottery Seconds and More SFK Performance Schedule

10:30-11:00—Advanced Ensemble 11:00-11:30—GMS

11:30-12:00—4th Grade Four Corners 12:00-12:30—3rd Grade Four Corners

12:30-1:00—Beginner Ensemble 1:00-1:30—3rd Grade Federal Street

1:30-2:00—4th Grade Federal Street 2:00-2:30—3rd Grade Newton

2:30-3:00—4th Grade Newton 3:00-3:30—Solo Student Volunteers

Fiddle practice
Fiddle teacher Rafe Wolman recorded a song from lessons so you can listen and play along while rehearsing.
About the recording, Rafe says: “I tried to play the tune/theme pretty close to the way I taught in class on Friday. I played it three times through, and the second two times have some variation, especially in the way I ‘fill in’ the long drawn out notes at the ends of the phrases.”
Here is the link to the recording:
Bamalong Blues from the fiddler Andrew Baxter.

Thank you!

Heather (, Julie (, and Sam (



Classics for Kids


The Strings For Kids program is generously supported by the Classics for Kids and D’Addario Foundations.