Strings For Kids

Strings For Kids is in its 10th 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 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!


There will be no Saturday beginner ensemble this semester due to low enrollment.

 FACULTY RECITAL FEB. 11th It’s our turn to perform for you! Come to All Souls Church at 3 p.m. on Sunday, February 11th, to see proof that your teachers at Artspace practice, too!

ANNUAL POTTERY SECONDS AND MORE SALE will be on both Friday March 2nd, and Saturday March 3rd, at the Greenfield Community College Dining Commons. ALL SFK Students will perform at this fundraiser, in 20-30 minute blocks on Saturday March 3rd. Please consider volunteering for this event!

10:30-11:00- 3rd grade violins, Newton                       1:30-2:00- 4th grade, 4 Corners

11:00-11:30- 3rd grade cellos, Newton                        2:00-2:30- 3rd grade violins, 4 Corners

11:30-12:00- 4th grade Newton                                    2:30-3:00- 3rd grade cellos, Federal St.

12:00-12:30- Advanced Ensemble                               3:00-3:30- 4th grade, Federal St.

12:30-1:00- GMS/MSA                                               3:30-4:00– 3rd grade violins, Federal St.    

1:00-1:30- 3rd grade cellos, 4 Corners

Also, please return to your child’s SFK teacher the Volunteer handout we sent home the week of Jan. 29.  We need your help at this huge, fun event.

FEDERAL STREET CONCERT will be on March 29th at 6:30 p.m.. All Federal Street SFK students are performing!

ARTSPACE SPRING RECITAL will be on Sunday, May 20th. Save the date! We will divide the recital into two different hours, one at 2 p.m., and one at 3:30 p.m.

Heather Sommerlad
SFK Director and Instructor

Schedule for the SFK Program as of August 24, 2017

Group Lessons in the schools begin the week of September 11, 2017

Federal Street School:
3rd grade Violins: Tuesdays 2:55 pm – 3:45 pm with Heather Sommerlad
3rd grade Cellos: Fridays 2:55 pm – 3:45 pm with Cecilia Berger
All 4th grade: Mondays 2:55 pm – 3:45 pm with Maria Ramsey

Four Corners School:
3rd grade Violins: Mondays 2:55 pm – 3:45 pm with Maria Ramsey
3rd grade Cellos: Tuesdays 2:55 pm – 3:45 pm with Julie Carew
All 4th grade: Tuesdays 2:55 pm – 3:45 pm with Eleni Yalanis

Newton Street School:
3rd grade Violins: Wednesdays 2:40 pm – 3:25 pm with Maria Ramsey
3rd grade Cellos: Thursdays 2:40 pm – 3:25 pm with Cecilia Berger
All 4th grade: Wednesdays 1:55 pm – 2:40 pm with Maria Ramsey

All SFK students: Fridays 3:40 pm – 4:30 pm with Heather Sommerlad and Cecilia Berger

Saturday ensembles will begin September 23, 2017
3rd graders: 9:15 am – 10:00 am with Heather Sommerlad This ensemble has been cancelled due to low enrollment.
4th-12th graders: 10:00 am – 11:00 am with Heather Sommerlad


Strings For Kids Question Of The Week

Week of 2/12:

Question: What famous composer was born on Feb. 23?

Answer:February 23: In 1685, George Frideric Handel was born in Halle, Germany. The English Baroque composer is most famous for The Messiah and numerous other chamber music pieces.

Week of 2/5:

Question: When is the Faculty Recital?  Will you go to see your teacher perform??

Answer: Sunday, Feb. 11 at 3pm at All Souls Church. YES!

The Strings For Kids program is generously supported by the D’Addario Foundation.